Q: Who developed Whole Body Cryotherapy technology?
A: WBC was originally developed in Japan in the late 1970s by Dr. Yamaguchi for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. It has since been researched and refined in Europe and is gaining a lot of attention in the sports, spa, and health & wellness industries. Initially explored for the ability to significantly reduce the soreness and pain his patients usually felt during manipulation of their joints, because the rapid decrease of temperature of the outer layer of skin led to the immediate release of endorphins and therefore less sensitivity to pain.
Q: How does Whole Body Cryotherapy work?
A: The cryosauna uses cryogenic nitrogen vapor to lower the skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees in under 3 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. The skin exposure to the extreme temperatures also triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules, endorphins, increased oxygen in the blood and the release of toxins.
Q: How does Cryotherapy compare to an ice bath?
A: It doesn’t compare due to its inability to achieve the same results. After 12-15 minutes of a shockingly cold ice bath, the skin temperature only arrives at 41 degrees. With 2-3 minutes of whole body cryotherapy the skin temperature gets as low as 30 degrees, allowing a different physiological response from the body, increasing your speed of recovery and overall healing. During an ice bath, the cold actually penetrates into deeper skin tissue and can be damaging to the skin and painful to the person. In the cryosauna, the skin is never penetrated, yet the body responds on a deeper level, even improving the skin’s overall condition.
Q: How many treatments are needed to achieve optimal results?
A: Depending on the condition being treated, clients should initially take seven to ten treatments in close succession (every other day). After this initial loading period, maintenance treatments should be once per week.
Q: Is the Whole Body Cryotherapy Safe?
A: Yes! Nitrogen is a non-toxic natural gas. The nitrogen used to cool the cryosauna is the same nitrogen that makes up 78% of the air we breathe. While in the cryosauna, the client’s head will not be submerged in the nitrogen, so they will breathe room-air Problems only arise if a client steps into the cryosauna with wet skin or clothing.
At Frozen In Time CryoSpa, we provide dry socks, slippers, gloves and robes. Hair dryers and towels are also available. Men must wear dry work-out shorts or underwear and women, dry sports bra and shorts/underwear or bathing suit.
Q: What are the risks of whole body cryotherapy?
A: WBC is very well tolerated and has minimal risks. Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (reverses after the procedure as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores, etc.) due to stimulation of the immune system. Protective clothing (socks, gloves, undergarments) must be dry in order to avoid frostbite.
Q: Who should not use whole body cryotherapy?
A: The following conditions are contraindications for WBC: Pregnancy, severe hypertension (BP > 180/100), hypothyroidism, acute or recent myocardial infarction (heart attack: need to be cleared for exercise), narrowing of valves, crescent-shaped aorta and mitral valve, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident (stroke: must be cleared for exercise), uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, incontinence, age less than 18 years (parental consent required).
Q: What can I expect to feel after my cryotherapy session?
A: During the session clients have reported feeling the body release endorphins, which will make you feel good and energetic. Clients have reported that this effect can last 6 – 8 hours, which like any therapy, can get better the more sessions you have over time. Cryotherapy has been reported by some to prompts a number of positive reactions in the body including a boost in blood circulation, an increase in collagen production, improved sleep, overall increased energy, and an increased metabolic boost.
Q: What is the difference between a series and a membership?
A: Our memberships are comprised of many different treatments and offers of which some will renew at the beginning of every month. There is no roll over of unused items in a membership. Series must be used completely in one calendar year or will be set to expire after one year from date of purchase.