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.