What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
With whole body cryotherapy (WBC) the body is exposed to low temperatures (-166 to -202F). The client stands in a cryosauna for a short duration, ~ 3 minutes, which lowers the client’s skin surface temperature significantly. This short time exposure triggers a systemic anti-inflammatory response, increases oxygen in the blood, release of toxins and endorphins.
What do you wear during the treatment?
Clients are provided robe, slippers, socks, and gloves. The robe will be removed once the client has entered the cryosauna. For women, underwear and bra are optional. For men, shorts must be worn.
What to expect on your first visit?
Clients will be asked to fill out some paperwork. Then the client will be shown to a dressing room where they will change into the provided robe, socks, slippers and gloves. The client can leave their personal possessions in the locked dressing room. The client will then proceed to the cryosauna. Once in the cryosauna the client removes the robe. The session lasts about 3 minutes. A staff member is with the client right outside the cryosauna during the session. The client will put back on the robe and be escorted back to their dressing room.
Who should not try whole body cryotherapy?
Children under the age of 14. Children under the age of 19 require parental consent to treatment. People who are pregnant or have the following:
Untreated severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100), arrhythmia, cardiac pacemaker, prior heart attack, unstable chest pain, disease of blood vessels, history of blood clots, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, Raynaud’s Syndrome, cold allergy, open sores, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, symptomatic lung disorders, infection, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, uncontrolled seizures, or nerve pain in feet or legs. For other conditions, consult your doctor or medical advisor before using cryotherapy.
Is whole body cryotherapy safe?
Yes. The gas used to chill the cryosauna is dry nitrogen gas. The client’s head is outside of the cryosauna so the client is breathing room-air. Problems arise if the client is wet or has on wet clothing.
Cryotherapy North Alabama provides dry socks, slippers, gloves and robes. Men must wear dry work-out shorts or underwear.
Does your favorite sports team use whole body cryotherapy?
More sports teams are using whole body cryotherapy. Here a just a few:
Miami Marlins, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, San Antonia Spurs, Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Saints, Boston Red Sox
British open John Spieth uses whole body cryotherapy.
Our founder, Joan Funk, enjoyed the benefits of whole body cryotherapy, but had to drive from Huntsville to Birmingham to do so. The treatments gave her such relief she decided to bring cryotherapy to North Alabama herself. Cryotherapy Birmingham was a great resource to Joan as she began her dream of opening Cryotherapy North Alabama. The location has been open since Fall of 2015.
Joan is also very involved in the Huntsville community as an artist and animal lover. She is an active member of the Huntsville Art League and a volunteer with Friends of Rescue. The art and images you might find in our clinic show the great beauty found in the local art and animal community.
Disclaimer: Cold therapy products and equipment have not been tested or approved by the FDA or any other government agencies for the treatment of any illness or disease. Use at your own risk.