Frequently Asked Questions Regarding CryoTherapy

WHAT IS A CRYOSAUNA?

The JUKA Cryosauna is a state of the art machine that administers whole body cryotherapy.  It is a natural, safe therapy. Whole body cryotherapy stimulates the natural response of your body to cold resulting in the reduction of inflammation and swelling. WBC can lead to the reduction in medication needed for acute and chronic pain.

WHO DEVELOPED THE CRYOSAUNA?

Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) was originally developed in Japan in 1978, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time.  Whole body cryotherapy has recently been introduced into the USA and is popular among doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and most professional athletes.

HOW DOES WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY WORK?

The cryosauna uses cryogenic nitrogen vapor to lower the skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees in under 3 minutes.  The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that acts as a stimulant to the regulatory functions of the body.  The skin exposure to the extreme temperatures also triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules, endorphins, increased oxygen in the blood and the release of toxins.

IS WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY SAFE?

Yes! Nitrogen is a non-toxic natural gas.  The nitrogen we use to cool the cryosauna is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (78%).  In the cryosauna the client breathes room-air.  Problems only arise if a client steps into the cryosauna with wet skin or clothing.

At CryoTherapy Plus, we provide dry socks, slippers, gloves and robes.  Hair dryers and towels are also available in the changing rooms.  Men must wear dry work-out shorts or underwear and women, dry sports bra and shorts, bathing suit or nothing at all (women only).

HOW DO I FEEL AFTER THE CRYOSAUNA?

During each session the body releases endorphins which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The effects from each session last at least 6-8 hours, but like any therapy, the more sessions, the better the results.  We recommend a month of consistent cryosauna sessions and then maintenance as needed.  Consistent use of the cryosauna can extend the benefits for greater lengths of time.  Decreased inflammation is experienced.  Clients suffering from pain in general will experience relief almost immediately.

Cryosauna sessions will also increase your metabolic rate, burning 500-800 calories that day.  Whole body cryotherapy used on a regular basis can help your body reset it's metabolism.

DO I EXERCISE  BEFORE OR AFTER WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?

Yes! It is safe either way.  If you exercise before whole body cryotherapy, you will experience increased energy and greater recovery due to the reduction in inflammation.  If you exercise after the cryosauna, you will experience a higher pain tolerance and more energy.

IS WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY THE SAME AS AN ICE BATH?

No! Whole body cryotherapy is an advanced form of ice therapy but not the same.  Ice baths can last up to 20 minutes, are painful and damaging to the skin.  In the cryosauna, the skin is never penetrated, yet the body responds on a deeper level, and improves the skin's overall condition.  Whole body cryotherapy is much faster, less than 3 minutes, and results in better recovery which leads to better performance.

WILL I BE ABLE TO STAND THE COLD?

There is no actual freezing, only the feeling of being cold.  Whole body cryotherapy is simply very cold air flowing over the surface of the skin.  The air is completely dry and safe with the protective gloves, socks and slippers we  provide.

IF I AM CLAUSTROPHOBIC CAN I USE THE CRYOSAUNA?

Yes! The door is never locked and a Cryo Technician is with you at all times.  You can request to step out at any time.  Upon entering the cryosauna, a Cryo Technician raises the platform and your head is exposed above the cryosauna.  Clients breathe room-air and an oxygen monitor is operating at all times.

WHO SHOULD NOT USE WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?

The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?

Whole body cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), redness, and skin burns (only if exposed to low temperatures longer than recommended).

WHY IS CRYOTHERAPY PLUS DIFFERENT?

We also offer LOCAL CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENTS.  Our facility is the only location in Ohio to offer localized cryo treatments and Cryofacials.  Local treatments, alone or with whole body cryotherapy, accelerate healing of shoulders, knees, ankles, etc.  The local cryodevice produces a beam of cryogenic nitrogen gas to rapidly cool the affected areas.  An immediate decrease in swelling, pain and inflammation internally.  The procedure takes 5-10 minutes depending on the body part.

During our Cryofacials, the same device is used.  The production of collagen is stimulated, pore size is decreased, redness is reduced and skin becomes more firm and even-toned.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN VISITING CRYOTHERAPY PLUS?

You will be pleased!  Our beautiful facility will be inviting and relaxing!  After being greeted, some general information and waiver need to be completed before using the facility.  You will then be given instructions, socks, slippers and gloves and shown to a changing room (please bring your valuables with you in the cryo room).  Once your protective clothing is on, you will be escorted to the cryo room and more instructions will be given.  Privacy is very important to us! We will only see your face, the rest of your body will be in the cryosauna.  Music is playing, lights are dim, conversation makes the time fly and you instantly feel the effects of the cryosauna.  After 1 to 2.5 minutes you step out and feel the endorphin rush!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.