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What Is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole body cryotherapy refers to a brief exposure (2-3min) to extremely cold, dry air (-130° to -170°C) in a temperature controlled chamber. The skin surface temperature can reach -1°C/30°‚F while in the chamber. During the exposure, both men and women wear socks, gloves and slippers to prevent frostbite. Men also have to wear boxers during the treatment. Women can be nude, but undergarments with no metal are allowed. The skin must be free of any sweat or moisture before entering the cryochamber. While in the cryochamber movement is required until the goal time has been reached. The chamber is automatically controlled but safety personnel are present in the room at all times.
While in the cryochamber, the body begins vasoconstriction to protect the core temperature. As the blood flows through the cardiovascular system into the core, it is cleansed of toxins, and supplied with oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes. This process of blood circulating between the cardiovascular system and the vital organs becomes a continuous loop of actions. Almost immediately after exiting the cryochamber, the blood flow back to the peripheral tissues warms the muscles almost immediately.
The Benefits Of Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy is a commonly used procedure to relieve pain symptoms, rejuvenate muscles, increase range of motion, and reduce inflammation. However, this type of treatment is also being documented to help with other areas such as sleep, stress, anxiety, and collagen production. Although whole body cryotherapy is a relatively novel modality to the United States, the concept of whole body cryotherapy began around 1978 in Japan for the treatment of rheumatic diseases. Since then cryotherapy has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions as stated above, plus others such as fibromyalgia.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I wear metal or jewelry?
The only jewelry that can be worn are stud earrings. All other objects must be removed. Underwire bras cannot be worn either.
What are the age limitations to Cryotherapy?
The youngest one can be is 14 years of age. There is no top age limit! If you are under the age of 18 years, your parent or guardian must come with you!
Will I feel claustrophobic in the cryochamber?
You shouldn’t. as soon as you step into the chamber, we elevate you to where your head is out and visible. You are also never “locked” in the chamber. The door is magnetic and can be pushed open at any time.
How many times can I do cryotherapy in a day?
No more than 2 times a day. Even with that said, 2 times a day is only needed if in heavy training.
Is Cryotherapy harmful?
Frostbite or freezer burn is possible. However, you wear socks, gloves, slippers, and boxers(men), which helps prevent these issues from happening. You move during the treatment which helps avert complications as well. As long as the device operator is doing their job in telling you what to do, no harm should be done!
There is also always a possibility that the treatment will not work.
Is cryotherapy a proven recovery session?
Yes! Cryotherapy has been around longer than most people realize. The concept of cryotherapy was invented in Japan around 1978 and has since been used in Europe and Asia for the past thirty years. Although it is still fairly new to the United States, studies have been completed, and peer reviewed articles have been published within the country.
Do I have to take a shower and/or after the therapy?
No. Cryotherapy is a dry process and does not make your skin wet. Your skin needs to be completely dry before treatment. Do not expect treatment directly after a sweaty workout without cooling off, or tanning.
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