Frequently Asked Questions

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Does whole body Cryotherapy work? 
In Europe and Japan whole body Cryotherapy has been used for more than three decades. Multiple research studies have been published in medical journals about the effects of whole body Cryotherapy, and in many European countries, the treatments are covered by medical insurance policies.

 

What is Your cancellation policy?
Cancellations must be made online or by calling. We require clients to cancel at least two (2) hours prior to your session without penalty.  All late cancels and no-shows will be deducted one (1) session from multiple session packages.

 

Who developed the Cryotherapy technology?
Whole-body Cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Europe has since refined and studied the benefits. 

 

How does it work?
Each individual enters the cryo chamber, the individual stands and slowly turns while nitrogen gas fills the chamber. During the 3-minute treatment, the individual’s skin surface temperature is lowered to approximately 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit.The skin’s cold receptors area activated by the quick drop in temperature activating the body’s most powerful survival mechanisms. This releases endorphins and rapidly circulates oxygen-rich blood through the entire body. 

 

Is it safe?
Yes, whole body cryotherapy is safe. Whole body cryo chambers have been used for more than 30 years without any severe adverse reaction being recorded. The only problems have been caused by individuals wearing wet clothing, particularly socks into the machine as water freezes immediately in the chamber. The nitrogen being used to cool these chambers is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). While in the chamber, the individual breathes room temperature air as the platform the individual stands on is raised to keep their head above the chamber. For added safety, chambers are also equipped with an oxygen monitor. In order to protect the more temperature sensitive tissues such as hands and feet, clients wear dry socks, slippers, and gloves, which are all provided by us

 

Is it comfortable?
Before entering the Cryo chamber, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks, gloves and for men, cotton underwear. While it is very cold, because it is a “dry cold” the 2-3 minute treatment is tolerable. Any “pins and needles” sensations an individual may feel near the end of the treatment disappears immediately after exiting the cryo chamber.

 

How do I feel after the treatment?
The body releases hormones that make you feel energetic and make the body feel good during each treatment. These hormones are called endorphins. They enhance your mood and the effects can last for days following a single session.

 

How soon should I expect results?
The effects of the endorphin release from your first treatment on begins immediately and can last for several hours following a session because the endorphins naturally elevate an individual’s mood. The immediate muscle and joint pain, increased flexibility and improved energy can last for several hours or even for days. It may require multiple sessions to see the results of the cellulite reduction or weight loss. 

 

How many treatments should I do?
We would recommend initially beginning multiple sessions repeated daily for 3 days followed by treatments spread further apart to help improve and maintain the results. 

 

Can I catch a cold because of this procedure?
No, in fact because of the impact of the cold, the internal body temperature rises for a short time stimulating the immune system. This can actually help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.

 

I’m claustrophobic. Can I do whole body Cryotherapy? Yes, because the top of the chamber is always open and your head is raised above the rim. Should you start to feel overwhelmed the door is never locked and you may exit the chamber at any time. 

 

Do I have to take a shower before or after a session?
You may shower after a session if you choose, however as it is a completely dry process it will not make your skin wet. You should not enter the chamber while wet as the water will immediately freeze.

 

Who should not do Cryotherapy?
Any individual with one of the following conditions should not do whole body cryotherapy: Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures,  age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.

 

What are the risks of whole body Cryotherapy? 
There are minimal risks associated with whole body cryotherapy but they include: claustrophobia, redness, allergic reaction to extreme cold, 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), and skin burns (but only if exposed to low temperatures longer than recommended).

What is a hyperbaric chamber?
Hyperbaric chambers are used to administer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). This is a non-invasive procedure in which the patient breathes 100% oxygen. A concentrated delivery of oxygen to the tissue occurs by being enclosed in the transparent chamber with an increase in atmospheric pressure for optimized healing. 

 

What is HBOT? 
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is the delivery of oxygen to tissues, particularly any tissues that are damaged, at greater than atmospheric pressure, which facilitates healing.

 

How does it work?
Healing is prompted by the oxygen-rich environment of the chamber, in combination with the increase in air pressure, speeds and multiplies the concentration of oxygen molecules to tissues.

 

What does treatment feel like? 
Once at treatment pressure the client should feel nothing abnormal. During the compression process, the patient may have a slight pressure in their ears which can be alleviated by swallowing or opening their mouth and popping their ears. The internal chamber temperature may raise slightly, but will return to normal as soon as treatment pressure is obtained. During decompression, like compression, the patient may experience a slight pressure in their ears which can be alleviated by swallowing or opening their mouth and popping their ears.

 

Is there anything I can do while I am inside the chamber? 
The most important thing during a treatment is to relax. However, should you choose to use your tablet to do things like watch videos or check email, you are more than welcome to do so.  Some patients also listen to music through the speaker system, while many just choose to sleep.

 

Can I take anything with me into the chamber? 
We recommend only taking in things that will increase the comfort of your session including a water bottle, book or tablet.

 

How long does it take?  
Individual treatments range in length between 30 minutes to 2 hours. We recommend doing a series to treatments depending on the issue between 20 to 40 sessions. 

 

Are there any indications when I would not be allowed to receive treatment?  
It is always important to discuss your current and health and history with our medical staff as there a few conditions that might require cautious observation. 

 

Do I need a prescription? 
Yes. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States considers Oxygen to be a drug and it must be prescribed by a medical professional. 

 

Can I eat and/or take medications before treatment? 
We recommend you take all of your medications as directed by a doctor and that you eat prior to your arrival. We do not however recommend you smoke before or immediately after your hyperbaric treatment. 


Do I need someone to drive me to/from treatment? 

No, you can drive yourself to and from the treatment unless you are unable to do so for a different reason. There are no mind-altering medications or sedatives used. 

 

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