How does whole body Cyrotherapy work? The Whole-body cryotherapy uses cold air to chill the body during a two-four minute session. The exposed skin reacts to the extreme temperatures by vasoconstriction. This pushes some of the blood from the surface areas and skeletal muscles towards the body’s warm core. Once the cryotherapy session is over the skin returns to normal temperature as the warmer blood circulates throughout the entire body.
What are the restrictions of Cryotherapy? We do not allow those under the age of 13 or persons that are 100lbs or under use the chamber. Additionally restricted are those with conditions such as hypothyroidism, tuberculosis, respiratory diseases, heart conditions, nervous system diseases and blood diseases, those who are pregnant, and other limiting or inhibiting factors, into the chamber as there is a great risk of adverse cryotherapy side effects. Additionally, Anyone who is pregnant, has severe unmanaged hypertension (BP> 180/100), has a cardiac pacemaker, is being treated for cancer, has deep vein thrombosis, acute or recent myocardial infarction, uncontrolled seizures, fever, unstable angina pectoris, Raynaud’s syndrome, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, open wounds or ulcers, or is under influence of drugs or alcohol is advised not to use Cryotherapy. A full disclosure and consent form will be sent at time of booking.
What are the benefits of Cryotherapy? It can help to decrease overall inflammation, circulate blood flow, and speed the healing process by distributing oxygenated blood and nutrients throughout the body. Each person experiences cyrotherapy a little different- and as long as you don't have restrictions, we welcome you to try it at least once!
How often should I have Cryotherapy? Everyone is different with their time and the way the body handles cold sessions. Cryotherapy sessions can be implemented safely as often as once-twice daily, as long as the body temperature reaches 98.7 degrees or your specific resting temperature prior to going in again. For general use, 2-3 sessions per week is the norm to see good effects. High level athletes have cryotherapy sessions up to 5 times a week.
Is one session of Cryotherapy enough? While every therapy session is beneficial and you’ll feel immediate results, research has shown that you will experience improved and cumulative benefits after a minimum of 10 sessions, within a two or three week period. (To achieve peak performance, high level athletes may benefit from having one to up to two sessions a day). After that you can take fewer treatments spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results.
What should I wear during my Cryotherapy appointment? It is recommended that you wear only your undergarments during your session (sports bra and shorts for women, shorts for men). We will provide thick gloves, headbands/hats, and slippers, as well as robes if wanted. All jewelry should be removed, and any piercings must be removed or kept covered with a thick cloth (such as a gloved hand). The most important safety precaution is that the client and any clothing they are wearing is completely dry upon entering the chamber. No wet hair after practice! We do not have a hair dryer. :-)
Can I bring a friend during my Cryotherapy appointment? Absolutely! In fact, have your friend fill out the forms and join in on the fun! You may go into the chamber one at a time. Tag us @crossfunctionrecovery