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.