Whole Body Cryotherapy was developed in Japan in 1978 and migrated to Germany and Europe in the early 1980’s. Over the past 30 years, numerous clinical studies have been conducted examining the roll cryotherapy plays in the treatment of injuries and management of chronic pain and inflammation.
Whole Body Cryotherapy is typically safe and, if done properly, has minimal risks or side effects. Potential risks include: Anxiety, claustrophobia, frostbite or cold burns, eye injury, allergic skin reactions, lightheadedness, and fluctuations in blood pressure or respiratory rate and difficulty breathing. Our staff is trained to protect your experience, mitigate risk and ensure an atmosphere of safety. Please refer to our list of contraindications for Whole Body Cryotherapy.
After choosing a song of your choice, you de-robe in private environment and enter the neon blue glow of the cryo chamber. An invigorating rush of cold air engulfs you and you may feel more excited than uncomfortable. Your skin will tingle and you will think to yourself, “ It’s cold but it’s not that bad.” Our technician will be walking you through the process and a countdown timer will let you know exactly how much longer until your session is complete. The intensity of the cold sensation increases during the last 30 seconds. As you push the door open following your 2-4 minute session you will be cold but not uncomfortable. A surge of warmth will dominate the next 10 minutes and will last for up to 2-3 hours.
The time in the chamber lasts merely 2-4 minutes. We recommend 5 min of light cardiovascular exercise on a stationary machine immediately following your session but it is not required. The entire process can take less then 10 min.
People are required to wear underwear or shorts. We will provide socks, slippers, gloves, ear protection and a respiratory mask.
Yes. Contraindicated conditions include: Uncontrolled hypertension, heart disease, seizure disorders, anemia, metal implants, severe asthma or COPD, Raynaud’s Syndrome, blood clots or DVT, healing wounds, active infections, pregnancy, fever and extreme claustrophobia. Local cryotherapy sessions are an alternative for these health related concerns.
Yes! The door cannot be locked and you may step out at any time. The glass door and 2-way intercom ensures you are in constant visual and audio communication with the technician. If your comfort level is not optimal, you can still realize the benefits of cryotherapy from local treatments.
Yes. Light cardiovascular exercise promotes re-expansion of your blood vessels and accelerates the distribution of oxygen and nutrient rich blood throughout the body. 5- 10 minutes on our stationary exercise equipment is recommended, but not necessary to receive all the potential benefits of cryotherapy.
The brief application of an extreme drop in temperature may cause a narrowing of the blood vessels and a subsequent decrease in blood flow. When the cold stimulus is removed, a potential massive dilation of the blood vessels occurs and may last for 2-3 hours. During this re-warming phase, a dramatic increase in blood flow to the muscles occurs causing a significant increase in the delivery of oxygen and nutrient rich blood to all areas of the body. Metabolic waste removal is also potentially enhanced. The result of this massive shunting of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body is a significant alteration in the hormones and cellular proteins that fight inflammation. The result is a potential decrease in chronic and acute inflammation, increased cell regeneration, improved athletic performance and elevated energy levels.
You will notice an increase in energy, better sleep and faster recovery from exercise after a single treatment. To maximize your results, a series of 5 – 10 sessions in close proximity is recommended. Optimal results occur when cryotherapy sessions become a part of your daily life.
Cryotherapy is a dry cold making it tolerable, even to those who consider themselves intolerant of cold. Gear provided keeps you protected and a technician is with you at all times to ensure your comfort level. A glass door allows for constant communication for a safe and positive experience.
Yes. One of the potential benefits of whole body cryotherapy is enhanced recovery from exercise and accelerated treatment of sports related injuries. We encourage young athletes to utilize the benefits of cryotherapy from both an injury prevention and athletic performance standpoint. We allow minors aged 13 and up to enter the cryo chamber with parental consent.
No. While this treatment is often covered by health insurance in other countries, cryotherapy is not recognized as medical care in the United States and therefore, not covered by insurance. It may be possible to pay for sessions under your health care spending account.
No. Northwest Cryotherapy utilizes an electrically based cooling mechanism to achieve temperatures of -137 degrees Fahrenheit. No nitrogen gas is involved.
No. Cryotherapy treatments are totally dry and will not make you wet in anyway. For safety reasons, it is imperative that your skin, hair and clothing be completely dry prior to entering the chamber. Many people come in for a session on a lunch break or while running errands around town.