1. How does cryotherapy work?
Cryotherapy helps reduce inflammation and swelling in the body from a natural response to the cold temperature. Entering the chamber prompts your brain to transmit messages to stimulate the regulatory functions in the body from the reaction that your skin gets from the cold. Being exposed to extreme temperatures triggers the nervous system to release endorphins (making you feel happy), anti-inflammatory molecules (to help reduce pain), and increasing the oxygen in your blood to flush out toxins.
2. Is cryotherapy safe?
Yes! Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas that composes 78% of the air we breathe. The liquid nitrogen used to make the temperature cold does not come into contact with your skin. A trained worker will always be there to monitor your safety and the temperature. It is very important that everything is dry on your body, including garments worn in the chamber.
3. Who should NOT use cryotherapy?
Contraindications to whole body cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, open wounds or ulcers, and anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
4. Does it hurt?
Your skin, muscles, and organs are not actually freezing because the air is completely dry and safe with the gloves and socks we provide. You only get the feeling of being cold from the hyper-cooled air flowing over the skin’s surface. Towards the end it might feel tingly- similar to running your cold hands under hot water.
5. How long does it take?
Treatments usually take between 1.5 and 3 minutes. It is recommended to do a short, light cardiovascular exercise after you exit the chamber to warm up again.
6. What do I wear?
Dry socks and gloves will be provided. VERY important clothing worn into the chamber are dry to prevent frostbite! All jewelry (earrings, bracelets, necklaces, piercings, and watches) must be removed. We recommend wearing spandex shorts, undergarments (sports bra, underwear), or swimsuits (for women). A robe will be provided to help with privacy when entering and exiting the chamber. Polar technicians will not see you without your robe on. Nor will they ever physically touch you without permission.
7. Do I shower before?
No, you don’t. If you are sweaty after a workout make sure you have a change of dry undergarments that can be worn. This procedure is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet. Cryotherapy can be done between events in your day if you are in a rush!
8. How soon are results?
After a session, you will feel great right away from the natural endorphins that your body will release, giving you energy and an uplifting mood for several hours! Effects can last up to 6-8 hours after, and many say help with a great night sleep after a cryo session! You may feel immediate results depending on your condition. Flexibility, energy, joint pain, and soreness should be positively affected the same day a cryo session is done, depending on the physical condition a person is in. Skin and weight loss results may require a series of sessions to see results.
9. What are the risks of cryotherapy?
Whole body cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), redness, and skin burns (only if exposed to low temperatures longer than recommended), claustrophobia, anxiety, and activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) etc. due to stimulation of the immune system.
10. How is it different from an ice bath?
An ice bath takes much longer (around 15 minutes) to achieve results. Cryotherapy is much shorter (2-3 minutes), as well as dry. Cryotherapy also receives a very different response from the body. The 3 minutes of extreme cold reaches only the top skin layers and receptors causing the brain to restrict blood flow to an internal cycle. Fifteen minutes of cold water therapy initially causes the body to move blood to the extremities and results in a chilled lowering of the body's core temperature.
11. Can I work out after a session?
Yes! Your body temperature will drop a couple degrees after exiting the chamber. We recommend around 10 minutes of light exercise after to promote vasodilation (blood vessels to open) so blood can begin flowing normally again.