What is Cryotherapy?

In 1978, a rheumatologist in Japan, Dr. Yamaguchi, discovered that subjecting the body to extreme cold helped rheumatoid arthritis patients move better and feel less pain.  Essentially, the goal of WBC is to rapidly overwhelm your cold sensors to the point where your brain’s tricked into thinking your body’s experiencing hypothermia.  Theoretically, the extreme cold constricts blood vessels, driving excess fluid out to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.  Professional athletes who have used ice baths in the past have discovered WBC as a more powerful and effective way to decrease recovery time and increase athletic performance. Cryotherapy has been used in Europe over the last two decades and is only now becoming popular in the United States.

Is Cryotherapy safe?

Yes, the liquid nitrogen that is used as a chilling agent does not come into contact with your skin, and it is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). In the chamber, a person breathes room-air. For added safety, chambers are equipped with an oxygen monitor.  A trained operator is always present during the treatment to control the temperature levels and monitor your comfort.

What is the experience like?

The session usually only lasts between 1.5 to 3 minutes.  You will remove all of your jewelry and clothing except for underwear (men) or bathing suit (women), gloves and booties.  The cold air does not contain any moisture, nor is there any air current, so it is very tolerable. Towards the end of the session, you may get a "pins and needles" type of sensation, but it will disappear immediately after leaving the cryochamber.

Who should not use Cryotherapy?

While it is good for many, anyone who is pregnant, has severe unmanaged hypertension (BP> 180/100), has a cardiac pacemaker, is being treated for cancer, has deep vein thrombosis, acute or recent myocardial infarction, uncontrolled seizures, fever, unstable angina pectoris, Raynaud’s syndrome, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, open wounds or ulcers, or is under influence of drugs or alcohol is advised not to use Cryotherapy.  We do not allow individuals younger than 18 years of age.