The benefits of whole body cryotherapy are well known, ranging from memory improvement, muscle pain relief, weight loss and the prevention of cancer. However, there have been worrying news of people being injured while undergoing this procedure.
Whether the claims are true or false, the bottom line is that, like any other medical procedure, whole body cryotherapy can have adverse effects when not done properly.
Here are a few things that show that this form of cryotherapy is a safe procedure.
- State-of-the-art Equipment with Safety Features
Few medical procedures come close to the technological advancements that are employed in cryotherapy. The cryotherapy chamber is a technological marvel that features numerous safety components to offer clients a safe cryotherapy session.
The chamber has sensors that assess the oxygen levels present when the sessions are ongoing. The sensors activate an automatic shutdown of the procedure in the rare instance that oxygen levels are detected to fall below safety limits.
Inside the chambers are alarms that a client can press if he/she experiences any discomfort while the procedure is ongoing. Additionally, the cryotherapy chamber has video surveillance that helps professionals to monitor the procedure.
- A Short Session
Whole body cryotherapy involves exposing the body to extremely low temperatures. So, it is expected that the prolonged stay in the chamber can have adverse effects on the body. There have been instances where people have experienced frostbite after spending longer periods than necessary in the chamber.
The industry standard is that a session should not last more than three minutes. A shorter time is needed in people who are not in prime physical conditions. While the urge to set a record might come up, it is advisable to spend a maximum of three minutes per session.
- Entering into a cryotherapy chamber with wet clothing is a big mistake. Upon freezing, the moisture in the wet clothes is a common cause of frostbite.
- People with certain health issues are warned against the procedure. These include those with hypertension, anaemia, heart conditions, claustrophobia, pregnant women and children. Most experts agree that the extreme conditions of a cryotherapy chamber can have detrimental effects on their health.
Professionalism ultimately determines the safety of a cryotherapy session in the facility in which it is conducted and the knowledge of the staff. You could have the best cryotherapy chamber in the market, but the absence of knowledge can lead you to get injured or, in the worst case scenario, death.