The Cryosauna uses gasiform nitrogen to provide a cold environment for a period of two-three minutes. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that acts as a stimulant to the regulatory functions of the body. It produces the scanning of all areas that may not be working to their fullest potential. The skin exposure to the extreme temperatures also triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins.
Unfortunately Whole Body Cryotherapy has not been in Canada long enough. And it is not considered a medical treatment. Although, for those plans that have funds allocated to “other” services, please ask you provider is they will cover it. We would be happy to answer any of their questions. Please pass our information to your provider.
Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time. Whole body cryotherapy has been used in Europe and Japan 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.
No, it isn’t. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen, and 1% of other gases.
Before entering the Cryosauna, clients are required to wear only cotton socks, and a third sock or cotton underwear (for men). The treatment is of short duration (2-3 minutes), and the cold is ‘dry’, so it is very tolerable. Towards the end of the treatment, you may get a ‘pins and needles’ sensation, which disappears immediately after the treatment. If you have ever experienced jumping in a cold lake or doing the polar bear swim, you have tolerated far worse than a Cryotherapy treatment.
It is very common for you to feel very warm at your core. During each session the body releases endorphines, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The mood-enhancing effects from each session can last for days. Although this is not always the case. Depending on your bodies condition, others that have high stress symptoms seem to notice a calm and relaxed feeling and sometimes even tired.
Depending on the condition of treatment, you should initially take 7 – 10 treatments in close succession (separated by 1-2 days — e.g. 3x/week) to maximize your results. For cronic or severe conditions your initial treatments are best resolved in 20 – 30 sessions. After that you can take fewer treatment spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results (e.g. once every week or two weeks).
Yes, you may. The technician is with you at all times engaging in conversation which distracts you from the process. And as a safety mechanism, the door is never locked and you may step out at any moment. The chamber is open to the top and your head is raised above the level of the upper rim of the chamber.
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy: 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, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.
Whole body cryohtherapy is very well tolerated 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, redness, and skin burns (only if exposed to low temperatures longer than recommended).
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