Do any research on cryotherapy and you’ll find plenty of differing opinions on the safety and dangers of the treatment. We can’t speak for the other guys, but at CryoUSA, we take safety seriously. To help you do the same for your clients, we’ve outlined a few steps to take, and we would be happy to help you in this area.
Don’t worry! Here are 6 ways to keep your clients safe while using whole body cryotherapy:
- Educate your clients. Preparing your clients to stay safe while using cryotherapy should be your first priority. Generally, a client’s first appointment should take anywhere between 15-20 minutes so you can fully educate them on the process and answer any questions they may have. Ensure that your clients are only wearing socks, slippers, and gloves (men should also wear briefs). No jewelry or metal should be worn below the neck. Note that some healthy individuals may experience allergic reactions, skin irritations, redness, or burns, so educate your clients on these possibilities as well as possible solutions.
- Monitor your clients. This should go without saying, but never leave a client alone while the session is going. In addition to supervising them, pay attention to your clients. If they become lightheaded, stop the unit. If they seem nervous or begin breathing too heavily, these could be signs that their heart rate is speeding up to a dangerous level. This could present problems depending on existing issues. It’s okay to ask how they feel too many times; it’s better than not asking enough and missing signs of danger.
- Don’t be afraid to say no. Individuals with certain health conditions including hypertension, heart disease, seizures, anemia, pregnancy, and claustrophobia, should not use cryotherapy. Remember, you know more about cryotherapy than a potential client; if an individual suffering from these conditions attempts to use your treatments anyway, don’t be afraid to turn them away to benefit their safety.
- Don’t allow sessions to go longer than necessary. 2-3 minutes is the perfect amount of time for a cryotherapy session — and no longer. Never let a client talk you into allowing them to stay in the cryochamber longer; it’s not necessary and could increase risks.
- Use an oxygen monitor. This will continuously measure the amount of oxygen in the room and will alert you if the oxygen falls below a safe level. You can then assist patients in evacuating quickly so as to eliminate risks.
- Use Cryosense. Cryosense is our exclusive whole body cryotherapy unit, and it incorporates a continuous dry cycle, making it the only unit in the world that can run continuously without a break while maintaining the safety of full evaporation versus direct spray. This eliminates 20+ hours of monthly down time, and also makes Cryosense the safest cryochamber on the market. Cryosense even has a built-in oxygen sensor and optional nitrogen safety collar, so you can focus less on your unit and more on your client.
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