Q1. What is cryotherapy and how does it work?
When you enter the ecryochamber, the extremely cold temperature sends a signal to the brain. This signal tells the brain to send the body’s blood supply to the core to protect your vital organs. This is why you may feel a tingling sensation in your extremities. The process in the ecryochamber takes no more than 3 minutes.
When you exit the ecryochamber, blood is pumped rapidly back around the body. This increases your oxygen and nutrient supply and the removal of toxins. The cold activates physiological processes in the body which triggers the nervous system to release ‘feel good’ endorphins. Also, your body’s natural anti-inflammatory reaction to extremely cold temperatures results in pain reduction.
Q2. How many treatments do I need before seeing results?
After completing your first treatment, you will experience the release of the 'feel good' endorphins which can last for several hours. Depending on how healthy you are, you may feel immediate relief from joint and muscle pain, improved energy and increased flexibility that lasts for several hours or sometimes days. Improvements in your skin texture usually take longer and may require a series of treatments for the full effect.
While you may experience some of these benefits immediately, research shows that you experience improved and cumulative benefits with a minimum of 3 sessions over a relatively short period of time.
Q3. Is cryotherapy safe?
Cryotherapy has been safely used for over 30 years. Always follow the instructions when undergoing the therapy: make sure you are completely dry when you step into the ecryochamber (no wet socks or clothing), and cover sensitive body parts with a facemask, gloves, and socks or slippers.
Ensure no metallic clothing parts touch your skin. Do not wear any jewelry or piercings during the treatment (rings, necklaces, bracelets or anklets). As an exception, piercings which are hard to remove can be covered with tape. Also, pay close attention to the contraindications which can be found HERE.
Q4. Who should not use cryotherapy?
Individuals with certain contraindications should not use cryotherapy. For an extensive list, please view Contraindications.
Q5. What will my session feel like?
Since the air in the ecryochamber is extremely dry, you do not really experience an unpleasant cold. Also, the process only takes 3 minutes, which is perfectly bearable for most. For more details around what to expect, read more HERE.
Q6. What do I bring/wear during the treatment session?
Because of the temperature, all jewelry needs to be removed before entering the ecryochamber. You are required to wear socks, gloves, bathing suit bottoms, or sport shorts to protect intimate body parts. It is also necessary to protect your ears which can be covered with a headband provided by NORSPRING.
Q7. Should I shower before or after my treatment session?
Showering before the treatment is not necessary; dry skin is actually required. During the treatment your body stays dry, so taking a shower afterwards is not necessary. You can get dressed immediately after the treatment.
Q8. Can I catch a cold from a cryotherapy treatment?
Actually its the opposite! The stimulation of the immune system can help decrease the severity and frequency of colds.
Q9. Can I workout immediately after my cryotherapy treatment?
You can definitely work out immediately after treatment, in fact it is actually preferred. Light exercise immediately after treatment stimulates your circulation which allows the benefits of the session to last longer. There is cardio equipment provided for you at NORSPRING.