Cryotherapy FAQ's

New to the experience? Here are some answers you may find helpful.

what are the Benefits of Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is generally used to help relieve chronic pain, decrease inflammation, speed recovery time, increase athletic performance, reduce delayed onset muscle soreness and improve mood. This cutting edge treatment also assists with clearing of skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne, reduction in the appearance of cellulite, and tighter, more youthful looking skin.

 

HOW DOES CRYOTHERAPY WORK?

The cryochamber uses a gaseous form of nitrogen to lower skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees during a 2-3 minute session. The exposed skin reacts to the extreme cold by sending messages to the brain that stimulate a natural thermoregulatory action in the body, vasoconstriction, shunting blood away from the extremities to the core in an effort to protect vital organs. The skin’s exposure to these subzero temperatures trigger the release of anti-inflammatory endorphins, enzymes and nutrients while increasing oxygen levels. After the session ends and the body warms back up, this nutrient rich blood is pushed back to the extremities, expelling toxins, promoting cell regeneration, increasing your metabolic rate, ultimately serving as a kickstart to rejuvenate the body at the cellular level.

 

HOW COLD DOES IT GET? Will I be able to tolerate the cold?

The cryochamber reaches temperatures as low as -184° F, lowering your skin's surface temperature by 30-50 degrees.

The air is very dry, so it's a bit different than the shock you'd immediately feel from jumping into ice cold water; think of yourself more as a popsicle "freezing" over time, 2-3 minutes to be exact. Many who use our cryochamber are able to tolerate the cold for at least 2 minutes, most go for the full 3. With repeated use your body becomes more adapted and will tolerate the cold more easily.

 

WHAT DO I WEAR?

You'll be stripping down into your undearwear (and bra), and we'll provide you with socks, booties and gloves to keep your extremities warmer during the session. Clients MUST remove all jewelry and exterior metal/body piercings (rings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, etc.). Make sure you are completely dry when you step into the chamber. We recommended that you pat yourself dry with a towel beforehand if needed, and do not apply oils, lotions, or cologne immediately prior to treatment.

 

How long will my first appointment take?

Your first appointment will take anywhere between 15-20 minutes.  After the first appointment, sessions typically take no more than 10 minutes.

 

HOW will I FEEL AFTER A SESSION?

It depends entirely on how your body reacts to the session. Typically, most people feel a reduction in pain and inflammation, and an increase in energy and mobility along with improved mood and cognitive function. These effects are normally experienced within the first few minutes or hours following a session.  Many clients also report deeper sleep and a feeling of reduced pain and inflammation for the following 2-3 days. The more treatments you do in close succession, the the better you'll feel. 

 

I AM CLAUSTROPHOBIC. CAN I still try CRYOTHERAPY?

While we can't say for sure how you'll feel about it, we haven't run into anyone who's claustrophobia kept them from trying cryotherapy; your entire head remains exposed to the room and above the cryochamber so you are never fully enclosed.

Just remember that you're in complete control and a staff member will be there with you through the entire process If you ever feel uncomfortable just let us know and we can end the session immediately.

 

DO I HAVE TO TAKE A SHOWER BEFORE OR AFTER A SESSION?

Showering is not necessary before or after cryotherapy.

 

Should I tryo cryotherapy before or after exercise?

In short, it depends. According to Dr. Rhonda Patrick, one of today’s foremost pundits on hormesis (the body’s adaptation to periodic bouts of stress to produce positive effects), “Depending on the nature of the exercise (endurance vs. resistance) and the time of the cold exposure (pre­-exercise, immediately after exercise, or later) there may be very different and somewhat opposing outcomes.”

If you’re reading this, you no doubt have an interest in how cryotherapy (or cold therapy in general) can affect you, so we highly recommend that you read Dr. Patrick’s comprehensive writings about cold stress HERE. She delves into the multifold benefits of cryotherapy- from strength and endurance gains, reduced inflammation, preventing muscle atrophy, increased immunity and more!

The takeaway: Cryotherapy immediately after strength or endurance training could reduce the effects of the effort you’ve put in at the gym through interrupting the body’s powerful anti-inflammatory response. However, studies seem to show that there are be benefits if cold therapy is done after that hour-long window.


HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED TO ACHIEVE OPTIMAL RESULTS?

This depends on your reasons for trying cryotherapy. Are you an athlete looking to recover from strenuous workouts or preparing for a competitio? Do you have an inflammatory autoimmune condition? Are you looking to increase your immunity in preparation for a whirlwind of work or travel? Are you trying to up-regulate your mood? Do you just want to feel "better"?

No one recommendation is going to be applicable to everyone since ultimately it's based on how your body reacts to the session, the duration you feel the benefits, your actual ability to come in for treatment and your budget, among other things. 

However, if it's a general recommendation you're looking for, here it is:

Front loading the treatment is best, a full on effort to reset and rejuvenate your body: come in as often as you can within a short period of time. That might be anywhere from 2-4 times per week for the first 2 or 3 weeks. Beyond this initial loading period, maintenance sessions should be done 1-4 times per week.

Do remember, this is not a panacea, just one tool in your arsenal toward better health.

 

Who shouldn't try CRYOTHERAPY?

The following conditions are contraindications to Cryotherapy, please consult your physician before booking a session:

  • Pregnancy

  • Moderately or severely elevated blood pressure (blood pressure above 180/95 mmHg)

  • Any acute or severe heart attacks within the past 6 months

  • Unstable angina pectoris: chest pain that occurs without direct cause and will not simply cease by itself (imminent heart attack)

  • Cardiac arrhythmias

  • Cardiovascular diseases in which symptoms are present

  • Use of a cardiac pacemaker

  • Intermittent claudication (also called peripheral arterial disease)

  • Venous thrombosis: a blood clot in the veins

  • Acute cerebral haemorrhage or a stroke in the past

  • Uncontrolled epileptic seizures

  • Severe Raynaud’s Syndrome

  • Fever

  • Cancer

  • Lung conditions in which symptoms are present

  • Bleeding disorders

  • Those with an infection

  • Severe anaemia

  • Cold allergy

  • Acute kidney diseases and acute disorders of the urinary tract

 

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?

Cryotherapy has minimal risks and is very well tolerated. Systolic blood pressure can increase by 10 points during the procedure but will reverse after as circulation returns to normal. Allergic reactions to extreme cold (chilblain), claustrophobia and anxiety are rare. Activation of some viral conditions (cold sores, etc.) due to stimulation of the immune system can occur. 

 

Can I use insurance as a form of payment?

Unfortunately we do not accept insurance policies. You can always ask your insurance provider if they can reimburse you, but we do not accept insurance for payment. Some of our clients use their health savings account cards just like a credit card.

 

STILL CURIOUS?

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