Cryotherapy is the medical process of using cold temperatures to treat pain, inflammation, swelling, and injury. Cryotherapy is not new; people have used ice packs and ice baths (also forms of cryotherapy) for years.
At Mile High Cryotherapy we practice whole body cryotherapy, where patients enter a cryosauna with an aperature at the top, exposing them to sub-freezing temperatures for 2-3 minutes. This treatment is often preferred to ice packs and ice baths because its quicker, more comfortable, and affects the whole body.
Additionally, cryotherapy produces other positive benefits such as increased energy, short-term elevated metabolism, and skin purification.
How Does the Cryosauna Work?
Within the cryosauna liquid nitrogen is used to cool air to between -184°F and -292°F with the goal of cooling your body’s skin temperature for a small duration of 2-3 minutes. This triggers natural healing reactions within your body including endorphin release, anti-inflammatory responses, elevated metabolic rate, increased biochemical activity and boosted immune function.
At Mile High Cryotherapy your initial visit will include completing a brief health history and having your blood pressure taken to rule out certain pre-existing conditions that may prevent you from using cryotherapy. Once this is complete you will be brought to our private changing area. Here, you will remove any jewelry and will be provided with a robe, dry socks, slippers and gloves to change into.
Once you are ready, you will enter the cryosauna, derobe, and begin your session. You will stand throughout the entire treatment which will last between 2 ½ and 3 minutes. During this time only your head will be visible to the technician.
Once the session is completed, your robe will be handed back to you and you can exit the chamber. At this time you will return to the changing area and get back into your regular clothes. Best of all you will immediately begin feeling refreshed, energized and able to move with less pain!
Is it painful?
No. Though the temperature in the chamber is very cold, the procedure is brief and not uncomfortable like an ice bath. This one of many reasons why cryosaunas are so popular. Clients are able to stand relaxed within our cryosauna and easily carry on a conversation.
Is it safe?
Yes. Though becoming more popular over the past decade, cryochambers have been used for over 30 years. They were originally created to help treat multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. By screening for a handful of pre-existing conditions and making sure all clothing is completely dry the treatments are extremely safe.
Special gloves and slippers will be provided to protect fingers and toes against frostbite.
What should I wear?
Feel free to wear whatever you like. We will supply everything that you need - gloves, socks, slippers and a robe to wear. Once inside the cryosauna, you will remove your robe but only your face will be visible; the remainder of your body will be concealed. After the treatment you will put your robe on once again and change privately back into your clothes.
How long does a visit last?
At your initial visit please allow approximately 15 minutes for paperwork, blood pressure testing, and the treatment itself. Subsequent visits will only take about 5 minutes.
Do I need to anything special after my session? Rest?
Nope. Your body will instantly warm back up after your treatment and you will feel amazing as you go about the remainder of your day.
How often should I come?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to that question. Ultimately you will decide how much cryotherapy you want in accordance with your goals, lifestyle. and conditions. Some will be seen on an as needed basis though most prefer some form of ongoing treatment. Rest assured you will never be pressured to adhere to any specific plan.