What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy is a treatment exposing the body to a short duration of sub-zero temperatures (typically 2-3 minutes) to reduce pain caused by inflammation and enhance athletic performance and recovery.
How is your Cold Air Cryo Chamber different from a traditional cryosauna?
Traditional cryo saunas are chilled by connecting a tank full of liquid nitrogen to the cryosauna. The liquid nitrogen is warmed from a liquid state to a gaseous state in order to cool the inside of the sauna. Due to the risk of asphyxiation, traditional cryo saunas do not expose the customer’s head to the nitrogen fueled cold air. The Cryo 850 Cold Air Cryo Chamber by °CryoBuilt is chilled using only advanced refrigerated cold air technology to provide a safe and nitrogen-free cold exposure treatment to the entire body offering both physical and mental benefits.
What is the history of whole-body cryotherapy?
Environmental exposure has been around for centuries. Ice baths have long been known to help manage pain and relax overworked muscles. Cryotherapy as a specialized environmental modality for cold exposure was originally invented in 1978 as a treatment to manage Rheumatoid Arthritis. Used widely throughout Europe, claims began surfacing regarding the benefits in managing other autoimmune diseases and reductions of inflammation to relieve pain. Athletes later found cryotherapy aids in expediting the recovery process and enhances overall performance. Over the past decade, cryotherapy has been used by the general population and professional, collegiate and even high school athletic facilities have come to rely on whole body cryotherapy for their athletes.
How does the cold temperature trigger health benefits?
Cold exposure stimulates temperature receptors in the brain sending messages throughout the body to pump blood to the core where it becomes oxygenated and nutrient-rich. Upon completion of a short exposure to cold, the body warms to a natural state. Fresh oxygenated blood returns to the muscles and extremities carrying with its high-quality oxygen and nutrients. This process reduces inflammation and increases muscular recovery and ability. Our Cold Air Cryo Chamber also exposes the head to the cold exposure experience. The release of endorphins allows for a number of benefits to mental health including better mental clarity and focus and management of sleep deprivation, depression, and PTSD symptoms.
How often should I use whole body cryotherapy?
For Performance and Recovery optimal results, we recommend 2 to 3 times per week.
For Health and Maintenance, endorphin boosts and mental reset, we suggest a weekly visit.
Daily visits are often required or desired by competitive athletes, rehabilitative situations and chronic severe management.
Is there recovery or down-time after treatment?
No. You may return to your normal schedule immediately after treatment.
Is a whole-body cryotherapy treatment uncomfortable?
Your time in the nitrogen-free Cold Air Cryo Chamber is a short duration of three minutes or under. Typically, first time users will cut their treatment short as their body adjusts to the cold. There is no moisture, so the cold temperature is very tolerable. After one or two treatments, the body adjusts to the colder temperatures and full three-minute sessions are resumed.
What should I wear to my whole-body cryotherapy session?
We recommend you wear tight fitting clothing with minimal coverage to ensure maximum environmental exposure. All jewelry must be removed before entering the chamber. As a precaution, we will provide protective cover for your hands, feet and head before you enter the Cold Air Cryo Chamber.
Is whole body cryotherapy dangerous?
No. Nitrogen Free cryotherapy is not dangerous. We offer one of the world’s most sophisticated refrigerated Cold Air Cryo Chambers providing all the benefits of cryotherapy without any of the risks associated with nitrogen. You will be breathing clean oxygenated air with a trained Cryo Technician present to monitor your temperature and comfort. While a recommended session is three minutes, you can open the door and exit the Cold Air Cryo Chamber at any time during the session.
Will there be a problem if I get nervous in small spaces?
No. Our Cold Air Cryo Chamber has a glass door and is large enough for two people; therefore, there is more than enough room for the comfort of one person. You are not confined and can move around as you like and can stop the treatment at any time.
Should I shower before or after a whole-body cryotherapy session?
Our treatment is completely dry. A shower is not required before or after treatment. It is important to ensure you do not have moisture on your skin to enter the Cold Air Cryo Chamber.
Is there anyone who should NOT use whole body cryotherapy?
As with all types of treatments there are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy. Pregnant women, people who suffer from severe hypertension with BP greater than 180/100, recent myocardial infarction, arrhythmia, angina pectoris, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, venous thrombosis, recent cerebrovascular incidence, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung tract disease are not recommended to use cryotherapy. We ask our clients who have recent (6 months or less) history of episodes regarding cardiac disease to bring in a statement from his/her physician clearing them to try whole body cryotherapy.
Are there age restrictions?
There are no weight limit restrictions at our facility. Our goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle. We offer both services and coaching instruction to anyone pursuing health and recovery benefits.
Our Cold Air Cryo Chamber is nitrogen-free eliminating the typical risks of a traditional cryosauna. The cold exposure treatment triggers normal body responses to cold and cannot harm children. It is well tolerated and has minimal risks. We do, however, require parental consent be given for children under 18 who wish to try the treatment.