Bend Cryo and Recovery

Bend Cryo and Recovery

When did WBC begin?

Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) originated in Japan in 1978 for rheumatoid arthritis. This therapy expanded into Poland by scientists who began using it as a physical therapy tool. These scientists realized that not only was WBC an effective method for rheumatoid arthritis, many other areas of the body responded to this therapy with positive results.

What happens during a therapy session?

The patient enters the cryochamber as the nitrogen gas fills and cools the chamber to approximately -250 fahrenheit. Over a period of 3 minutes the patient’s skin surface is lowered approximately 30-40 degrees. This sudden drop in temperature triggers the body’s survival mechanisms. As a result, there is a release of endorphins as well as a rapid circulation of oxygen rich blood throughout the body. Capillaries will expand up to four times their natural diameter, which enables your white blood cells to access and heal your injuries up to five times faster.

Are there any age restrictions?

Yes. No one under the age of 16 will be allowed a session. If your age is 16-18, we require parental consent.

What do I wear?

Please remove any body piercings that are located below your neck prior to the cryo session. Clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of wool socks and mittens. You will be provided mittens and booties to protect your extremities and a robe for getting in and out of the chamber. We suggest men wear swim briefs/speedos (we can provide these for you if needed), women wear non wired sports bra and athletic shorts or a two piece swimsuit. Modesty is preserved at all times as only your face and hands are visible to the technician.

Is nitrogen dangerous to humans?

No. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 78% nitrogen.

Can I have multiple treatments in one day?

No. For safety reasons we limit cryo treatments to once per day. We do allow multiply treatments for the compression boots and sauna over the course of one day although we do ask clients to make separate reservations for these treatments.

Should I work out before or after a treatment?

Both are completely safe. Receiving therapy before working out will enhance your energy and endurance, promoting muscle recovery and rejuvenation. We recommend light exercise after your cryo sessions. This will assist in stabilizing your body's temperature, promote vasodilation and extend the period of analgesia.

Who should not use cryotherapy?

The following are contraindications for WBC:

  • Pregnancy
  • Untreated hypertension (BP 180/100)
  • Heart attack within previous 6 months
  • Congestive heart failure
  • COPD
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Tumor diseases
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Unstable angina pectoris
  • Pacemaker
  • Deep vein thrombosis or known circulatory dysfunctions
  • Acute febrile respiratory conditions
  • Acute kidney and urinary tract infections
  • Severe anemia
  • Seizure disorders
  • Open sores
  • Raynaud’s disease
  • Vasculitis
  • Hyperhidrosis or uncontrolled diabetes

What are the risks?

Whole body cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has very small risks. A small increase in blood pressure up to 10 points systolically can be expected but does not happen to all clients. The rise in blood pressure quickly returns to normal after the treatment. Allergic reactions to extreme cold are very rare but may happen.

*the whole body chryotherapy sauna is not considered a regulated medical device by the FDA.

What does a full recovery session like?

You will be greeted and welcomed by a staff member who will check you in. You will be issued a robe, wool socks, and wool mittens - men have the option of being issued a swim brief if needed. The staff member will guide you to the cryo room where you will be allowed to change in privacy. At the conclusion of your cryo session (which lasts no more than three minutes) you will be allowed the chance to change into comfortable athletic clothing/swimwear in preparation for your compression and sauna treatments. You will also have the option of remaining in your swimwear and robe if you prefer. You will be guided to the recovery lounge and issued a pair of compression boots. You will also be provided your choice of a warm beverage (coffee or tea) and a blanket while you are going through your compression boot treatment. At the conclusion of your compression therapy you will be guided to the infrared sauna where you be provided a towel to sit on and a place to hang your robe. We’ll also provide you with water during your session. At the conclusion of your session you will be given time to change back into your clothes and we will check you out of your session.

How long are the treatments?

A full recovery session lasts one and fifteen minutes. It consists of a fifteen minute cryo therapy session, a thirty minute session with compression boots, and a thirty minute session in the infrared sauna.

Do I have to do each of the treatments?

You are not required to do anything beyond the 15 minute cryo session, however there is no price reduction for just a cryo treatment session. The price covers all three whether you use the compression boots and sauna or not. We do have non-cryo recovery memberships and ala carte appointments for those who only wish to do one type of treatment.

Do you accept walk-ins?

While we prefer you make an appointment we do offer walk-in appointments on a space available basis. We will do our best to accommodate your request when you walk-in but please remember that our space is limited and we wish to give each client a personal experience when they choose to utilize our services.