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What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
With whole body cryotherapy (WBC) the body is exposed to ultra-low temperatures (-200 to -240 °F) in a cryogenic chamber. A person is placed in the cryochamber for a short duration of 1.5-3 minutes where their skin’s surface temperature is significantly lowered through the use of liquid nitrogen which stimulates receptors producing various medical benefits.
As you enter the Cryotherapy Chamber the sudden drop in heat stimulates the temperature receptors, prompting the brain to transmit messages throughout the body. This withdraws blood from the body’s core to try to regulate the temperature.
When you exit the Cryotherapy Chamber, blood is pumped vigorously around the body, which in turn enhances the oxygen supply and removal of toxins. The cold also triggers the nervous system to release feel-good endorphins, plus the body’s natural anti-inflammatory reaction to extreme cold results in a pain reduction.
Yes. Single person direct injection and multi-person walk-in cryo chambers 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 advantage of the single person chambers is that lower temperatures can be achieved. Most studies and publications have been done with this type of chamber. The nitrogen being used to cool these chambers is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it).
DISCLAIMER: Cold therapy has not been tested or approved by the FDA or other government agencies for the treatment of any illness or disease. Use at own risk.
If you are 17 years of age or younger a parent must sign the waiver and 15 and under must have a physician, physical therapist or DC send in a referral for services.