Cryotherapy seems to be sweeping the nation. What once started as a crazy Hollywood fad, is now turning into a common procedure to keep skin looking healthy, stress levels to decrease and back pain to disappear.
In this FOX news segment, we cover the controversy of safety concerns that seem to follow cryotherapy.
What is Cryotherapy?
If this is your first time hearing about cryotherapy then you’re in for a surprise. By definition, cryotherapy is the use of extreme cold in surgery or other medical treatment.
However, what most people think of when they hear “Cryotherapy” is a process where people step into a cryo-chamber, which is when a person stands in a cylindrical chamber, as cold air chilled by liquid nitrogen brings the temperature to as low as minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
People use this treatment to have a wide variety of symptoms treated, which include, but are not limited to:
- Lower Back Pain
- Knee Pain
- High Blood pressure
- Poor skin
Cryotherapy is an effective alternative to many people because the sessions are relatively inexpensive and the treatments are extremely short.
If you’re using cryotherapy to burn calories you can burn 800 calories in less than 10 minutes. That’s the same as jogging for 2 hours!
If you’re using cryotherapy for better skin then you can achieve this without any injections or creams.
If you are using cryotherapy for decreased anxiety then you can achieve this without any prescriptions.
It’s obvious that cryotherapy is an outstanding alternative to many current treatments, but is the procedure safe?
Is Cryotherapy Safe?
We mentioned before that you are in an enclosed area with, your head exposed, and cold air is blown on your skin. It seems like there may be some safety concerns. However, if used properly, cryotherapy is extremely safe and the benefits seem to outweigh the risks.
The main concern that people have is…will those temperatures cause a risk to my safety.
When you undergo cryotherapy you are only allowed in the chamber for a few minutes and the machine is actually on a timer. This is to ensure that there are no safety risks that may appear when you’re exposed to those temperatures for too long.
Even if you don’t step out of the machine it will shut off in the proper amount of time. Also At the York Medical Spa, we always have a staff member watching to make sure everyone is safe.
The next safety concern and one that many people don’t consider is…will the nitrogen cause a health concern?
The cryo-chamber is designed so that your head is always exposed. If a person inhales too much nitrogen then the person can pass out. However, the way the chamber is designed prevents any risk of ever breathing in harmful amounts of nitrogen.
York Medical Spa
Cryotherapy has actually been around for three decades. It wasn’t until the past few years that people in the United Stated began adopting this treatment. Out of all the people that take advantage of cryotherapy, there have been very few negative side effects. Every problem is due to mismanagement or incorrect use of the cryo-chamber.
At the York Medical Spa, your safety is our biggest concern. We want to make sure that you have a safe and pleasant experience every time you step into our medical spa.
Also, did you know that we’re the ONLY cryotherapists in York County? Call today to schedule your consultation!