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1) When was this technology developed?
Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time. Whole body cryotherapy has been used in Europe and Japan for more than three decades. Multiple research studies have been published in medical journals about the effects of whole body cryotherapy, and in many European countries the treatments are covered by medical insurance policies. In the United States, whole body cryotherapy is considered a non-medical wellness modality, and health insurances do not offer reimbursements for the service.
2) How does it work?
The Cryosauna uses gas form nitrogen to lower the client's skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of two-three minutes. The Cryochamber is cooled using liquid nitrogen but clients are not in direct contact with the gas. 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. The skin exposure to the extreme temperatures also triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins.
3) Is it safe?
Yes. Single person direct injection Cryosaunas have been used for the past 30+ years without any severe adverse reaction ever recorded. Problems have only arisen if a client steps into the machine with wet clothing, especially wet socks, as water will freeze immediately at these temperatures. The nitrogen being used to cool the single-person cryosauna is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). In the chamber, the client breathes room-air. In the single person chamber, the operator ensures the client is high enough that their head is above the heavier nitrogen vapors. Here, the client breathes normal room-air. For added safety, In order to protect the more temperature sensitive tissues such as hands and feet, clients wear dry socks, slippers, and gloves, which we provide.
4) Is it comfortable?
Yes. Before entering the Cryosauna, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks, cotton underwear (for men), and gloves. A session is of short duration (2-3 minutes), and the cold is 'dry', so it is very tolerable. Towards the end of the session, you may get a 'pins and needles' sensation, which disappears immediately after the treatment. Men and women can wear their underwear or we provide disposable ones. Women may also choose to wear a bra or sports bra.
5) How do I feel after the treatment?
Amazing! During each session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The mood-enhancing effects from each session can last for days. The more regular your treatments the more sustainable the effects.
6) I am claustrophobic. Can I use WBC?
Yes, you may. The Cryosauna door is held by a magnet and never locked. You may step out at any time. The Cryosauna is open to the top and your head is raised above the level of the upper rim of the chamber.
7) Do I have to take a shower before or after?
No, you don't. This procedure is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet.
8) Who should not use whole body cryotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy: uncontrolled high blood pressure, prior heart attack, unstable chest pain, disease of blood vessels, history of blood clots, cold allergy, open sores, nerve pain in feet or legs, pregnancy. You may have other conditions that make whole body cryotherapy inappropriate. Consult with your doctor or medical advisor if you have questions as to whether whole body cryotherapy is right for you.
9) What are the risks of whole body cryotherapy?
Whole body Cryothherapy 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), claustrophobia, redness, and skin burns (only if exposed to low temperatures longer than recommended).
10) Does insurance cover cryotherapy?
Most insurances do not cover crytoherapy but some FSA and HSA accounts will reimburse.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.