What is Cryo-therapy?

What is Cryo-therapy?

The Electric Cryotherapy chamber is a fully enclosed, electrical booth that lowers the temperature inside to around -150F exposing the individual to the cold atmosphere for around 2 to 3 minutes. The freezing temperature causes blood vessels to contract, engaging vasoconstriction and activating the central nervous system. The goal is to achieve a 30 to 40 degree drop in skin temperature quickly enough to stimulate the body’s fight/flight response without causing any damage to tissue. This pushes some of the blood from the surface areas and skeletal muscles towards the body’s warm core. Once the cryotherapy session is over the skin returns to normal temperature as the warmer blood circulates throughout the entire body. No other treatment can duplicate these results without a high risk of injury.

Benefits of cryotherapy are immediate. During the first few moments of your session your brain will release endorphins and adrenaline into the body as skin temperature drops down. The core body temperature remains at about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. After treatment as the capillaries expand they begin to deliver oxygen-rich blood that is full of nutrients throughout the body. This speeds up recovery significantly. Most customers feel a pleasant tingling sensation with effects that can last six to eight hours.

Our machine is a Trident—a single cryo-chamber. It is a safe and effective method to achieve your wellness goals. This machine has zero FDA warnings and more than 220 clinical studies in place to report evidenced-based results. Electric cryotherapy is now known as the safer and more effective source for muscle recovery than that of older nitrogen gas machines. Electric offers a more evenly distributed cold and allows for whole-body cooling without the fear and danger of asphyxiation or forced air burns.

How can cryo-therapy help me?

• Strengthened immune system
• Reduced stress levels (cortisol)
• Increased exercise recovery
• Reduced muscle soreness
• Reduced white fat cells
• A boosted metabolism
• Improved mood and sleep
• Improved skin appearance
• Reduced pain and inflammation
• Rejuvenated and tightened skin
• Stimulated collagen production
• Decreased appearance of acne
• Reduced appearance of eczema
• Diminished appearance of cellulite
• Norepinephrine triggering for depression

*No results are guaranteed and, as with most treatments, consistency is important to achieve and maintain results*

How often should I have whole body Cryotherapy treatments?

For consistent, longer lasting pain relief, skin enhancement and improved mood, a minimum of 10 sessions is recommended.

For maximum benefit, we recommend the following regimens:
• Exercise Recovery and Pain Management: 3 sessions per week
• Anti-Inflammation and Skin Maintenance: 3 sessions per week
• Weight Loss: 2 sessions per day for 10 days, spaced 1 hour apart
• Skin Pre-Event: 2 sessions per day for 2 days, spaced 1 hour apart
• Overall Wellness: 1-2 sessions per week

What To (& Not to) Wear to a Cryotherapy Session

At Sana Vita, our team will provide you with socks, slippers, gloves and a hat or earmuffs. 

We do require the following for you personal safety when using the cryo-chamber:

  1. Men must wear underwear when inside the chamber, but it is suggested for women as well. 
  2. You should not be wet when entering the chamber (e.g. sweat from a workout prior)
  3. Piercings must be taken out or covered with an adhesive bandage
  4. Women who opt to wear a bra should ensure it is wireless

Possible Side Effects:

The most common side effects of any type of cryotherapy are numbness, tingling, redness, and irritation of the skin. These side effects are almost always temporary. Make an appointment with your doctor if they don’t resolve within 24 hours.

Who should NOT use this treatment?

You should never use cryotherapy for longer than is recommended for the method of therapy you’re using. For whole body cryotherapy, this would be more than four minutes. If you’re using an ice pack or ice bath at home, you should never apply ice to the area for more than 20 minutes. Wrap ice packs in a towel so you don’t damage your skin.

Those with diabetes or any conditions that affect their nerves should not use cryotherapy. They may be unable to fully feel its effect, which could lead to further nerve damage.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding use of the cryo-chamber please consult your physician prior to use. You may also schedule an appointment with one of our medical staff to discuss your individual health history and evaluate the wellness treatments that will most benefit you. Ask a team member about integrative health care services at our partner company Foundation: A Wellness Practice.

Cryo-chamber FAQ

Is it safe to get that cold?

Yes it is safe. During the 3 minute session your skin temperature will drop but your core temperature will remain at 98.6°F, its natural state.

Can I catch a cold from whole-body cryotherapy?

No, you cannot catch a cold because common colds are caused by viruses not temperature. We sanitize the chamber and the room between every session.

Do I have to take a shower before or after a session?

Showering is not necessary before or after cryotherapy, because the treatment is dry and does not make your skin wet. In fact, we recommend that you are no wet when you use the cryo-chamber. 

How often can I have a cryotherapy session?

Cryotherapy sessions can be implemented safely as often as twice daily. For general use 2-3 sessions per week is the norm. High level athletes have cryotherapy sessions up to 5 times a week.

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