Cryotherapy FAQ

We hope that you’re able to get your questions answered through our Whole Body Cryotherapy FAQ Page, if your question does not appear anywhere below you can send up a message though our contact form, as well as check out our Blog for more in-depth explanations, and finally, if you have corporate or business related Cryotherapy questions we recommend checking out US Cryotherapy’s Blog, have fun reading our Cryotherapy FAQ page, hope to see you at IceHouse in the future!

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

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

Cryotherapy 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 its metabolism.

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 Cryotherapy, you will experience a higher pain tolerance and more energy.

No! Whole body cryotherapy is an advanced form of ice therapy but very different. Ice baths can last up to 20 minutes, are painful and very damaging to the skin. In the JUKA Cryotherapy machine, the skin is never penetrated, yet the body responds on a deeper level, and improves the skin's overall condition. JUKA cryotherapy machines are much faster, require no more than 3 minutes of therapy. The results are significantly better and performance is increased. Please read our benefits page to learn more.

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 clogs we provide. We haven't had anyone chicken out on us yet, and we are confident you won't too!

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 JUKA Cryotherapy machine, a Cryo Technician raises the platform and your head is exposed above the Cryotherapy.  Clients breathe room-air and an oxygen monitor is operating at all times to ensure smooth operation and safety.

The following conditions are advised not to use 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.

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). The JUKA Cryotherapy machine is set to a 3 minute maximum to ensure that no body is exposed to cold temperatures longer than recommended.

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, clogs and gloves and shown into the ICEHOUSE (please bring your valuables with you in the cryo room). Once your protective clothing is on, you will notify the cryo technician, they will then enter the 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 cryotherapy machine. Music is playing, lights are dim, conversation makes the time fly and you instantly feel the effects of the Cryotherapy.  After 1 to 3 minutes you step out and feel the endorphin rush!

Appointments must be canceled 12 hours in advance to avoid fee.
No-Shows will be charged full price for session or docked a session from their package.

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

Cryotherapy FAQ Part 2:

CAN I BECOME SICK OR CATCH A COLD FROM CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT?

No — actually the response from the body to the ultra-cooled environment of Cryotherapy raises the body’s core temperature temporarily. The detoxification, cellular regeneration and immune system reset process can actually assist the body in recovering from an illness.

TO WHAT EXTENT HAS WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY BEEN RESEARCHED & STUDIED?

Researches in the United States and Europe have been researching, studying and developing Whole Body therapy since its beginnings in 1978.

DO I HAVE TO TAKE A SHOWER BEFORE OR AFTER A CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT?

No — the procedure is completely dry and does not leave your skin wet whatsoever.

WILL I BE ABLE TO TOLERATE THE COOL TEMPERATURES OF CRYOTHERAPY?

Cooled Nitrogen gas is very dry, so the feeling is not comparable to very cool water — it actually feels less uncomfortable and cold for this reason. The process of Cryotherapy never freezes the skin or soft tissue; the sensation of coldness is what actually drives the systemic response.

HOW DOES CRYOTHERAPY COMPARE TO AN ICE BATH?

The results and benefits seen from Cryotherapy are not seen in application of an ice bath. After 15 minutes in the extremely unbearable coldness of an ice bath, the body’s surface temperature does not even reach freezing whereas during Cryotherapy the skin temperature can get to below freezing in just 2 to 3 minutes. This cooling below freezing temperatures is what triggers the system response of the brain and central nervous system and is absolutely necessary to in obtaining the benefits of cryotherapy.

HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER COMPLETING THE CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT?

During each cryotherapy treatment the body releases endorphins, which supply your body with a natural source of energy and invigoration. This endorphin energy will last 6 to 8 hours after the session. Like any new regimen, consistency is important to achieve the most beneficial results possible. Cryotherapy effectively decreases pain and increases ability. You will also burn 500 to 800 calories per treatment due to the sharp increase in metabolism.

CAN I EXERCISE & WORKOUT DIRECTLY BEFORE OR AFTER CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT?

Yes. It is recommended that you workout before getting a cryotherapy treatment because you can obtain great muscle and joint recovery due to the anti-inflammatory benefits of cryotherapy. If you choose to workout after your cryotherapy treatment you can expect a higher pain tolerance, more energy, more range of motion, great flexibility and higher abilities in general.

HOW DOES WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY WORK?

Cryotherapy uses cryogenic nitrogen vapor to lower the skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees in less than 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.

I AM CLAUSTROPHOBIC…WILL I BE ABLE TO HANDLE CRYOTHERAPY?

Absolutely. The cryosauna is open at the top so the client’s head is completely exposed and the client is in constant communication with the technician during the entire Cryotherapy treatment process. The door is never locked and the client can exit the cryosauna at any time if they feel any distress or discomfort.

HOW OFTEN CAN I GET CRYOTHERAPY?

For best results it is recommended that client’s get Cryotherapy 2 to 3 times per week. It is safe to do up to 2 cryotherapy treatments per day but is only recommended for those in heavy training or rehabilitation.

WHAT IS CRYOTHERAPY?

The JUKA XL Cryotherapy machine is a state of the art machine that administers whole body cryotherapy. It is a natural and safe ice therapy that has been used around the world for the last 25 years. Whole body cryotherapy stimulates the natural response of your body to cold, resulting in the reduction of inflammation and swelling. WBC has been known to aid the reduction in medication needed for acute and chronic pain in different joints and muscles in the body.

WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO WEAR SOCKS, GLOVES AND UNDERGARMENTS?

Gloves, socks and undergarments are worn to protect these areas from becoming too cold. The body’s response to the ultra-cooled environment is to send blood from the body’s periphery to the vital organs in the body’s core; when blood is taken from the limbs and extremities, these areas cool down more rapidly than normal, so protective materials such as sicks and gloves are necessary to ensure the clients comfort and safety.

IS WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY SAFE?

Yes! Nitrogen is a non-toxic natural gas.  The nitrogen we use to cool the JUKA Cryo machine is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe. In the ICEHOUSE the client breathes regular room-air. We require that each client takes time and wipes down their body to ensure that it has no wet spots. At ICEHOUSE Cryotherapy, we provide dry socks, slippers, gloves, robes, and clogs. Towels will be given to each client upon entry into the ICEHOUSE. Men must wear dry work-out shorts or underwear, and women, dry sports bra and shorts, or bathing suit.

WHO DEVELOPED THE FIRST CRYOTHERAPY SAUNA?

Whole body cryotherapy was first developed by Dr. Yamaguchi in Japan in the late 1970’s. The benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy have been studied and refined in Europe since then. Initially studied for treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other chronic medical inflammatory conditions, Dr. Yamaguchi discovered Cryotherapy treatment significantly reduce the pain, soreness and inflammation his patients usually experienced during during joint movement because the decrease of temperature of the body’s exterior led to the immediate release of endorphins and a decrease in sensitivity to pain and discomfort.

WHO SHOULD NOT GET CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT?

If you have experienced any of the following health conditions, it is advised not to obtain Cryotherapy treatment: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (Blood Pressure> 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, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, fever, severe anemia, infection, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases. Any client with history of cardiac disease with the past 6 months will be required to have a physicians statement clearing them to get Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment.

HOW DOES WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY WORK?

Whole Body Cryotherapy uses ultra-cooled nitrogen gas application to lower the client’s skin temperature 30 degrees Fahrenheit for between 1 and 3 minutes. Thermoreceptors in the skin send messages to the brain and central nervous system and the body goes into “Survival Mode” by sending hyper-oxygenated and nutritious blood via vasoconstriction to the body’s vital organs in its core. After exiting the ultra-cooled environment, the body begins the warm to its natural temperature and vasodilation occurs, sending the oxygenated and nutritious blood back out to the body’s periphery. This process provides the body with extra nutrients, rids the body of toxins, produces collagen, and activates the body’s natural cell regeneration cycle to produce newer, healthier cells.

IS THE NITROGEN APPLICATION OF CRYOTHERAPY DANGEROUS?

Absolutely not. Nitrogen gas is a non-toxic natural gas. The atmosphere that we breathe is composed of 78% Nitrogen, 20% oxygen and 2% other elements. Nitrogen gas is utilized in Cryotherapy for its stable properties at very low temperatures.

IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION FOR CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT?

It is recommended that clients be at least 16 years of age with parental consent to get a Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment. For clients who are between 14 and 15 years of age, a physicians release and parental consent form and required for Cryotherapy treatment.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH RISKS OF WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?

Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment has minimal risk. Blood pressure fluctuations during the treatment by up to 10 points systolic, allergic reaction to the extreme cold temperatures (rare), and activiation of some viral conditions (such as cold sores, etc) due to the stimulation of the immune system can occur but are unlikely.

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IceHouse Cryotherapy was started by three elite tennis players. All three struggled with injuries, and started using cryotherapy in order to relieve daily inflammation from rugged training routines. After retiring from the sport, they opened IceHouse Cryotherapy in order to offer this cutting edge treatment to people in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond and Seattle Area.

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