When did WBC begin?
Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) originated in Japan in 1978 for rheumatoid arthritis. This therapy expanded into Poland by scientists who began using it as a physical therapy tool. These scientists realized that not only was WBC an effective method for rheumatoid arthritis, many other areas of the body responded to this therapy with positive results.
What happens during a therapy session?
The patient enters the cryochamber as the nitrogen gas fills and cools the chamber to approximately -220 fahrenheit. Over a period of 3 minutes the patient’s skin surface is lowered approximately 30-40 degrees. This sudden drop in temperature triggers the body’s survival mechanisms. As a result, there is a release of endorphins as well as a rapid circulation of oxygen rich blood throughout the body. Capillaries will expand up to four times their natural diameter, which enables your white blood cells to access and heal your injuries up to five times faster.
Are there any age restrictions?
Yes. No one under the age of 16 will be allowed a session. If your age is 16-18, we require parental consent.
What do I wear?
PLEASE BE SURE NOT TO WEAR ANY LOTIONS, OILS, OR SPRAYS ON YOUR BODY AS THE MOISTURE MAY CAUSE FROSTBITE. Clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of our socks and underwear (men). You will be provided mittens and shoes to protect your extremities. We suggest men wear athletic shorts, women wear non wired sports bra and athletic shorts. Modesty is preserved at all times as only your face and hands are visible to the technician.
Is nitrogen dangerous to humans?
No. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 78% nitrogen.
Can I have multiple sessions in one day?
You need to wait at at least 12 hours between sessions.
Should I work out before or after a session?
Both are completely safe. Receiving therapy before working out will enhance your energy and endurance, promoting muscle recovery and rejuvenation. We recommend light exercise after your cryo sessions but it's not required. This will assist in stabilizing your bodys temperature, promote vasodilation and extend the period of analgesia.
Who should not use cryotherapy?
The following are contraindications for WBC:
- untreated hypertension (BP 180/100)
- heart attack within previous 6 months
- congestive heart failure
- ischemic heart disease
- tumor diseases
- chronic liver disease
- unstable angina pectoris
- deep vein thrombosis or known circulatory dysfunctions
- acute febrile respiratory conditions
- acute kidney and urinary tract infections
- severe anemia
- seizure disorders
- open sores
- Raynaud’s disease
- hyperhidrosis or uncontrolled diabetes.
What are the risks?
Whole body cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has very small risks. A small increase in blood pressure up to 10 points systolically can be expected but does not happen to all clients. The rise in blood pressure quickly returns to normal after the treatment. Allergic reactions to extreme cold are very rare but may happen.
*the Whole body cryotherapy sauna is not considered a regulated medical device by the FDA.
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