Mandatory Safety Instructions for Whole Body Cryotherapy
- You must wear cotton or wool socks (and underwear for men) to minimize the potential of chilblain and other potential injuries from overexposure to cold temperatures;
- Sessions are limited to 3 minutes per session to minimize the potential for such adverse effects from overexposure to cold temperatures;
- During the session, you must ensure that your head remains above the level of, and avoid inhaling, gasiform air (the cloudy gas circulating in the cryochamber); while non-toxic, it is devoid of oxygen and may cause shortness of breath, fainting, or other conditions;
- You must immediately notify the attendant and end the session if you at any time experience any physical or mental discomfort, problems, pain or anxiety;
- Abnormal skin sensitivity to cold may be caused by certain foods, cosmetics, lotions, piercings, or medication, including but not limited to, tranquilizers and high blood pressure medication – do not use WBC if you have reason to believe you have come in contact with or ingested any such product;
- A person who is less than (18) years of age may not use whole body cryotherapy without written parental consent;
- A person who is less than (14) years of age may not use whole body cryotherapy.
Whole Body Cryotherapy Contraindications
Do not use whole body cryotherapy if you have or may have any of the following conditions: Pregnancy, Stage 2 Hypertension (BP> 160/100) according to American Heart Association, 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 session needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases. If you have any other injury, illness or medical condition, you should consult your physician prior to using cryotherapy.
Risks of whole body cryotherapy include, but are not limited to: fluctuations in blood pressure (due to peripheral vasoconstriction, systolic blood pressure may briefly increase by up to 10 points during the session. This effect should reverse after the end of the session, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), One primary inherent risk of cryotherapy is skin sensitivity and skin irritation. It is impossible to predict how client’s skin will react during or after cryotherapy.
Spot Cryotherapy Contraindications
Do not use Spot Cryotherapy if you have or may have any of the following conditions: Cryoglobulnemia, Cold hemaggulation or cold hemolysis, cold-induced itching, impaired arterial blood flow as from stage II, Raynaud’s Disease, severe sensory disorders, trophic disorders, hypersensitivity to cold. If you have any other injury, illness or medical condition, you should consult your physician prior to using spot cryotherapy.