FAQs

What is CryoTherapy?

The term "CryoTherapy" comes from the Greek words cryo meaning cold, and CryoTherapy meaning cure. CryoTherapy has been used as a healing modality since the seventeenth century.

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) originated in Japan in 1978, however it was a group of Polish scientists who took the idea and made Cryotherapy the physical therapy that it is today.
 

Health uses liquid nitrogen-based freezing technology with vapours reaching below-160 degrees centigrade to trigger a natural physiological reaction to cold temperatures. During treatment the brain receives messages to stimulate the regulatory functions of the body, which in turn forces the body to increase bloody circulation in order to heat the treated area back up.

 

Is nitrogen dangerous to human beings?

No. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogena, 78% Nitrogen and 5% of other components.

 

Is CryoTherapy comfortable? What do I wear?

As the nitrogen is a vapour based treatment it is simply a dry, gaseous cold that means it is tolerable even to those who may consider themselves cold-intolerant. For your treatment please just wear comfortable loose clothing that can be removed dependent upon your treatment. In addition we offer as part of your treatment, exercise equipment to use for a recommended 10 minutes to enhance the benefits and therefore you may wish to wear clothing suitable for exercise.

 

How will I feel after I finish a treatment?

During each session the body releases endorphins, which make you feel good and energetic. The buoyant effects from each session last at least six-eight hours and increase with the number of treatment sessions. Many clients have expressed that they have the best nights sleep after a Health session.

 

How many treatments should I take to achieve optimal results?

Depending on your treatment goals and your condition, you should initially take between five and ten sessions in close succession to maximise your results and then continue them less frequently to maintain invigorated health

 

Can I catch a cold because of this treatment?

No, the immediate cold impact of your treatment will raise the internal temperature of your body for a short period of time. This stimulates the immune system and can help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.

 

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

No this is not necessary as the treatment is completely dry and does not make your skin wet.

 

Can I work out after a session?

Your core body temperature will start to cool after the treatment and to stabilise your body’s temperature as well as promote expansion of the bloody vessels to further enhance your treatment it is recommended that ten minutes of light exercise is performed post session. The movement will induce more rapid expansion of the vessels and capillaries and can extend the period of the analgesia and the feelings of well being. Health provides exercise equipment for your use.

 

What are the risks of CryoTherapy?

The treatments are well tolerated and have minimal risks. Fluctuations in blood pressure during the session by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after procedure as circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction too extreme cold (rare) and activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) due to stimulation of the immune system.

 

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