You may be aware of the numerous benefits of cryotherapy, but how much do you know about the actual cryo chamber? There are numerous models, ranging from full cryotherapy rooms to the smaller, individualized partial chambers. There are also multiple methods by which to cool the body; from liquid nitrogen to nitrogen gas, electrically cooled air, or others. If you’re curious about the inner workings of a cryotherapy chamber, read on for more.
The Cryo Chamber vs The Cryo Sauna: The Cooling Agent
As mentioned previously, cryo chambers have a number of different methods to cool the patient down. Perhaps the most commonly used in smaller chambers is nitrogen gas. This typically is directly present within the chamber, or injected as a liquid that quickly evaporates once exposed to air.
Cryo chambers, which comfortably support multiple occupants, have other methods of cooling. Typically, such chambers are cooled externally via a heat exchanger. Put simply, the heat exchanger makes use of multiple chambers to cool down liquids for use in other application. Typically, this consists of multiple smaller tubes passing through a larger one, along with separate substances flowing past one another in isolation; in the case of cryo chambers, the liquid will most likely be refrigerated oxygen. Once the liquid is cooled, it is then filtered into the cryo chamber to reduce the temperature.
The Cryo Chamber Layout
Typically, a cryo chamber is composed of two separate rooms. The first is a staging area of sorts. It would be extremely dangerous to suddenly enter a room of -210F with little protection. Instead, there is a pre-chamber attached to the main chamber. This secondary room is much colder than typical room temperature, but not too cold; its purpose is to acclimatize patients to the cold. This dual nature is different from the Cryo Sauna, which consists of a simple tube which surrounds the patient but leaves their head exposed.
Recently coming into popularity is electrically cooled air; initial tests reveal a more significant and uniform cooling compared to partial body cryotherapy in Cryo Saunas. This is due in great part to the nature of the cryo chamber; as it fully encloses the body, it can more effectively control the temperature around it. This allows for a deeper, more even cooling sensation. Whether you’re looking for Whole Body Cryotherapy or Localized Cryotherapy, there are a range of different services and treatments available.
The Cryo Chamber Design
Some cryo chambers are fitted with remote control systems. This allows them to be operated from inside (or some distance away) and also cuts down on personnel costs. Additionally, this gives occupants of the room the ability to adjust the temperature at will to reach the optimum level. It also ensures that an individual can enter or leave at will.
There’s a lot that goes into making a cryo chamber; between the multiple methods of cooling and temperature transfer and the various designs, it’s impossible to pin down what makes them tick. Also, as technology continues to improve, it is not uncommon to see alternative cooling methods.
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