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Localized & Whole Body Cryotherapy FAQ's

Who developed Localized and Whole Body Cryotherapy technology?

Cryotherapy was developed by a doctor in Japan for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. It has been researched and refined in Europe over the past two decades. Health, sports and spa professionals in the U.S. have discovered the benefits of cryotherapy.

Is Cryotherapy a proven treatment for recovery and health?

Yes, Cryotherapy has been used in Europe and Asia for almost thirty years. Cryotherapy is the use of extremely low temperatures to treat symptoms such as tissue damage (it's excellent for athletes), decrease inflammation, increase cell rejuvenation and improve skin tone.

How does Localized and Whole Body Cryotherapy work?

The client's body is exposed to applications of gasiform nitrogen to rapidly lower the skin surface temperature to 30°F to 32°F. The cryosauna temperature ranges between -130°F to -184°F for the two to three minutes of treatment. The brain reacts to the skin sensors by stimulating the regulatory functions of the body.

Is Nitrogen gas dangerous to human beings?

No, nitrogen is a friendly, non-tox gas. Nitrogen composes 78% of the air we breathe. The other components are 16% oxygen, 1% hydrogen and 5% other gases. Nitrogen is as common and safe as oxygen.

What does the client wear in the Whole Body Cryosauna?

We provide you with dry socks, slippers for the feet, light cotton gloves for the hands and a robe. All jewelry, watches, chains, bracelets, earrings are removed. Hair should be dry and skin free of lotions, and recent hair removal (avoid shaving body within 24-hours of cryo application). Cryotherapy is a dry cold with no moisture which has shown to be tolerable even to those who consider themselves cold-intolerant.

How does the client feel after a cryotherapy session?

Cryotherapy stimulates the body to release endorphins, the hormones that make us feel good and energetic. The buoyant effects from each session typically last for six to eight hours. Many clients report improvements in their sleep quality after cryotherapy.

Can the client catch a cold from cryotherapy?

No. The immediate cold impact of the cryotherapy will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time. The stimulation of the immune system can actually help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.

What health issues are Localized or Whole Body Cryotherapy known to treat?

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Inflammation of the Spine
  • Phantom Pain
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Headache/Migraines
  • Muscle Pain & Inflammation
  • Depression & Mood Disorders
  • Immune System Improvement
  • Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
  • Central Nervous System Disease
  • Degenerative Disease of Joints & Spine
  • Inflammation of Tendons, Bursa, Joint Capsules

Who should not use Localized or Whole Body Cryotherapy?

The following conditions are contraindications for whole body cryotherapy: pregnancy, severe hypertension (BP > 180/100), hypothyroidism, acute or recent myocardial infarction (heart attack: need to be cleared for exercise), narrowing of valves, crescent-shaped aorta and mitral valve, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis... acute or recent cerbrovascular accident (stroke: must be clear for exercise), uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud's syndrome, fever, tumomr or disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, incontinence, age less than 18-years (parental consent required).

What are the risks of Localized or Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks. Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10-points  systolically  (reverse after the procedure as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores, etc.) due to stimulation of the immune system. Protective clothing (socks, gloves, undergarments) must be dry in order to avoid frostbite.

Is exercise recommended after the cryotherapy session?

Yes, an advantage of cryotherapy over ice therapy is that tissues and muscle are not frozen. Ten minutes of light exercise post cryotherapy will induce more rapid vasodilation of the vessels and capillaries, and extend the period of analgesia.
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