What is Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC)?
• WBC is a hypothermic application that involves sitting or standing in a individual-sized chamber with your head above the chamber, while gasiform nitrogen at temperatures of negative 200-300 degrees F fill the confined space reducing skin temperature to around 30* Fahrenheit.
What does WBC do?
• As the cooling process begins, a peripheral vasoconstriction of the extremities ensues, forcing blood away from the extremities and towards your vital organs. The body’s natural filtration system works to remove toxins and other waste products from your blood. As you step out of the unit, the body warms up again, fresh enriched blood returns hyper-oxygenated and full of nutrients to the extremities to allow faster healing and recovery.
Is it dangerous?
• No, all WBC sessions are closely monitored by a trained technician, and safety procedures are reviewed with the subject prior to starting the session. The nitrogen cooling gas is completely harmless as it is in 78% of the air we breathe every day. Lastly, our Cryosense unit has no lock on the door and has a 3 minute auto shut off timer.
What are the contraindications for using WBC?
• Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 160/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, cold-activated asthma, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud's Syndrome, fever, Cryoglobulinemia, Cryofibriongenemia, Agammaglobulinemia, Active Cancer, DVT, Acute infections, Certain medications (antipsychotic, alcohol), Cold intolerance/allergy to cold, Damaged skin, Claustrophobia, Hypothyroidism, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, cold allergy, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases. If you have any other injury, illness or medical condition, you should consult your physician prior to using cryotherapy.
Is it covered by Insurance?
• No, we do not accept insurance policies, however you can always ask your insurance provider for reimbursement of a WBC session.
What are the benefits of WBC?
• Decreases muscle soreness, pain and inflammation, reduces delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), increase energy and peak athletic performance, allows for immediate post-therapy sports activity, allows more intense and higher volume training, boosts lymph draining and blood circulation, improves muscle strength and joint function, overall faster return to sports training, decreases injury recovery time, improves immune system, decreases fatigue
What do I wear?
• While in the cryochamber, you will only be wearing socks, shoes and gloves, which are all provided at the time of your visit. Additionally, men will have to wear briefs or short. Women can also choose to wear a swimsuit or shorts, but is not required. It is ok to leave your hair down. We recommend NOT applying lotion or any moisturizer to your skin an hour before your session. No jewelry or metals can be worn below the neck.
How long will a WBC session take?
• It should only take 10-15 minutes to complete your WBC session, 3-5 of which are within the cryochamber.
How long do the effects of WBC last?
• WBC effects can last as long as 1-2 days after a session.