WHAT IS THE TEMPERATURE IN A CRYOTHERAPY CHAMBER?
How cold does it get? What is the temperature in a cryotherapy chamber? Cryotherapy is the coldest therapy you can do on the planet, even colder than a frozen lake. Ice baths and frozen lakes only reach to 32°F. The temperature in a cryotherapy chamber is -230°F in nitrogen chambers and -160°F in electric chambers. People who use cold therapy to reduce inflammation or improve their wellness often want the coldest temperature they can find.
Is A Temperature of -230°F Safe for Cryotherapy?
Is the temperature in cryotherapy too cold to be safe? Some people compare the temperature in a cryotherapy chamber to ice baths, but they are very different. Ice baths feel much colder because of the water surrounding the skin. Water transfers heat by conduction that removes body heat faster than any other method. Cryotherapy uses cold air and transfers heat by convection, or moving air, that does not feel as cold. But an ice bath can only reduce body temperature to a limit. Cryotherapy can reduce body temperature safely and more efficiently than ice water.¹
What Chamber Is The Coldest?
When buying a cryotherapy chamber the temperature is the most important thing. The coldest chamber available is the XR by Cryo Innovations at -230°F. The XR uses a patented system that transfers liquid nitrogen into gaseous nitrogen (e.g., fog) without losing any temperature at all. This makes for an efficient use of nitrogen. Many chambers use 10-11 liters of nitrogen for each cryo session. The XR uses only 4, and even less if multiple sessions are conducted back to back. Other methods of cryotherapy use nearly twice as much nitrogen, or about $10.00 per session that cuts into your profits.
Do I Have To Use Nitrogen?
Liquid nitrogen produces the coldest form of cryotherapy available. Some chambers use a form of cooling with electricity, but they cannot reach any lower than -155°F. Cryotherapy must reach at least -160°F to achieve the cryogenic environment for cryo to do its magic. In fact, manufacturers of cryotherapy chambers began using liquid nitrogen in their attempts to make a colder and more efficient machine. Electric based chambers were not producing results in a way that was much different than ice baths, so they began experimenting with liquid nitrogen. The result is a chamber that cools down quickly, keeps a steady temperature, and is completely safe to use. In fact, buying one electric chamber will set you back about $100k. Nitrogen chambers are usually half that price, and your electricity bill will be significantly less. Interested in learning more about buying a cryotherapy machine? Click here to see how easy it is (no email or registration required).
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For example, an ice bath can only be 33°F at its coldest. If it get to 32°F the water freezes into an ice block. Someone in an ice bath for 10 minutes may only see their skin temperature drop from 91°F to 85°F or 83°F. Whole Body Cryotherapy on the other hand will produce dramatic results of dropping skin temperature to nearly 60°F. While the cold water bath may feel colder, the results are not as good.