Is Cryotherapy Safe?

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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.)

Our Cryo-Warrior Project

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Most of us don’t ask for a demanding and stressful life; however, military, law enforcement, firefighters, and other emergency response personnel have chosen paths that place demands on the body and mind that far exceed other professions.  Saying thank you is important.  However, we can all find ways to go beyond this.  Therefore, at Durango Cryotherapy, we are offering a deep discount to those who have dedicated themselves to protecting us.  We call this extraordinary price reduction the Cryo-Warrior Project.

A single session costs $60 at our center.  This price is very competitive.  But for those who qualify for the Cryo-Warrior Project they can average $30 a session when they buy a ten pack for $300!  As far as I know, this is the most affordable Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) package on the market!

As an Active Army veteran and paratrooper who held his body together with painkillers for years.  I can personally attest to the incredible benefits of WBC.  We have been very pleased with the results our clients are receiving and are anxious to spread these benefits to those who need it most while also decreasing the financial burden that often comes with frequent and consistent WBC sessions.

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.)

Three Imperatives For An Awesome (Instead Of An Awful) Cryotherapy Session

By: Jason Skeens
The anticipation of your first cryotherapy session is likely to inspire some anxiety. If not, then you probably take ice baths or jump into frozen lakes for fun. On the other hand, if you’re a typical homo sapien then some apprehension is to be expected. After all, you are submersing yourself in sub-zero temperature while half naked.  Cryotherapy is no joke. Your first session is going to be a challenge, but you’ll be glad you did it. You’ll also find out that it’s not nearly as difficult as you anticipated. However, there are three imperatives you must heed to have an awesome instead of an awful experience.

First off, a warning. I’m a 12702359_sformer Army paratrooper and non-commissioned officer. I happen to be a seminary graduate and aspiring minister, but that doesn’t mean I’m all sunshine and rainbows. I will not hesitate to implement corrective training in the form of the front leaning rest i.e. the pushup if you decide to ignore my directions. Suck it up; it’s for your good. However, I’ll make you towel off afterward so you’re not violating the first imperative.

The first imperative is you must be dry! Please don’t show up soaking wet. Damp hair is acceptable but no moisture on your body. Also, please refrain from using lotion on your skin thirty minutes before the session. I will give you a towel to dry off, but if you’re sweating profusely, I will send you home. Why am I so strict on this? If your skin is wet, then it’s going to freeze immediately in the chamber. You’ve been warned! The next imperative is just as important.

No metal on your body! Remove all piercings and jewelry on your body. Finger rings and toe rings are acceptable since they are covered by gloves and dive shoes respectively. Earrings are fine too since your head is above the chamber. But if you decide to enter the Cryotherapy unit with jewelry or piercings on your body then be prepared for them to freeze to your skin. We will provide some athletic tape to cover your body piercings if you have trouble taking them out. Again, you’ve been warned!

Finally, if you don’t follow this last imperative, then you are guaranteed to have an awful experience in the chamber and throughout the rest of your day. You must hydrate! Not soda, alcoholic beverages, or coffee. Drink water! Lots of water! You should need to urinate when you arrive for your session. (Yes, I’ll let you use the bathroom. I’m not that mean!) Moreover, your urine should be almost clear. If it looks like Tang, then you’re in trouble! Cryotherapy is short but has a tremendous impact on your body that is similar to a high-intensity training session. For the CrossFit folks think of your cryotherapy session as a “cryo wod.” You will be dizzy and have a nasty headache if you don’t hydrate. I’ll also most likely have to terminate the session since you’ll start to feel sick. Don’t do that to yourself. Drink water!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this informative and somewhat belittling post. Please understand that the tough love is for your good. I want you to have an awesome instead of awful session. In case you’re wondering, I’m not going to make you do pushups if you violate the rules. However, I will advise you knock out a hundred on your own time.

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.)

The Importance of Cryotherapy At Higher Altitudes

By Dr. John PartenopeAerobic Power

Everybody has their reason(s) for trying and/or continuing #Cryotherapy…besides it looks and sounds totally futuristic and awesome! In areas with higher altitudes like Durango, I believe it’s more of a necessity than choice for us active boys & girls at any fitness level.

What are YOU doing to compensate for our higher elevation that produces wider spaced oxygen molecules to breathe? Stop cheating your body out of nutrient dense & oxygen rich blood and step into a “whole new world” (Shout out to Aladdin & Peabo Bryson) via our Cryo-Chamber and your Pulmonary Circulatory System.

“Getting use to” your higher altitude workouts is in reality robbing your body of quicker recovery times and NOT maximizing your results from your physical fitness program/routine!(unless your fitness “routine” is Guitar Hero because our cryo- gloves will hamper your guitar playing…But I welcome ALL challengers.)

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.)