By Jason Skeens
The results that clients report from participating in Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) are consistently positive. Word of mouth advertising is increasing demand for this technology all over the country with centers rapidly appearing in leading cities. However, with its increased popularity comes the question of its safety.
Being submersed in minus 200 degrees below zero half naked seems like something only crazy people would do. One’s mind thinks of Jack Nicholson’s character at the end of the Shining! “Won’t it freeze my skin?” “Won’t I get hypothermia?” “How can it possibly be safe?” These are the questions asked by those who are having apprehensions about WBC. I’m happy to alleviate some of these concerns. To this end, maintaining our clients’ safety is our top priority which necessitates standards and safeguards.
The first safeguard is a time limit. Every session is limited to three minutes. In fact, the Cryotherapy unit at Durango Cryotherapy is not programmed to extend beyond this. This brief exposure temporarily lowers the top few millimeters of the body’s exposed surfaces to approximately 34 degrees Fahrenheit. The presence of liquid, recently applied lotions or creams, metal jewelry on the body –not time in this case– is the greatest risk factor for skin freezing. Therefore, the client must dry off and remove all jewelry on the body. (By the way, this is one of the imperatives for having an excellent Cryotherapy session which you can read more about here: Three Imperatives For An Awesome Instead Of Awful Cryotherapy Session).
The second safeguard is time increments. The unit at Durango Cryotherapy divides the session into thirty-second blocks. At the end of each interval, the operator must press a button or the unit will immediately shut down. The session will continue once the client gives a verbal response. These increments guarantee discussion of any potential discomfort and demand the operator remains mentally engaged. The session will pause with a simple press of a button if any problems are detected.
Finally, nitrogen vapors are non-toxic but displace some oxygen. For this reason, every client will have their head above the opening of the chamber with their chin lifted as it mitigates inhaling vapors. There is also a monitor near the unit that will sound an alert if the oxygen levels in the room drop too low. The session will pause if the client reports lightheadedness or dizziness.
It goes without saying that every Cryotherapy operator at our center is trained and certified to provide sessions. Every operator also adheres to the same safeguards and standards. There is no winging it here. We have a system that works, and we stick to it. At the end of the session, you’ll leave feeling great and not like Jack Nicholson’s character at the end of the Shining!
Find out more about Whole Body Cryotherapy and its benefits at durangocryo.com
(Note: At Durango Cryotherapy, we use a cryosauna manufactured by Impact Cryotherapy. Impact Cryotherapy manufactures whole body cryosaunas in the U.S. in ISO 9001 certified facilities. The Impact Cryosauna has been evaluated by the FDA under the 513(g) process. The FDA has concluded the Impact Cryosauna is not a medical device. Products manufactured or produced by Impact Cryotherapy are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or chronic illness. – See more at: impactcryo.com.)