We are here to answer the many possible questions about these amazing techniques.
Why won't I get frostbite from cryo?
The liquid nitrogen is a dry cold and the session only lasts 3 mins max. It affects the thermoreceptors on the skin. Along with this, the client protects their extremities with socks, slippers and gloves. Additionally, the ears and nose do not get cold as they are not in the chamber.
Is red infrared light bad for your eyes?
Red light therapy is a safe, natural, and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including your eyes. It has been shown to not have any negative effects as found here, with a reversal of age-related eye disorders such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. You should not stare at a bright red light for an extended period, however, while doing so won’t cause permanent damage, it may cause some temporary colour phasing.
How long does it take to see results?
That depends upon a lots of factors like condition treated etc. For cryo, anywhere from 1-5 sessions, and, for red light therapy anywhere from 1 to 10 sessions. Research has shown that red light therapy has a cumulative effect, so, best results may be seen with two weeks straight followed by once a week maintenance.
Does cryotherapy boost your immune system?
Cryotherapy can help aid in the hyper-production of blood components that circulate the body.
Do these therapies reduce cellulite?
Light therapy penetrates into the skin to stimulate the mitochondria to produce ATP (energy), this results in increased elasticity of the skin. Cryotherapy reduces fat deposits as fat cells are extremely intolerant to cold.
Should I use these therapies directly after I work out?
Light therapy can and should be used after a workout as the light stimulates the mitochondria in the cells to become more efficient at producing ATP thus doing their intending roles. Cryotherapy should not be used until at least 1-2 hours after a workout. First, you still might sweating from your workout (which is bad for freezing), and, secondly, working out causes an inflammatory response in the muscles which is necessary for muscle repair. Cryotherapy also causes a similar but different cascade as norepinephrine is released. This causes a double negative feedback loop that would inhibit gains of muscle.
Are there any side effects to red light infrared therapy?
The combo of red light and infrared light therapy has been shown extensively in multiple studies to show no side effects. This is why it has been touted as such a great natural way of healing from the inside out. There may though be some temporary redness as a result of the mechanism of action but that subsides rather quickly.