Indianapolis Cryotherapy FAQ
The answer is YES..... and NO! Cryotherapy was originally developed by a Japanese doctor, Toshima Yamaguchi, in 1978, so it's been around for about 40 years. Dr. Yamaguchi used cold therapy applications on his patients to treat rheumatoid arthritis and aid in pain management. His successful use of cryotherapy led to additional research and refinement of the procedure. As a result, nitrogen cooled cryosaunas for Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) were developed and have been used for decades in Europe. More recently, technological advances have made it possible to provide cryotherapy in electrically cooled, walk-in rooms. At True Fitness, we offer the newest and most advanced electrically cooled cryochamber on the market.
Yes! Researchers in Europe have been developing and refining this procedure for many years. Please visit our BENEFITS page to view the scientific studies.
There are many benefits, some of which include: Reduction in inflammation, joint and muscle pain, increased energy and athletic performance, accelerated recovery and improved circulation. Cryotherapy can also boost metabolism, enhance mood and increase collagen production.
It doesn’t! You simply cannot achieve the same results using an ice bath. Let's face it - sitting in a tub full of ice water for 15 to 20 minutes is not a pleasant experience. During an ice bath, the cold actually penetrates into deeper skin tissue which can be damaging. Muscles lose their capacity, requiring more rest to fully recover. Typically after an ice bath, athletes are advised to wait until the next day to resume training. With cryotherapy, the recovery time is much shorter. You can resume your training right away, with the added benefits of increased energy and capability. Because cryotherapy uses only cold air, your skin is never penetrated. But this brief, intense exposure causes your skin's thermoreceptors to send a signal to the brain, which in turn, produces a central nervous system response. This "fight or flight" mechanism causes the blood to rush from the body's periphery to its core. Here, your blood is detoxified and enriched with oxygen and nutrients. After the treatment is complete and you exit the cryochamber, your body immediately senses the temperature change, signaling your brain to return this ultra-nutritious blood back out to its extremities. Your entire body is now filled with blood that's rich in oxygen, nutrients, collagen and endorphins. As this purified blood circulates through the body, it maximizes the rate at which your soft tissues and joints can heal.
The chamber reaches a temperature of -145 degrees Fahrenheit, but don't worry - your skin won't freeze, and you won't get frostbite! A typical treatment lasts anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 minutes, and if at any time you become too uncomfortable, you're free to open the door and exit the chamber.
The air in the cryochamber is very dry, and the process never freezes the skin tissues or organs. Because our cryochamber is large enough for you to move around in during the treatment, we suggest concentrating on breathing and moving throughout the session to increase tolerance.
Anyone ages 11 and over can receive cryotherapy treatments. We require parental consent for minors, and anyone under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian present during treatment.
During each session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. Many first time clients report immediately feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Cryotherapy's mood-enhancing effects can last for days after each session. To get the best results, consistency is key - because the benefits increase the more you do it!
Yes! We allow clients to do a maximum of 2 treatments per day, and if you wish, these can be done back-to-back with minimal time in between.
Both cryosaunas and cryochambers are used for cryotherapy treatments. In a cryosauna, your lower body is exposed to the cold temperatures while your head remains above the cylinder-shaped machine. Cryochambers are walk-in rooms that expose your entire body to the healing effects of cold therapy. Another difference between the two is the method used for cooling. Cryosaunas use liquid nitrogen, while cryochambers can be cooled using either electricity or liquid air. Research has shown that greater results can be achieved by exposing the entire body during the treatment. CLICK HERE TO READ THE STUDY Because cryosaunas use liquid nitrogen that's blown into the treatment area in gaseous form, your head must be kept above the machine. Inhaling nitrogen gas is dangerous; therefore, a cryosauna can never provide a full body cryotherapy treatment.
Absolutely! If you work out before your session, you can expect greater recovery due to inflammation reduction. If you work out after, you can expect a higher pain tolerance, more energy and greater flexibility.
Yes. Our chamber is larger than the typical nitrogen cooled cryosaunas, and because of this, you have plenty of space to move around in the room. The door does not lock, so if at any time you feel uneasy, simply open the door and step out of the chamber.
Cryotherapy's benefits are derived from the skin temperature drop that's achieved during the treatment; therefore, to get the most effective results, you should expose as much skin to the cold temperatures as possible. For men, we recommend lightweight shorts, and for women, we suggest lightweight shorts and a sports bra to expose the core. Bikinis can also be worn if you wish. We do require everyone to wear protective items, such as socks and slippers, gloves and headware. You can bring your own, or we can provide these items for a small rental fee. Slippers and masks are always available for use, free of charge. Click here to see our rental policy.
Cryotherapy is designed to rapidly cool the skin. This triggers the body to pull blood from its extremities to protect your core temperature. The vessels around this area then constrict, holding the blood in your core. Wearing protective clothing ensures that you are comfortable and your extremities are kept safe during the treatment.
Yes, because we think cryotherapy is better together! Our cryochamber is large enough for 2 people, and we encourage our clients to bring their spouses, friends and relatives or anyone else they would like. We even offer a discount for two! Click here to see our BETTER TOGETHER SPECIAL.
Yes, it is very safe! Frostbite is only a concern if you stay in the chamber past the maximum allowed exposure time, or if you are wearing wet clothing during the treatment. We take your safety very seriously. Our CryoTeam will never leave you unattended during your session, and we always verify that the garments you're wearing are dry.
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy: Pregnancy, Heart Attack, Heart Bypass or Valvular Disease within the previous 6 months, Pacemaker, Congestive Heart Failure, COPD, Intrathecal Pain Pump or electro stimulation implant device, Chronic or Acute Kidney conditions, history of Seizure Disorders, Cold Allergy (being allergic to cold), Blood Disorders (such as hemophilia), major circulatory dysfunction (such as Deep Vein Thrombosis), Raynaud’s Syndrome, and uncovered open wounds.