What should I expect?

Prior to Entering the TITAN™ CryoCabin, be completely DRY. Once in the CryoCabin you will disrobe and wear DRY socks/shoes, gloves, and undergarments.

Stand in the TITAN™ CryoCabin for up to 3 minutes while the body is enveloped by hyper-cooled air at -220ºF (-140ºC).

The cryo-technician will elevate the electronic lift so that your shoulders are even with the top of the unit.

During this session the cold air penetrates just 0.5mm into the skin, causing the skin’s surface to cool to 30ºF.

The timer goes off and automatically lowers the lift to allow you to exit.

What do I wear during my session?

Our office will provide clean socks, gloves, robes, and appropriate shoes.

Men and women may wear underwear, shorts, bra/bathing suits while in the unit.

How often should I get whole body cryotherapy?

No more than two times a day if you are in heavy training or rehab. Otherwise, a consistent regiment of two or three times a week is generally adequate for most people. For optimal benefits, Dr. Zimmerman highly recommends completing 10-15 sessions over a 30 day period to maximize the benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy.

Can I wear metal or jewelry?

No. All objects must be removed including watches, rings, chains, bracelets, earrings, etc.

I’m pregnant, can I use whole body cryotherapy?

Whole body cryotherapy should not be used while pregnant.

Can whole body cryotherapy help accelerate injury recovery?

Absolutely. Depending on the severity of your injury, recovery times will vary, but most assuredly will be improved. We welcome the opportunity to assist and document your case.

I’m still in high school, can I do cryotherapy?

Yes, with parental consent. If you are under the age of 18 years, your parent or guardian must come with you!  We are excited to help athletes in West Des Moines and the Des Moines Metro, be their best. 

What are the risks associated with Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Fluctuations in blood pressure (due to peripheral vasoconstriction, systolic blood pressure may briefly increase by up to 10 points during session. This effect should reverse after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) etc. due to stimulation of the immune system.

What are the contraindications of Whole Body Cryotherapy?

**** DO NOT USE IF YOU ARE PREGNANT ~ OR HAVE … ****

hypothyroidism; narrowing of valves; crescent-shaped aorta and mitral valve; chronic disease of the respiratory system; severe hypertension (blood pressure > 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction (heart attack; need to be cleared for exercise), arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident (stroke; must be cleared for exercise), uncontrolled seizures, fever, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, infection, claustrophobia, intolerance to cold, age less than 18 years (parental consent to session needed), incontinence.

What Does Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) Mean?

The word ”Cryotherapy” stems from the Greek words: “cryo” or cold, and ”therapeia” or cure.  Hence, whole body cryotherapy (WBC) is being studied as a curative and overall beneficial treatment involving skin exposure to extremely low temperatures (below -130oC/ below -266oF). Since the cooling process affects no more than 5% of the body (i.e. the parts that safely endure the variations of temperature), the treatment generally is comfortably endured.