1) Who developed this technology?   
Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time. 
 
2) When was whole body cryotherapy developed?   
Whole body cryotherapy has been used in Europe and Japan for more than three decades. Multiple research studies have been published in medical journals about the effects of whole body cryotherapy, and in many European countries the treatments are covered by medical insurance policies.  In the United States, whole body cryotherapy is considered a non-medical wellness modality, and health insurances do not offer reimbursements for the service.
 
4) Is it safe?
YES.  CoastCryo Health currently features the single person whole body walk-in chambers in the United States. Our systems do not use liquid nitrogen. They are safer and are the most clinically studied products in the world. Whole body cold air emersion with exposure of the head, neck, face, and arms is critical to facilitate a uniform drop in skin temperature, and necessary to stimulate the brain’s reaction to cooling the skin. Thus for true whole body treatment effect, there must be whole body exposure with the cooling device. Our products are all electrical, using a vortex cooling system technology which utilizes non-hazardous refrigerants to cool ambient outside air for chamber and device delivery. The technology is proprietary and involves extremely complex and sophisticated engineering
 
5) Is it comfortable?
Before entering the Cryosauna, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks, cotton underwear (for men), and gloves. If you are using the walk-in chamber, you will also be provided with a cotton band to cover your ears and a disposable mask to cover your mouth.  A session is  of short duration (2-3 minutes), and the cold is 'dry', so it is very tolerable.  Towards the end of the session, you may get a 'pins and needles' sensation, which disappears immediately after the treatment.  
 
6) How do I feel after the treatment?  
During each session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The mood-enhancing effects from each session can last for days.
 
7) How many treatments should I do?
Depending on the condition of treatment, you should initially take 5 – 10 treatments in close succession (separated by 1-2 days --- e.g. 3x/week) to maximize your results. After that you can take fewer treatment spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results (e.g. once every week or two weeks).  
 
8) Can I catch a cold because of this procedure?
No. The immediate cold impact of the cryosession will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time. The stimulation of the immune system can help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.
 
9) I am claustrophobic. May I use WBC?
Yes, you may. The Cryosauna door is held by a magnet and never locked.  You may step out at any time. The Cryosauna is open to the top and your head is raised above the level of the upper rim of the cabin.  The doors of the Walk-in Cryochamber are also never locked and clients may enter and exit at their own discretion.  Clients who suffer from claustrophobia report that they are comfortable in both devices.  
 
10) Do I have to take a shower before or after?
No, you don't. This procedure is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet.  
 
11) Who should not use whole body cryotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 160/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases. 
 
12) What are the risks of whole body cryotherapy?
Whole body Cryothherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, redness, and skin burns (only if exposed to low temperatures longer than recommended).

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