When did WBC begin?
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) originated in Japan in 1978 for rheumatoid arthritis. This treatment expanded into Poland by scientists who began using it as a physical therapy tool. These scientists realized that not only was WBC an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, many other areas of the body responded to this therapy with positive results.
What happens during a treatment?
The patient enters the cryochamber as the nitrogen gas fills and cools the chamber to approximately -250 fahrenheit. Over a period of 3 minutes the patient’s skin surface is lowered approximately 30-40 degrees. This sudden drop in temperature triggers the body’s survival mechanisms. As a result, there is a release of endorphins as well as a rapid circulation of oxygen rich blood throughout the body. Capillaries will expand up to four times their natural diameter, which enables your white blood cells to access and heal your injuries up to five times faster.
How often should I do cryotherapy?
While a single session will instantly help, we recommend doing at least 2 treatments per week for the first month. Many of our customers come more like 3-4 or even 5-6 times per week to maximize their potential. For ongoing maintenance we recommend at least weekly.
When will I see results or improvement?
Immediately you’ll notice the positive effects of increased endorphins and adrenaline, leaving you feeling focused and recharged. If you’re looking to see more physical changes, results are seen after about two weeks of regular treatments.
Can I have multiple treatments in one day?
Yes. You must wait four hours between treatments.
What do I wear?
PLEASE BE SURE NOT TO WEAR ANY LOTIONS, OILS, OR SPRAYS ON YOUR BODY AS THE MOISTURE MAY CAUSE FROSTBITE. Clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks and underwear (men). You will be provided mittens and booties to protect your extremities. Modesty is preserved at all times as only your face and hands are visible to the technician.
Should I work out before or after a treatment?
Both are completely safe. Receiving treatment before working out will enhance your energy and endurance, promoting muscle recovery and rejuvenation. We recommend light exercise after your cryo treatment. This will assist in stabilizing your bodys temperature, promote vasodilation and extend the period of analgesia.
Should I eat/drink before/after?
While it is always good to be hydrated, it's not required to consume anything (or not consume) pre-session. Post-session we recommend hydrating however eating is completely individual and has no negative or positive effect either way in regard to the benefits of the treatment.
What are the risks?
Whole body cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has very small risks. A small increase in blood pressure up to 10 points systolically can be expected but does not happen to all clients. The rise in blood pressure quickly returns to normal after the treatment. Allergic reactions to extreme cold are very rare but may happen.
Are there any age restrictions?
Yes. No one under the age of 13 will be allowed treatment. If your age is 13-18, we require parental consent. ages 13-16 should have a physician’s referral.
Is nitrogen dangerous to humans?
No. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 78% nitrogen.
If I'm claustrophobic can I do cryotherapy?
Yes. Our cryotherapy chambers are open at the top and your head is fully above the machine. Plus, the door doesn’t lock as it’s held closed by magnets allowing the ability to exit easily. In addition, you’ll have your choice of music for the duration of your session.
Who should not use cryotherapy?
The following are contraindications for WBC:
Pregnancy, untreated hypertension (BP 180/100) , heart attack within previous 6 months, congestive heart failure, COPD, ischemic heart disease, tumor diseases, chronic liver disease, unstable angina pectoris, pacemaker, deep vein thrombosis or known circulatory dysfunctions, acute febrile respiratory conditions, acute kidney and urinary tract infections, severe anemia, seizure disorders, open sores, Raynaud’s disease, vasculitis, hyperhidrosis or uncontrolled diabetes.