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Cryotherapy, It’s Not For Everyone!

As most of us have come to know, Whole Body Cryotherapy is a well tested and extremely safe pain and inflammation treatment. Over the last few years, many of the dangers or worries circling around Whole Body Cryotherapy have been proven wrong and is now considered an extremely low-risk treatment.

However, as with any safe, tried and tested treatments and therapies, there are some people that should think twice about using Whole Body Cryotherapy. Before you even start your treatment, a specialist will run through a series of questions and health tests to make sure cryotherapy is a good fit for you.

Contrary to popular belief, any issues such as adversity to the cold or claustrophobia aren’t actually a problem when it comes to Cryotherapy. The door of the Cryochamber is never locked, so you are always in control, and your head is always outside of the chamber, in room temperature air the entire time. So, there’s never actually been a case of any problems or anxiety attacks associated with claustrophobia.

So, who shouldn’t do Whole Body Cryotherapy?

The only time you should steer clear of Whole Body cryotherapy is when you have an underlying health condition, usually associated with cardiovascular or blood-related issues.

During the treatment, your skin’s temperature is lowered by liquid Nitrogen vapour, and this causes an increase in heart rate and fluctuations in blood pressure up to 10 systolic points. For a healthy individual this only has beneficial effects; decrease in inflammation, increased overall health and energy, reduction in pain and swelling. However, for someone with an underlying health condition, it can be potentially dangerous.

You should rethink using Whole Body Cryotherapy if you have any of the following conditions…

  • Pregnant
  • Cold, fever or flu
  • Cold-induced asthma
  • Have an open wound or sore
  • Severe hypertension
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Tumour-related disease
  • Acute allergies to cold
  • Peripheral respiratory disease
  • Have a pacemaker
  • Have recently had a heart attack (last 6 months)
  • Severe anemia
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Acute kidney or urinary tract infection
  • Arrhythmia
  • Symptomatic cardiovascular disease
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Venous thrombosis
  • Uncontrolled seizures
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome

If you have any questions or concerns about your health and being able to undergo a Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment, then you can ask your health care professional, or contact us directly. We will be happy to answer any questions. You can do so HERE.

If you don’t have any of these health-related issues and are ready to reap the benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy,  you can check out our available appointments and learn more about our process HERE.

 

How Often Should You Do Cryotherapy?

So, we all know that Cryotherapy is the ice cold therapy taking the world by storm. But for those who are Cryotherapy addicts, and those who are total beginners, there’s one looming question… How often should you do Cryotherapy?

Technically, you could do Whole Body Cryotherapy every single day, as it’s a safe and extremely beneficial treatment. However, many things such as budget, travel, life commitments and location can make it totally unrealistic to undergo this kind of Cryotherapy schedule. A number of sessions you need also depends on why you are doing Whole Body Cryotherapy in the first place. Starting Cryotherapy for pain, injuries or inflammation needs a completely different number of sessions to treatments for sleep loss, weight loss or energy boost.

How often in the beginning?

No matter what you’re stepping into that CryoChamber for, it’s advisable to give you treatment a kick-start’! Most Cryotherapy specialists will recommend you do 5-7 sessions of Whole Body Cryotherapy for the first two weeks in order to boost your treatment. Doing a large blast of Cryotherapy in the beginning like this cleanses your body of toxins, boosts your metabolism and sets you up for maintenance sessions in the future.

How many maintenance sessions?

Even after just one Cryotherapy session, you will be feeling more energised, you will burn unto 800 calories, have reduced inflammation and pain, and will feel a surge of endorphins. Having said that, doing Cryotherapy is a bit like going to the gym, if you want optimum results, you have to go more than once, and preferably on an ongoing basis.

How often you need to go will depend on the problem you are trying to treat. A selected injury or recovery from an operation will need a few sessions in a short space of time, whereas if you simply want to increase your overall energy and health, then you should do fewer sessions spaces over more time.

The list below will give you a good guideline of how many sessions and how often you should do Whole Body Cryotherapy.

Overall Energy Boost – 1 to 2 times a week (or whenever you’re needing a pick-me-up)

Inflammation Maintenance – 1 to 2 times a week

Workout Recovery – 2 to 3 times a week (depending on workout schedule)

Recovery for Athletes – 2 to 5 times a week (in season)

Chronic Aches & Pain – 3 to 5 times a week

Recovering from Surgery – 3 to 5 times a week

Recovering from Injury – 3 to 5 times a week

Chronic Illness – 3 – 5 times a week (Arthritis, Fibromyalgia etc)

Please note that the above list is just a guideline. The actual amount of sessions you will need will depend on your personal problem or goals.

To get an accurate schedule of how often you should do Full Body Cryotherapy, you can contact a member of our fully trained and specialist staff HERE.

Is Whole Body Cryotherapy Really Safe?

Whole Body Cryotherapy was developed in 1978 and is now recognised and covered by most health insurance companies around the world. Star athletes and celebrities both use this chilly treatment as a way to reduce inflammation, reduce pain and swelling, promote healing of injuries and even to help with anti-ageing and weight loss!

However, as Cryotherapy got more popular, it has gained a lot of attention from both the medical community and sceptics regarding its safety. Many people are now asking, “is Whole Body Cryotherapy Really Safe?”

Is Cryotherapy safe?

One of the main concerns about Whole Body Cryotherapy is the freezing cold temperatures. People often confuse this treatment with ice baths and think that their body will simply freeze. However, the two treatments couldn’t be more different. Unlike ice baths, Whole Body Cryotherapy only lowers the temperature of the skin’s surface, not your body’s core temperature. This results in increased blood flow, increased oxygen and also reduced inflammation. Basically, this means that there is no chance of getting frostbite or chill burns from Whole Body Cryotherapy.

During your whole treatment, vaporised nitrogen air is passed over your skin’s surface, which is not only dry but is completely harmless to your skin. Many people fear that the nitrogen is dangerous and that it will cause you to pass out, however, if performed by a licensed Cryotherapy specialist, during Whole Body Cryotherapy this will never happen. Nitrogen is not only non-toxic, but it makes up 78% of the air we breathe every second of every day. Plus, during your entire treatment, your head remains out of the Cryotherapy chamber, so you will be able to breathe room temperature air the entire time.

Having said all of this, there are some people who just aren’t suited to Cryotherapy. Individuals that have health issues sensitive to blood flow such as hypertension, heart disease, anaemia or seizures are advised to steer clear of this icy treatment. Pregnant women and people with systemic issues such as diabetes should also reconsider trying Whole Body Cryotherapy.

What are the safety measures used?

When you go to a professional and fully licensed Cryotherapy facility, you should have absolutely nothing to worry about regarding the safety of Cryotherapy. Before you even step into the CryoChamber room, a licensed technician will perform a full health screening to ensure you have no underlying health issues and that you know exactly what will happen during your Cryotherapy treatment.

After your assessment, you will then be given protective gloves and slippers to ensure your extremities don’t get too chilly during the Cryotherapy treatment. Your technician will stay with you throughout the entire process, monitoring oxygen levels, the time you’ve been inside the chamber, and of course, how you’re feeling. If at any point you become claustrophobic or wish to exit the CryoChamber, the door pushes open easily, and your technician will be there to help with anything you may need.

Under no circumstances should you stay in a Whole Body Cryotherapy Chamber for more than two or three minutes, this is to ensure that only your skin’s surface temperature drops to freezing and not your body’s core temperature. This will ensure that no adverse effects will happen to your health during or after the treatment.

Here at Polar Bare Club Cryotherapy, we use one of the safest Cryotherapy chambers in the world. Following the extremely strict guidelines on LN2 safety in Australia, the state of the art Juke is one of the only Cryotherapy Chambers that meet their guidelines. This means that with our fully professional team, and fantastic Juke chambers you’ll be in the safest hands possible.

Now that you’re fully informed and are ready to book your Cryotherapy treatment, head on over to our Services Page to check for available appointments. 

The COLD Hard Facts About Cryotherapy and Weight Loss

It seems like something out of a futuristic Sci-Fi movie… Stripping down to the bare essentials and jumping into a chamber that will basically freeze the surface of your skin, all in the name of weight loss. However, there’s a reason that Cryotherapy is fast becoming the go-to treatment for star athletes and celebrities all over the world.

Whole Body Cryotherapy works by passing liquid nitrogen vapor over the skin, causing the surface temperature to drop dramatically. This triggers an immune response in the body resulting in reduced inflammation, decreased pain and an increase in metabolism, something that could help with your weight loss goals.

That’s right, Whole Body Cryotherapy can be a fantastic calorie burner. After a 3-minute Cryotherapy session, your body will burn up to 800 calories, that’s the equivalent of 45 minutes of rigorous cycling! However, it should be noted that sessions of Whole Body Cryotherapy alone won’t make you lose weight. These treatments should be used as an aid in weight loss, to be used alongside a healthy diet and exercise regime.

So, how does it work? Due to the freezing cold nitrogen vapor, your brain triggers your body’s survival mode. This results in the secretion of adrenaline and an increase in blood and oxygen to your skins surface, causing a boost in immunity, rapid cell renewal and an increase in metabolism. As your body is tricked into thinking it’s beginning to freeze, it will start breaking down that stubborn brown fat in order to raise your core temperature. Using a large amount of energy like this to heat up the body is what burns those pesky calories.

Following your treatment, for around 8 hours, your body will keep on burning around 2000−3300 Kilojoules of energy. So you can see why, in conjunction with a healthy diet and active lifestyle, Cryotherapy can help you with your weight loss goals.

Not only will Whole Body Cryotherapy assist in burning extra calories, but it will also improve sleep and boost your energy, leaving you in the best possible mindset to do your usual exercise routine. Also, while working out, our bodies can become tired and even injured. As Whole Body Cryotherapy decreases inflammation and pain caused by sports and rigorous exercise, it can help get you back to your workout much quicker, and make those rest days so much more beneficial.

BUT! …..

If you’re looking for the magic bullet to miraculously lose weight – then CRYOTHERAPY IS NOT FOR YOU!  Some Cryotherapy clinics (rather, some general clinics too) are making pretty astounding claims that you’ll lose weight through Cryotherapy and their modality. These are pretty radical claims. Obviously, there is no such thing as a magic pill. There are no shortcuts!

If you’re looking for an AID in your weight loss plan, to work in conjunction with your current exercise routine and nutrition plan, then Whole Body Cryotherapy is definitely the way to go!! We’ve witnessed hundreds of clients successfully lose their weight, reduce their stress and completely change their lives. While we can’t guarantee a certain % of body fat loss, we can definitely guarantee less inflammation, a better mood, potentially the best night sleep of your life and the BEST FUN (especially if you bring a friend – or two)

We offer a wide range of Cryotherapy treatments, including Whole Body Cryotherapy options. We have fully trained staff and arguably the safest state of the art CryoSauna just waiting to help in your wellness journey. Click HERE for more information and to book your session.

What is a Cryofacial and Does it Hurt?

Cryofacials are a Cryogenic treatment, developed by the highly talented Dr Kuehne in Los Angeles.  The process uses a controlled stream of liquid nitrogen vapours, which is passed over the entire face and neck. This below zero stream comes from a probe like ‘Cryowand’ and is used to ‘freeze’ the outer layer of skin, leaving your complexion looking brighter, more vibrant and with fewer fine lines.

As soon as the vapour passes over your skin there is an instantaneous tightening of the skin’s surface and pores, which effectively fills in fine lines and wrinkles. However, it’s underneath the skin that the true magic happens. The Cryofacial instantly triggers a steady dilation of blood vessels and lymphatic capillaries, allowing the blood to carry more oxygen, nutrients and even collagen to the skin’s surface. This quick rush of goodies causes the production of collagen to increase, leaving you with a truly glowing and even complexion.

If you suffer from puffiness around your eyes or red patches on your face and neck, having a Cryofacial could be the answer to all your problems. The liquid nitrogen vapour relaxes muscles and reduces swelling and inflammation, which can drastically reduce puffiness and uneven skin tones.

The whole process only takes around 10 minutes, and unlike most other facial treatments, there’s no irritation or reddening afterwards. You can step straight out of the clinic and onto the red carpet after a Cryofacial treatment, which is what a lot of celebrities do.

Does a Cryofacial hurt?

Many people worry that they won’t be able to handle the freezing cold air, or that the process will be extremely painful. The Cryofacial process, when done by a professional, won’t cause any discomfort at all. Most people describe the experience as extremely relaxing and soothing, likening the sensation to having a hand fan blowing on your face on a hot summer’s day. Many Cryofacial experts have actually had clients fall asleep in the chair during the process as they were so relaxed.

There’s also absolutely no chance of freezing or damaging the skin in any way. The stream of liquid nitrogen vapour is passed over the surface of the skin in a gentle circular motion and is never left in one place long enough to cause any damage at all.

What are the long-term effects?

From the second you get out of the chair, you’ll notice a dramatic change in your skin’s appearance. Fine lines will be reduced, and your skin will look healthy, vibrant and glowing. However, when used on a regular basis, Cryofacials can have a wide range of amazing Benefits.

  • Increased elasticity of skin
  • Brightens dark spots
  • Evens skin tone
  • Treats skin problems such as acne and eczema
  • Restores Firmness and radiance
  • Lightens scars
  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines

If you need to brighten your complexion, help a facial skin condition or reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, then book your Cryofacial with us now. Click HERE to see prices and availability.

What Are The Advantages of Localised Cryotherapy?

One of the oldest tricks in the book when you have aches and pains is to put ice on it. Everyone from star athletes to high school football players knows that the cold helps reduce swelling and ease the pain. However, the application of ice can have some adverse effects, including skin damage.

Since the development of Cryotherapy, things have moved on pretty rapidly in the physiotherapy, and we can now pin point and treat the affected area without any damage. Localised Cryotherapy also treats injuries much more deeply and effectively than ice pack compression or ice bath treatments.

What can be treated with Localised Cryotherapy?

Localised Cryotherapy utilises a hand-held or portable device that transforms liquid nitrogen into cryogenic nitrogen gas, which is then focused on the desired area. The application of this below zero gas reduces nerve activity, resulting in reduced pain, swelling and inflammation.

Common ailments that Localised Cryotherapy has been proven to help are:

  • Post Surgery swelling and inflammation
  • Joint Pain
  • Arthritis
  • lower back pain and spasms
  • Tendonitis
  • Sprains

Why choose Localised Cryotherapy?

Whole body Cryotherapy, while being the best way to reduce muscle fatigue and trigger the anti-inflammatory response throughout the whole body, isn’t the best option if you have one specific problem area. For example, if you’ve just had surgery and wish to reduce the pain and swelling from that specific area, Localised Cryotherapy can target that area alone, giving much quicker and more efficient results than whole body Cryotherapy.

Because Localised Cryotherapy is extremely targeted, it means that the cryogenic nitrogen gas can be applied for longer (5 to 10 minutes), allowing the cold to penetrate deeper into the tissue. This process allows the tissues and nerves to be stimulated for longer and leads to much more effective results in a shorter time.

Both whole body and localised Cryotherapy are being developed at an outstanding rate, with the quick, long-lasting and extremely effective results grabbing the attention of physiotherapists all over the world.

At Polarbare Club, our professional and certified staff now offer Cryo Spot, a Localised Cryotherapy treatment proven to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling in targeted areas.

If you’d like to book an appointment, simply click HERE to see our pricing and availability.

Can CRYOfacials help you look younger?

Forget botox! Smooth those wrinkles and freeze your way to younger-looking skin.

In this day and age, people are always looking for ways to look younger, fresher and more beautiful. There absolutely are ways to do this, but most successful methods such as Botox and plastic surgery are invasive, expensive and can be very damaging to the skin.

That’s where CRYOfacials come in…

CRYOfacials use a non-invasive freezing technique that takes as little as 20 minutes to complete. It works by placing a small device called a ‘cryo-probe’, filled with liquid nitrogen, next to the areas of skin that are problematic. The liquid nitrogen then ‘freezes’ the nerves in these areas causing the surrounding muscles to relax and your wrinkles to drastically lessen.

Although this technique may sound a little scary, there’s absolutely nothing dangerous about this process. Your skin is never actually frozen, and most people are surprised by how gentle and relaxing the cooling process feels. Unlike Botox, CRYOfacials don’t use any toxins or chemicals, so the process is actually much more friendly and safer for your body.

When used regularly, CRYOfacials can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and smooth and tone the skin, giving a more youthful look. This innovative method can also reduce unwanted pigmentation or uneven skin tone, lighten acne scars and even help treat skin conditions such as eczema.

Unlike Botox or other anti-ageing techniques, the effects of CRYOfacials are immediate and last for up to 4 months. Celebrities such as Demi Moore and Jennifer Aniston use this new technique as a way to get red carpet ready. With all those bright lights and cameras around, these celebs use CRYOfacials to minimise blemishes, close their pores, tighten their skin and give them that million dollar glow.

At Polarbare Club we have introduced CRYOfacials to our ever-expanding list of treatments! Click HERE to book yours today!

The History of Cryotherapy

The use of cold has been used to treat ailments, pain and inflammation since before 2500 BC. One of the first recorded uses of applying cold as a medical treatment was written in the Edwin Smith Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian text. The Egyptians would use cold to treat trauma and to serve as an aid during more complex surgical treatments. There are many occasions where the use of cold was said to release pain and to treat inflammation throughout the text.

In 400 BC, the famous Greek physician would use ice and snow to release swelling and pain for his patients. The name Cryotherapy actually comes from the Greek words Cryo meaning cold and Therapeia meaning cure.

However, it wasn’t until 1845, during the works of DR. James Arnott, that the benefits of using cold as a treatment were officially noted. Arnott would use cold to treat headaches and neuralgia, and he noted the almost immediate benefits. He also created a solution of salt and crushed ice which he used to ‘freeze’ various tumours. In 1851, Arnott exhibited his solution and apparatus and the use of cold to treat pain and inflammation became widely accepted.

The complex studies and findings of Dr. James Arnott sparked the curiosity of many other physicians, and in 1977, Cailletet of France began working on an expansion system for cooling gases. After many years and the contribution of many great scientific minds, the first medical use of cooled liquid air took place in 1889. The leading doctor in this field, Campbell White, used the liquid air to treat herpes, warts, cancroid and many other adverse skin conditions. In 1907 Dr. White wrote a paper describing the great benefits spot treatment Cryotherapy had on 15 different types of skin cancer.

However, It wasn’t until 197, when Dr. Yamaguchi of Japan introduced full-body Cryotherapy. Yamaguchi used short bursts of Cryotherapy to treat rheumatoid arthritis and found that a rapid decrease of the skins surface temperature leads to a release of endorphins numbing sensitivity to pain. His research led to the production of the first even Cryotherapy chamber, used today in modern full-body Cryotherapy treatments.

This treatment quickly migrated to Europe, where the use of Whole Body Cryotherapy was used on athletes to treat chronic inflammation and pain. In 2008, Cryotherapy chambers were being used all over the United States, and have since spread all over the world.

Today, the use of Cryotherapy is widely accepted and practised in almost all 1st world countries, and there have been over 69,000 studies made on the use of Cryotherapy and the effects on the human body.

Your Cryotherapy Questions Answered!

As Cryotherapy is still widely unknown amongst the general public, it’s normal that you will have a few questions. Many people are hearing amazing things about Cryotherapy and wish to book their first treatment, but a few niggling thoughts and questions are holding them back.

Well, that’s why we’ve created this FAQ, to give you the answers to all the questions you may have.

HOW DOES WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY WORK?

Once you step into the Cryosauna, 100% safe cryogenic Nitrogen vapour will be passed over the skin. This lowers the surface skin temperature by around 30-50 degrees in under 3 minutes. This drastic change sends a signal to your brain which causes it to stimulate your body’s regulatory functions. Your central nervous system is boosted, anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins are released, the amount of blood carried in your red blood cells increases and your body purges toxins.

IS WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY SAFE?

Absolutely! Nitrogen is non-toxic and makes up 78% of the air we breathe every single day. While in the Cryosauna your head is completely outside, so you will feel free and be able to breathe the room-temperature air during the process. You will also be provided with protective gloves socks and slippers to keep your fingers and toes warm during the process.

CAN I EXERCISE  BEFORE OR AFTER WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?

Of course, it’s completely safe to exercise both before and after. In some cases, it’s actually recommended by your Cryotherapy attendant to do some light exercise after your treatment to help your skin warm up faster. Exercising before your whole body Cryotherapy treatment you will experience a quicker recovery thanks to the anti-inflammatory response, and increased energy.

HOW DO I FEEL AFTER THE CRYOSAUNA?

Every client will experience a high release of endorphins after each treatment which is a hormone that gives you energy and makes you feel happy. People suffering from inflammation or pain will feel relief almost immediately. The effects of each full body Cryotherapy will last 6-8 hours after treatment. Many clients also experience a metabolic rate increase and can be expected to burn 500-800 calories the day of their treatment.

WILL I BE ABLE TO STAND THE COLD?

During your Cryotherapy treatment, your body isn’t actually being frozen, it’s simply been given the feeling of being cold. The air passed over your skin is completely dry and safe, and will only lower the temperature of the skin’s surface. However, if at any moment you wish to step out of the Cryosauna you are free to do so and your experienced attendant will be there to help.

IS WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY THE SAME AS AN ICE BATH?

No! Ice baths can last up to 20 minutes, are extremely painful and can ultimately damage the skin. Cryotherapy is a completely dry process, so the skin is never penetrated by the cold. Cryotherapy also only lasts up to 3 minutes and the effects are much greater. Cryotherapy will actually improve your skin’s condition over time and will reduce inflammation much quicker than an ice bath.

WHO SHOULDN’T USE WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?

Although full body Cryotherapy is completely safe, as with any treatments, there are some cases where it is advisable not to undergo the process. It’s advisable not to enter a Cryosauna if you are pregnant, have severe hypertension, arrhythmia, unstable angina pectoris, recent or acute myocardial infarction, a cardiac pacemaker, cardiovascular disease, venous thrombosis, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, recent or highly acute cerebrovascular accident, uncontrollable seizures, a fever, tutor disease, severe anemia, symptomatic lung disorder, a recent infection, cold allergies, are under 18 years old without parental consent, or have an acute kidney or urinary tract disease.

What to Expect From Your First Cryotherapy Treatment

Although Cryotherapy is perfectly safe and extremely good for your health, the idea of entering a chamber at -110°C can be a little daunting. In this post, I will set your mind at ease by walking you through each step you will experience in your very first Cryotherapy treatment.

The very first step on your road to better health and faster recovery is to complete a health screening form. This will make sure there are no underlying health issues which could stop you from being able to proceed with the treatment.

After your form has quickly been assessed, you will proceed to the changing area where you will be given complimentary gloves and slippers to keep your toes and fingers protected. You should also wear a swimsuit or shorts (and sports bra for women) when using the Cryotherapy chambers.

Once you are primed and prepped for your treatment to begin, a fully certified Cryotherapy staff member will give you a rundown of all the benefits, process and safety precautions to follow during your treatment. This allows for an optimal experience and optimum results.

Your skin temperature will then be measured and you can finally proceed to step into the cooling chamber. Once inside the chamber, your assigned Cryotherapy specialist will close the door and begin the process.

There is absolutely no actual freezing involved in a Cryotherapy chamber. Cold, dry air is passed over your body which causes your skin temperature to drop between 30 and 45 degrees. This is where the magic happens, your immune and central nervous systems kick in, and your body begins the process of healing.

The feeling of the cold air moving over your body may feel unusual, but it won’t hurt at all. Unlike ice baths, Cryotherapy uses completely dry air, so it doesn’t cause pain or damage the skin.

During your time in the chamber, there will be a member of staff monitoring the whole process, and the doors of the chamber never lock, so you can step out at any time.

After 2 to 2.5 minutes your treatment will be over, and you can step out of the chamber. At this point the member of staff attending you will record your skin’s temperature again, to better assess your progress and tailor your next treatments to your body’s exact needs.

As soon as you step out of the Cryotherapy chamber your skin will feel cold to the touch and endorphins will be racing around your body by this point. After around 10-15 minutes your body will return to its normal temperature. To speed up this process some clients may be asked to do around 2-3 minutes of light cardio.

Even after you leave the studio, your body will continue to heal and rejuvenate, and you will burn around 500-800 calories throughout the day of your treatment.