Whole-Body Cryotherapy FAQs

What is whole-body cryotherapy (WBC)?

WBC is the exposure of the entire body to nitrogen vapors that reach ultra-low temperatures ranging from -184°F to -290°F. (It’s more comfortable than you think!) These cold temperatures fueled by nitrogen spur on a multitude of benefits!

How does it work?

The client steps into the cryo-machine which uses gasiform nitrogen to rapidly lower the skin surface temperature to 30°F to 32°F.  The cryo-machine temperature ranges between -184°F to -290°F for the one to three minutes of treatment.  The brain reacts to the skin sensors by stimulating the regulatory functions of the body.

Is WBC a proven treatment for recovery and health?

Yes, cryotherapy has been used in Europe and Asia for approximately thirty years. There are NUMEROUS clinical studies and many are listed on our website! (Medical journal publications, etc.)

How many treatments are needed to achieve optimal results?

Depending upon the condition(s) being treated, it should initially take 5 to 10 treatments in close succession (every day to every other day). After this initial “loading” period, maintenance treatment plans should be discussed with one of our professional cryotherapy techs. Again depending on the conditions, this could be once a week or more.

Is exercise recommended after the WBC session?

YES! A huge advantage of WBC over ice therapy is that tissues and muscle are not frozen.  Ten minutes of exercise post cryotherapy will induce more rapid vasodilation of the vessels and capillaries, and extend the period of analgesia.

What about after a workout?

MOST DEFINITELY! It helps aid in recovery speed, immediately helps tone down aches/pains/soreness from your workout, and gives you some energy to carry on!

Who developed WBC technology?

WBC was originally developed in Japan for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It has been researched and refined in Europe over the past two decades. Sports, health and spa professionals in the U.S. have further discovered the many benefits of whole body cryotherapy.

Is Nitrogen gas dangerous to human beings?

No, nitrogen is a friendly, non-toxic gas. Nitrogen composes 78% of the air that we breathe.  The other components are 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen and 5% other gases.  Nitrogen is as common and safe as Oxygen. However, as included in our liability waiver that must be signed before using the cryotherapy machine, Nitrogen is not to be inhaled, as it contains no oxygen and could lead to fainting.

What do you wear in the cryo-machine?

Dry socks with slippers, light cotton gloves and underwear if you’re male. (We provide a wrap or robe for you to change into, socks, slippers and gloves.) All jewelry, watches, chains, bracelets, earrings are to be removed. Cryotherapy is a dry cold treatment with no moisture and tolerable even to those who consider themselves cold-intolerant. We hear, “I don’t like the cold” quite often (I mean it does get to over 100 here doesn’t it?), well the reality is, it’s not the same kind of cold, by any means. This is just nitrogen, no moisture, no wind, just vapors in a chamber.

How do you feel after a cryotherapy session?

Cryotherapy stimulates the body to release endorphins, the hormones that make us feel both good and energetic. The buoyant effects from each session typically last for six to eight hours. Many clients report improvements in their sleep quality after cryotherapy.

Can you catch a cold from cryotherapy?

NO.  The immediate cold impact of the cryotherapy will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time. The stimulation of the immune system can help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.

Who should not use whole body cryotherapy?

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).

What are the risks of whole body cryotherapy?

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.

How does WBC compare to an ice bath?

WBC treatments result is a very different response from the body. Three minutes of extreme, dry 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.

Do I have to take a shower before or after a session?

Nope! You don’t. The entire procedure is dry and does not make your skin wet. Many clients come by during their lunch break, right after work, before a workout, etc since the treatment is only 3 minutes long. (Time saver!)