Cryotherapy Frequently Asked Questions

July 3, 2018

What is cryotherapy?

Using cold temperatures to promote natural healing and wellness, cryotherapy is a fast and effective alternative to traditional ice baths. The cryotherapy chamber fills with nitrogen vapor and a dry chill that drops the ambient temperature to a range of -90 Celsius (-130ºF) to -120 Celsius (-184ºF). The cold stimulus activates physiological processes in the body. Viruses are combated, blood circulation is stimulated and both your immune system and metabolism get a boost.

 

What are the benefits of cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy has been used to treat a variety of issues such as tissue damage (it's excellent for athletes), decrease inflammation, increase cell rejuvenation, improve skin tone and reduce signs of aging. Preliminary studies suggest that cryotherapy may offer the following benefits:

  • Pain relief and muscle healing

  • Weight Loss

  • Reduced inflammation

  • Preventing dementia

  • Preventing and treating cancer

  • Reducing anxiety and depression

  • Improving symptoms of eczema

  • Treating Migraine Headaches

Is cryotherapy safe?

Cryotherapy has been safely used for over 30 years. Always follow instructions when undergoing the therapy: make sure you are completely dry when you step into the chamber (no wet socks or clothing), and cover sensitive body parts (gloves, and socks and slippers).
Ensure no metallic clothing parts touch your skin. Do not wear any jewelry or piercings during the treatment (rings, necklaces, bracelets or anklets). Also, pay close attention to contraindications (see below).

 

What do you wear during cryotherapy?

We provide dry socks, slippers, gloves and robes. Men must wear dry work-out shorts or underwear and women, dry sports bra and shorts, or a bathing suit.

 

How often can I do cryotherapy?

Just like exercise, regular cryotherapy sessions are important to keep inflammation reduced. Without consistency, inflammation will continue to grow and increase in the body.

It can also be a good idea to “jump-start” your cryotherapy recovery program with an initial two weeks of treatments 5-7 times a week. This can help to immediately cleanse the body of inflammation before keeping up with the recommended amount of maintenance each week.

 

How does cryotherapy help with weight loss?

Cryotherapy can speed up weight loss. During a cryotherapy session your body goes into survival mode when exposed to the brutal cold; this supercharges your metabolic rate and torches about 800 calories in the process.

 

Is there anyone who should avoid using cryotherapy?

There are situations where you one should not use cryotherapy. Contraindications include:

  • Pregnancy

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

  • An acute heart attack, or a heart attack 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

  • A 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

  • Epileptic seizures

  • Raynaud’s phenomenon

  • Fever

  • Cancer

  • Lung conditions in which symptoms are present

  • Bleeding disorders

  • Severe anaemia

  • Claustrophobia (fear of small or confined spaces)

  • Cold allergy

  • Persons younger than 18 years old (parental consent is required for treatment)

  • Acute kidney diseases and acute disorders of the urinary tract

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