Temperatures between – 200°F and – 270°F, for a duration of 2 to 4 minutes have been clinically proven to:
- Reduce inflammation
- Speed up post-surgical healing
- Manage pain
- Increase mobility
- Reduce anxiety and stress
- Relieve tendonitis & arthritis
- Assist in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
- Alleviate depression
- Increase your energy
- Increase your physical performance (athletes love this treatment)
Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis! The benefits have been studied and refined in Europe and the US since that time.
Whole body cryotherapy has been used in Europe and Japan for more than three decades. Multiple research studies have been published.
See below for a list of these articles. Here for the science.
The Cryosauna uses nitrogen gas to lower your skins surface temperature by 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of 2-3 minutes. The skin reacts to the cold in 2 major ways:
1) Messages are sent to the brain from the nerves in the skin which then stimulant the regulatory functions of the body. This creates a positive neurological effect. 2) The skin exposure to the extreme temperatures triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins (feel good chemicals).
Cryosaunas have been used for the past 30+ years without any severe adverse reaction ever recorded. Problems have only arisen if a client steps into the machine with wet clothing, especially wet socks, as water will freeze immediately at these temperatures. The nitrogen being used to cool the single-person in the cryosauna is safe. Our operator will raise a platform you stand on up so that your head is above the heavier nitrogen vapors so you will breathe the room air. For added safety, our chamber is also equipped with an oxygen monitor at the level of the mouth, which will shut off the nitrogen supply should the oxygen concentration drop by 0.5%. In order to protect the more temperature sensitive tissues such as hands and feet we will provide you with socks, slippers, and gloves.
A session is of short duration (2-3 minutes), and the cold is ‘dry’, so it is very tolerable. Towards the end of the session, you may get a ‘pins and needles’ sensation, which disappears immediately after you step out of the chamber.
During each session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The mood-enhancing effects from each session can last for days. These endorphins are also what reduce pain and inflammation. The extreme contraction of the vessels in the skin can help to clear toxins from the body which also reduce inflammation and also stimulate collagen to be produced which rejuvenates and tighten the skin.
Depending on the condition of treatment, you should initially take 5 – 10 treatments in close succession (separated by 1-2 days — e.g. 3x/week) to maximize your results. 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).
The immediate cold impact of the cryosession 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.
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 160/100), 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.
Time-Course of Changes in Inflammatory Response after Whole-Body Cryotherapy Multi Exposures following Severe Exercise.
Translating whole-body cryotherapy into geriatric psychiatry – A proposed strategy for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Acute cold stress in rheumatoid arthritis inadequately activates stress responses and induces an increase of interleukin 6.
Effect of whole body cryotherapy on uric acid concentration in plasma of multiple sclerosis patients.