FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

+ Is Cryotherapy an effective treatment for recovery and health?

Numerous studies have shown that Cryotherapy is a beneficial treatment for arthritic pain, musculoskeletal pain, inflammation, skin ailments, depression, stress, and much more. Whole Body Cryotherapy in particular stimulates the body’s release of endorphins which are hormones that reduce our perception of pain, trigger a positive euphoric feeling in the body, and enhance immune response. Originally developed in Asia to treat pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, Cryotherapy has been extensively researched in Europe over the past few decades. In fact, Cryotherapy is an accepted medical treatment in many European countries and continues to grow. In the United States, Cryotherapy has become a popular treatment protocol in sports and health industries and is used by professional athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and UFC.

+ What is the Cryosauna?

The Cryosauna is a specialized cryogenic machine that uses nitrogen gas to produce extreme cold temperatures for Whole Body Cryotherapy. Temperatures inside the Cryosauna can reach -250°F but treatment temperatures will depend on client and circumstance. During a WBC treatment, you will stand on a platform within the Cryosauna so that your head is above the nitrogen vapors allowing you to breath normal room air. The JUKA Cryosauna used by Chillfit Cryo has an oxygen monitor at head level for increased safety. The entire process is overseen by a certified Cryotherapy specialist.

+ What do I wear in the Cryosauna?

Maximum results come from maximum skin exposure to the cold vapor. All jewelry is to be removed and you must be completely dry before entering the Cryosauna. Your extremities need to be protected from the cold so you will be provided with socks, slippers, and cotton gloves. Undergarments are optional (brief/boxer required for men). A robe will be provided for you to remove once inside the Cryosauna.

+ What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Whole Body Cryotherapy is a treatment in which your body is exposed to extreme cold to rapidly lower the surface temperature of the skin. The sudden drop in temperature triggers the body’s survival mechanism resulting in blood vessel constriction. This process is called vasoconstriction and occurs so that your body can retain heat at its core. The treatment lasts no longer than three minutes and when you step out of the extreme cold, vasodilation occurs which is the widening of blood vessels. In response to this treatment protocol, oxygen-rich blood circulates rapidly throughout the body releasing endorphins while reducing inflammation.

+ How does Whole Body Cryotherapy feel?

The nitrogen gas vapor surrounds your body and supercools the skin without damaging or freezing tissue and muscle. You will feel very cold but the process is dry and painless. A Cryotherapy specialist will administer the treatment and talk to you throughout the 2-3 minute experience. The more treatments you do, the better your body will tolerate the cold. Upon completing the treatment, several minutes of light exercise will speed up the vasodilation of the blood vessels and extend the period of analgesia. As a result, the release of endorphins will enhance your mood leaving you energized and refreshed!

+ How does Local Cryotherapy work?

Local Cryotherapy is a treatment that targets specific areas for healing using liquid nitrogen vapor. This focused treatment has been shown to decrease inflammation in the treated area. As with WBC, the vasoconstriction/vasodilation process occurs here too as oxygen rich blood is forced to the area flushing toxins while alleviating pain. For ages, localized cold therapy has been used in different cultures in the form of cold water, ice packs and ice itself. Local Cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen vapor is a more effective, higher-tech delivery method for cold therapy.

+ Who should use Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy can be used by virtually anyone regardless of lifestyle or age. It helps athletes recover faster and perform better by reducing recovery time and promoting energy. Cryotherapy is also beneficial for chronic pain, inflammatory conditions, skin conditions, stress, mood disorders, and weight loss. Cryotherapy can be a great alternative to traditional pain medications when recovering from injury or surgery.

+ Who should not use Whole Body Cryotherapy?

The following conditions are contraindications to Whole Body Cryotherapy: pregnancy, severe hypertension (BP> 160/100), acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute cerebrovascular accident, 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. If you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian.