Frequently Asked Questions about Cryotherapy

Whole Body Cryotherapy was first used in Japan in 1978 to treat rheumatic diseases, where it was studied and established as a powerful treatment for pain and inflammation associated with a number of many chronic conditions. Over the next three decades it quickly spread to Europe and other countries as it became widely known for its broad range of benefits. It is now becoming popular throughout the United States.
Upon entering the cryosauana, the patient stands and slowly turns while nitrogen gas fills the chamber. Over a period of three minutes, the patient’s skin surface temperature is lowered to approximately 30*F. This sudden drop in temperature triggers the skin’s cold receptors to activate the body’s most powerful survival mechanisms. This results in the release of endorphins and a rapid circulation of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.
No, nitrogen is a non-toxic gas that makes up about 78% of the air we breathe.  However, breathing pure nitrogen could cause fainting, due to the lack of oxygen.  To prevent this, the cryosauna is designed to keep the patient’s head above the chamber, and patients are instructed to breathe up or hold their breath during the treatment if the nitrogen approaches their face.
Most individuals are surprised to feel how tolerable a cryotherapy session is given such extreme temperatures.  The nitrogen in our cryosauna creates a “dry” cold, which is much more comfortable than an ice bath.  We will provide you with gloves and socks to keep your hands and feet warm.  Our friendly technician will talk you through it and make the three minutes pass quickly and easily.
Yes, there are no restrictions to your activities following a cryotherapy treatment.
We recommend that our patients do their first ten sessions within thirty days and then decide how often they would like to continue.  Many benefits such as a rush of endorphins and better sleep can be experienced as early as the first session, however maximum results are obtained with repeated treatments.
Yes.  Many Olympic, professional, collegiate and even high school athletes are taking advantage of the natural edge gained from Whole Body Cryotherapy.  The Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, and many other professional teams provide access to a cryosauna for their players to use before and after games.  Many colleges including OSU have also realized the need for this therapy and provide a cryosauna for their athletes.   We welcome local sports teams to take advantage of our group pricing and gain an edge over the competition.
People from a wide range of lifestyles and ages are a good candidate for this treatment.  While it is certainly helpful to athletes and those with chronic pain, it is also highly recommended for individuals who simply want to improve their overall health and appearance.  However, there are some conditions that would preclude an individual from utilizing this treatment.  Please refer to our list of contradictions for more information.  The minimum age is fourteen, and individuals under age eighteen must have parental consent.
Yes, you may.  The door to the cryosauna is never locked, and you may exit the chamber at anytime.  The chamber is open at the top and your head is raised above the rim, allowing you to see in all directions.
Yes, Whole Body Cryotherapy is not allowed for the following conditions:

  • Untreated Hypertension
  • Heart attack within previous 6 months
  • Decompensating diseases (edema) of the cardiovascular and respiratory system;
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • COPD
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Unstable Angina Pectoris
  • Pacemaker
  • Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or known circulatory dysfunction
  • Acute febrile respiratory (Flu like respiratory conditions)
  • Acute kidney and urinary tract diseases
  • Severe Anemia
  • Cold Allergenic Phenomenon (known allergy to cold contactants)
  • Heavy consumerist diseases (abnormal bleeding)
  • Seizure disorders
  • Bacterial and viral infections of the skin
  • Wound healing disorders (open sores or discharging wound/skin conditions)
  • Alcohol and drugs abuse
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Recent heart surgery
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Raynaud’s disease
  • Polyneuropathies
  • Pregnancy
  • Vasculitis
  • Hyperhidrosis – heavy perspiration
No, while in the cryochamber you will only be wearing socks, slippers and gloves, and men also wear briefs. This allows for 90% of your skin to be exposed to the hyper cool air. It is fine to leave your hair down and have on face lotion or makeup. We just ask that you do not apply lotion or any moisture to your skin an hour before your session. No jewelry or metals can be worn below the neck.
The first appointment with CryoUSA can take anywhere between 15-20 minutes. We like to fully educate our clients and help with any questions they may have. After the first appointment, sessions typically take 5-7 minutes.
Yes, a client under the age of 14 cannot use cryotherapy. The client cannot have high blood pressure, have or have had seizures, have a severe case of Raynaud’s syndrome, be pregnant, have any existing heart issue, have any major vascular issues, have clots or have had a brain aneurism, have any severe reaction to cold or have had a stroke. Other contraindications exist for which each client should fully read the waiver.

Frequently Asked Questions about Infrared Sauna

Loose fitting, breathable clothing. Men typically wear workout or swim trunks; women typically wear workout shorts and a tank top or sports bra.
Anywhere from 20-45 minutes. Safe to do every day, recommended to do a couple times a week.
Infrared heat is very gentle. The experience is similar to lying in the sun on a warm day and feeling the heat radiate to the core of your body. Unlike traditional (hot rock or steam) saunas–which operate at well in excess of 200°F–infrared heat has the benefit of being effective at a more comfortable operating temperature of 100°-150°F.
Traditional saunas heat the air vs. the body directly. Rather than inducing detoxification and relaxation, this can make the experience unbearably hot and difficult to breathe. Because infrared heat penetrates human tissue vs. simply heating the surface of the skin, infrared saunas are seven times more effective than traditional saunas at detoxifying the body. By raising the body’s core temperature, infrared saunas can produce a sweat composed of 20% toxins vs. only 3% toxins with a traditional sauna.

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