Cryotherapy enables physical therapists, sports chiropractors and other health professionals to treat patients with an innovative, yet established technology to effect better outcomes.
Whole body Cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time.
Before entering the cryo sauna, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks and gloves. Men are required to wear underwear while in the cryo sauna. You will also be provided with a robe, which you will remove once you are inside the cryo sauna and the door is closed. Only your hands and face are visible to the operator during the procedure, so modesty is preserved at all times.
Additionally, it is a dry, gaseous cold. Which means the treatment is tolerable even to those who may consider themselves cold-intolerant.
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. Additionally, you can see our provider at all times and we try to keep you distracted for your two minute treatment.
Cryotherapy uses the gaseous form of nitrogen to lower the client’s skin surface temperature from normal body temperature to 30 degrees Fahrenheit in 30 seconds or less and keeps it that way for 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.
Everything. You cannot achieve the same results with an ice bath that you can with Cryo. During an ice bath, the body works to re-warm the area exposed to the ice water. It does this by sending blood to the cold area. This is why the skin gets red. An ice bath is generally an extremely uncomfortable process that lasts 12-15 minutes or longer. The tissue becomes cold and stiff during the process.
Cryotherapy is only a 2½ to 3 minute treatment with a much greater recovery and performance enhancing effect. Cryo creates an illusion in the body that you are in extreme conditions and this triggers a healing response. During Cryotherapy, the body sends blood (along with toxins and lactic acid) away from extremities and to the core. The heart cleans the blood and enriches it with healing nutrients. After the quick 2-3 minute treatment, you step out of the cryo unit and your extremities immediately re-warm. From decreased inflammation and soreness, to chronic pain relief and a metabolic boost, the potential of what Cryotherapy can do for you is huge!
Yes! Nitrogen is a non-toxic natural gas. The nitrogen we use to cool the cryosauna is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (78%). In the cryosauna the client breathes room-air. Problems only arise if a client steps into the cryosauna with wet skin or clothing.
During each session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel revitalized and energetic. The buoyant effects from each session last at least six – eight hours and increases with the number of treatment sessions. Many clients have expressed that they have the best night of sleep after a cryo session.
Depending on the condition of treatment, you should initially receive 10 sessions in close succession (2 to 3 per week) to maximize your results.
Yes! It is safe either way. If you exercise before whole body cryotherapy, you will experience increased energy and greater recovery due to the reduction in inflammation. If you exercise after the cryosauna, you will experience a higher pain tolerance and more energy.