Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC)
How does Whole Body Cryotherapy compare to an ice bath?
There is no comparison. It is impossible to achieve the same temperatures and effect with an ice bath. Furthermore, an ice bath is generally an excruciating 15 minutes or longer wet process, where cryotherapy is only a 2½ to 3 minute completely dry, pain-free session. Many compare Whole Body Cryotherapy to the sensation to standing in front of an open freezer on a hot day – chilly but tolerable.
Has Whole Body Cryotherapy been tested?
Yes. Researchers and providers (including MDs) in Europe and Asia have been developing and refining Whole Body Cryotherapy for over 30 years. Countless studies have been done on the various benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy.
Is Whole Body Cryotherapy safe?
Yes. Because WBC uses cold air, the cooling agents never actually come into contact with your skin. The air is chilled using liquid nitrogen, and nitrogen makes up 78% of the air we breathe naturally. Because the temperature change to your body is only superficial, your internal body temperature remains constant throughout treatment. Your head is always kept outside of the low temperature area.
The Cryo booth is equipped with a number of safety features. While the door closes, it never locks, so you are in full control of your environment. Our Cryo Specialists are trained in the proper operation of the Cryo booth. A Cryo Specialist is always present to ensure your maximum safety and a comfortable experience. In addition, the room is equipped with oxygen sensors and proper ventilation systems to ensure optimal air quality.
Is there anyone who should not use Whole Body Cryotherapy or Local/Facial Cryotherapy?
Contraindications for using Whole Body Cryotherapy:
Uncontrolled high blood pressure
Prior heart attack
Unstable chest pain Disease of blood vessels History of blood clots
Uncontrolled seizure disorder
Nerve pain in feet or legs
Conditions or disease with increased sensitivity to cold
You may have other conditions that make whole body cryotherapy inappropriate. Consult with your doctor if you have questions as to whether whole body cryotherapy is right for you.
Contraindications for using Local and Facial Cryotherapy: Pregnancy and Open Wounds/Sores.
Can I catch a cold from Whole Body Cryotherapy?
No. Immediate cold impact of the WBC session will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time (around 30-40 sec). This rise has a positive effect on chills and may even help to fight the cold.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
You are always in control. The door to the Cryo booth is never locked and you can step out at any moment. Also, the base inside the Cryobooth is adjusted to your height to insure your head is kept outside of the Cryo booth and is constantly exposed to normal, room temperature air. In addition a trained Cryo Specialist is always present to ensure your maximum safety and comfort.
What are the risks of Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy is tolerable and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, redness and chilblain. If you are unsure of whether WBC is right for you, then please contact one of our Cryo Specialists or your physician.
How do I prepare for a Whole Body Cryotherapy session?
No preparation is needed prior to arriving at CryoSalon. Because dry air is used, there is no need to shower afterwards. It is common for patients to use the Cryo booth during a lunch break from work as the process is quick, clean, and simple. It is recommended that prior to a WBC session you avoid using any lotions or other topical products.
Can I workout before/after a Whole Body Cryotherapy session?
Yes. It’s common for athletes to utilize WBC prior to workout in order to increase flexibility, range of motion, blood flow, and oxygen flow. It is also common for athletes to participate in Whole Body Cryotherapy after a workout in order to expedite soft tissue healing. However, your body needs to be void of moisture prior to entering the Cryo booth, including sweat. It is recommended that prior to a WBC session you avoid using any lotions or other topical products.
Do I have to take a shower before and/or after a Whole Body Cryotherapy session?
Not necessarily. Because air is used instead of water, it is not necessary to shower prior to or following a session. However, safety and best results are achieved when your body is clean and free from moisture, oils, lotions, and other impurities. A clean body is required for use of NormaTec.
What should I wear during a Whole Body Cryotherapy session?
While using the Cryo booth your extremities will be protected by gloves, socks, and slippers. All jewelry/metal on your body must be removed. Your body should be clean and free from moisture, oils, lotions, and other impurities. Women can choose whether to remove or wear undergarments (no wire bras); men are required to wear cotton underwear for protection. We wash the gloves and socks daily. For clients who prefer to have their own gloves, socks and slippers ask a Cryo Specialist about options.
Will I have to redo my hair/makeup after a Whole Body Cryotherapy session?
No. Your head and face are never submerged or inside of the Cryo booth. It’s possible to have a full session and return to work right afterwards. From the time you walk through the CryoSalon doors until the time you leave, it will generally take no longer than 10-15 minutes.
How long does a Whole Body Cryotherapy session take?
Depending on the condition for which you are using Whole Body Cryotherapy, our Cryo Specialist will recommend a session that last between 1.5 and 3 minutes. No session is longer than 3 minutes. From the time you walk through the CryoSalon doors until the time you leave, it will generally take no longer than 10-15 minutes. We welcome walk-ins. For those who have a busy life, we recommend you book an appointment to ensure a fast session in and out of CryoSalon. Your initial session may take about 20 minutes for the tour and health assessment.
What can I expect to happen during a Whole Body Cryotherapy session?
Before entering the Cryo booth for the first time, a Cryo Specialist will walk you through the process step by step so you know exactly what to expect. While using the Cryo booth your extremities will be protected by gloves, socks, and slippers. Women can choose whether to remove or wear undergarments (no wire bra); men are required to wear cotton underwear for protection. The session will last between 1.5 and 3 minutes. During this time your core body temperature will not change. Because the air does not contain any moisture, you will feel chilled but not uncomfortably cold. Many compare the sensation to standing in front of an open freezer on a hot day – chilly but tolerable. Your skin temperature will lower to approximately 30° F during the session, but it will increase back to normal within a few minutes of the session’s conclusion.
How will I feel after a Whole Body Cryotherapy session?
When the session is complete, your skin will return to its normal temperature within minutes. Immediately after you may feel a slight tingling sensation, but within minutes you will likely feel relaxed and muscular pain generally begins to subside immediately. Many clients report feeling invigorated with diminished pain symptoms immediately after WBC. Additionally, many experience better sleep after a session, and the invigorating effects of a session are cumulative and long-lasting with additional treatments. Follow-up sessions are recommended for maximum results.
How does Whole Body Cryotherapy Work?
As you enter the Cryo booth, the sudden drop in heat stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, prompting your body to constrict peripheral tissues sending blood from the skin surface, muscle tissue, and surrounding joint space to the core to protect core temperature (vasoconstriction). As the blood travels to the core, it passes through the cardiovascular system where it is cleansed of toxins and supplied with oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes. As long as the exposure to the extremely cold temperature continues, the body continues to flush the tissue of toxins and circulate blood between the cardiovascular system and the vital organs on a continuous loop. This continues to cleanse the blood over and over while continuing to add oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes. Upon exit of the Cryo booth, the body immediately begins vasodilation, returning the enriched blood to peripheral tissues that have been cleansed of toxins.
How does Whole Body Cryotherapy help improve my metabolism?
During the session, the outer layer of skin’s temperature is reduced to approximately 30° F. Your body responds by a boost in your metabolism and literally “burns” up calories by speeding up to literally “warm you up.” Repeated exposure with our Whole Body Cryotherapy results in an elevated metabolism 24/7.
How does Whole Body Cryotherapy help the recovery of my muscles and soft tissue?
Your body’s natural healing mechanisms are transported via your blood. WBC “tricks” your body into implementing the same responses it would if you were freezing, which means blood moves more quickly than normal in order to warm your extremities. Increased blood flow enriched with hormones, enzymes and oxygen, as well as, flushing out toxins, will enhance muscle recovery.
How often should I use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
The Cryo booth can be used up to twice a day, but this is typically only recommended for professional athletes on a very vigorous training schedule. You should initially take 5 to 10 sessions in close succession to maximize your results, and then maintenance as needed. A consistent regiment of two or three times a week for most people is adequate. Therapy schedules vary depending on your level of athletic activity, severity of soft tissue ailments, and other factors. A Cryo Specialist will recommend a therapy schedule based on the condition with which you seek help.
How many times can I do Whole Body Cryotherapy in a day?
We recommend no more than 2 times a day and only then if you are in heavy training. Otherwise, a consistent regiment of two or three times a week for most people is adequate.
When was NormaTec first introduced?
NormaTec was founded in 1998 by Laura F. Jacobs, MD, PhD, a physician bioengineer, in response to a desperate need for new technology to rapidly and non-invasively treat circulation-related disorders. In 2002, the company introduced the NormaTec PCD (Pneumatic Compression Device), an FDA-cleared medical device that yields highly effective clinical results for patients with peripheral vascular diseases. After hearing reports from athletes that they were using their NormaTec Systems for workout and performance recovery (not just acute injuries), NormaTec started its Athlete Technologies division in 2007. Today, many of the world's best athletes regularly use their NormaTec Recovery Systems for maximum performance recovery.
How does the NormaTec Recovery System work?
The most important element for effective compression is the massage pattern. NormaTec's founder, Laura F. Jacobs, MD, PhD, realized this fundamental principle when she developed and patented the Sequential Pulse pneumatic waveform. Unlike more simplistic compression patterns, Sequential Pulse Technology is based on normal physiology, and it synergistically combines three distinctive massage techniques to speed the body’s normal recovery process: pulsing compression, gradients, and distal release. Through these mechanisms, the NormaTec Recovery System maximizes circulation throughout the body to help you train harder, recover faster, and perform better.
Why isn't there ice in the NormaTec Recovery System?
Ice is a vasoconstrictor; it constricts your vessels and decreases blood flow. While this is beneficial in the acute phase of an injury to reduce immediate inflammation, in the long run it actually impairs healing and recovery. On the other hand, the NormaTec Recovery System uses Sequential Pulse Technology to increase circulation and blood flow.
What makes NormaTec Recovery Systems better than other compression pumps on the market?
Compression technology has been around for decades in both static and simple dynamic forms. But the Sequential Pulse Technology found in NormaTec Recovery Systems takes dynamic compression to a new level. This unique pneumatic waveform, which is exclusive to NormaTec products, is designed to externally compress the limbs in a way that mimics normal physiology, featuring a sophisticated pulsing, gradient, and distal release compression pattern. Initially developed for medical patients with severe circulatory and peripheral vascular disorders, the NormaTec Recovery System is now the most effective recovery tool for athletes who want maximum performance recovery.
When and for how long should I use my NormaTec system?
The NormaTec Recovery System can be used both before and after exercise, whether it is routine training or high-level competition.
Before exercise, the NormaTec acts as a high-tech massage to warm up your muscles. Pre-workout sessions are generally 10 to 20 minutes long with a moderate intensity level.
Using the NormaTec Recovery System after intense exercise will significantly speed up your recovery process, allowing you to train harder and perform better. We recommend jumping in your NormaTec boots within a few hours after exercise to expedite your recovery process. Post-workout recovery sessions are generally 20 to 60 minutes long with a moderate to high intensity level (it is safe to pump as long as you want). Sit back, relax, and enjoy the high-tech massage found only in a NormaTec Recovery System.
Is there anyone who should not use the NormaTec system?
Contraindications for using NormaTec Recovery System
acute pulmonary edema; acute thrombophlebitis; acute congestive cardiac failure; acute infections; deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots; episodes of pulmonary embolism; wounds, lesions or tumors at, or in the vicinity of, application; where increased venous and lymphatic return is undesirable; bone fractures or dislocations at, or in the vicinity of, application.