Whole Body Cryotherapy

What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a cold therapy treatment method where the skin in exposed to temperatures between -200° F to -250° F for up to three minutes. The method was first used in Japan back in1978 for treating rheumatic disease. Since then, numerous studies have been conducted and have all proven that cryotherapy is a powerful treatment for reducing inflammation and pain symptoms associated with a wide range of chronic conditions.

How Does It Work?

The body’s sympathetic nervous system is intensely stimulated by cold receptors in the skin. As a result, blood flows to the extremities and skin’s surface is redirected to insulate the body’s vital organs and maintain core temperature. The response is a body’s survival mechanism where attention is directed towards maintaining the most crucial systems.

The end result of Cryotherapy is an immediate improvement in blood circulation which ensures adequate delivery of nutrients and oxygen to body tissues. The therapy also improves your body’s ability to eliminate toxins. The WBC process delivers dry cold, unlike what you would experience on a normal cold winter day.

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What are the Benefits?

Whole Body Cryotherapy triggers your body’s natural healing abilities. The therapy uses cold to induce a response in the nervous system, circulation system, and Energy Meridians. This is the only powerful therapy known to induce such powerful, holistic and positive response. Here are some of the specific benefits you can get from Whole Body Cryotherapy:

  • Decreases Inflammation

    When ice is applied to the body, it reduces inflammation in specific areas. Whole Body Cryotherapy, on the other hand, reduces inflammation throughout your body ensuring that healing occurs in more than one area. Cryotherapy reduces fatigue and anxiety by stimulating the vagus nerve.

  • Increased Metabolism

    At the end of a cryotherapy session, it requires a lot of energy to revert the body back to its normal state. During the 3-minute treatment session, your body burns about 500 to 800 calories. Reheating the skin back to its normal temperature needs a lot of energy which triggers the body to increase metabolism.

  • Reduced Chronic Pain and Fatigue

    If you suffer from chronic fatigue, general body pain or fibromyalgia, you will be pleased to realize that cryotherapy reduces both. The feeling of relief may last for a few hours to several days depending on the individual. There are studies indicating that fibromyalgia patients can experience significant improvement after 10 to fewer sessions. 4. Increases Performance Levels Many bodybuilders and athletes use Whole Body Cryotherapy to recover from strenuous training and sporting sessions. Athletes are able to increase muscle and joint strength sooner and resume their sessions within a shorter period. The therapy increases blood flow to the body through vasodilation, and you don’t need recovery time after Whole Body Cryotherapy session.


What should you expect during a Cryotherapy session?

Prior to a Cryotherapy session, you will be required to fill some form for assessment of contraindications. Your blood pressure will also be taken. You will then get undressed to the level of your comfort in the changing room. Next, you will be required to put on the slippers, socks gloves, and a robe and then step into the cryotherapy chamber. Once in the chamber, you will hand the robe to a technician and begin your session. If you’re a first timer, you will be limited to two minutes during your initial session. After that, the subsequent sessions will last not more than 3 minutes. During the session, the temperature will drop significantly. But don’t worry, it’s nothing you can’t handle, neither is it painful. Once the three minutes are over, the technician will hand back the robe to you and you can call it a day. After the session, it’s normal to feel a little cold to the touch, but since the cooling system is dry, you will warm up almost immediately. You will then feel energized and any inflammation, pain and fatigue should be relieved.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cryotherapy

Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time.
Whole body cryotherapy has been used in Europe and Japan for more than three decades. Multiple research studies have been published in medical journals about the effects of whole body cryotherapy, and in many European countries the treatments are covered by medical insurance policies.
The Cryosauna uses nitrogen mist to lower the client’s skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of two-three minutes. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that acts as a stimulant to the regulatory functions of the body. It produces the scanning of all areas that may not be working to their fullest potential. The skin exposure to the extreme temperatures also triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins.
Yes. Single person direct injection and multi-person walk-in cryochambers have been used for the past 30+ years without any severe adverse reaction ever recorded. Problems have only arisen if a client steps into the machine with wet clothing, especially wet socks, as water will freeze immediately at these temperatures. The advantage of the single person chambers is that lower temperatures can be achieved. Most studies and publications have been done with this type of chamber. The nitrogen being used to cool these chambers is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). In either type of chamber, the client breathes room-air. In the single person chamber, the operator raises the platform the client stands on up so that the head is above the heavier nitrogen vapors. Here, the client breathes normal room-air. In a recent safety evaluation, we have used a pulse oximeter to record blood oxygen saturation in more than 30 clients using the single person chamber and found no drop in blood oxygen saturation throughout the treatment. For added safety, chambers are also equipped with an oxygen monitor. In order to protect the more temperature sensitive tissues such as hands and feet, clients wear dry socks, slippers, and gloves, which we provide. In the walk-in chambers, clients also have to wear a face-mask (to protect the nose and prevent the inhalation of cold air), as well as earmuffs or a hat covering the ears.
Before entering the Cryosauna, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks, cotton underwear (for men), and gloves. If you are using the walk-in chamber, you will also be provided with a cotton band to cover your ears and a disposable mask to cover your mouth. The treatment is of short duration (2-3 minutes), and the cold is ‘dry’, so it is very tolerable. Towards the end of the treatment, you may get a ‘pins and needles’ sensation, which disappears immediately after the treatment.
During each session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The mood-enhancing effects from each session can last for days.
Depending on the condition of treatment, you should initially take 5-10 treatments in close succession (separated by 1-2 days — e.g. 3x/week) to maximize your results. After that you can take fewer treatment spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results (e.g. once every week or two weeks)
No. The immediate cold impact of the cryosession will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time. The stimulation of the immune system can help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.
Yes, you may. The door is never locked and you may step out at any moment. The chamber is open to the top and your head is raised above the level of the upper rim of the chamber.
No, you don’t. This procedure is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet.
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.
Whole body cryohtherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, redness, and skin burns (only if exposed to low temperatures longer than recommended).