Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a hypothermic application designed to reduce musculoskeletal pain and inflammation. WBC stimulates the nervous system through skin receptors, causing dramatic peripheral vasoconstriction. .
Whole Body Cryotherapy treatments are administered individually via a CryoSauna. The cryosauna uses Liquid nitrogen to rapidly lower the skin’s top layer to -5 Degrees Celsius, while cabin temperature drops to a range of (minus) -170°Celcius . During the 2-3 minutes of extreme cold, the brain stimulates the body’s organ regulatory functions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The following are the most commonly asked questions regarding Whole Body Cryotherapy.
1. What To Expect with Every Whole Body Cryotherapy Session
Your first whole body cryotherapy appointment can take approximately 15 minutes so that we can fully educate you on the process and answer any questions you may have. After the first appointment, sessions typically take 5-7 minutes.
2. Is it cold? Painful?
Yes, it is cold but not painful. The temperatures reach downward to -170 degrees Celsius.
3. Is there anything dangerous about cryotherapy?
No, unless conducted by an untrained technician or if you have a contraindication. The cooling agent, nitrogen, is in 78% of the air we breathe every day. Technicians running your sessions are fully trained on safety and operational protocols and are capable of stopping the session if you should want to get out before your session is done. Likewise, there is no lock on the door of the cryochamber so you can step out at any time.
4. How often should I do cryotherapy?
This is very dependent on what you are using cryotherapy for. Most clients who are using it for overall health and wellness receive a cryotherapy session 1-2 times a week. Clients who have an injury, inflammation, and aches and pains receive cryotherapy sessions 2-4 times a week.
Whole Body Cryotherapy vs. Ice Bath
Ice baths are wet and can be painful
Cryosauna is dry and only lasts 2-3 minutes as opposed to 20 minutes for an ice bath.
With an ice bath, the water temperature can’t go below approximately -40 degrees and the recovery can be slower for athletes as the muscles are frozen and immobile.
Skin surface temperature in an ice bath can only reach 5°C/41°F after a wet, prolonged, and often painful session while skin surface temperature in the cryosauna reaches -1°C/30°F in just 30-40 seconds
- Strong anti-inflammatory effect
- Each session burns 400-800 calories.
- Improved alertness, mood and learning capacity through the activation of noradrenalin.
- Inhibits collagen breakdown (located in skin and also tendons)