Feel more secure with an Intake Meeting before whole body cryotherapy and cryostimulation


Intake Meeting

How does cryostimulation work? Feel more secure with a professional Intake Meeting before undergoing whole body cryostimulation and cryotherapy


Whether you manage a sports club, a physiotherapy centre, a beauty salon, etc… you will be interested to read about the benefits of having a proper Intake Meeting before undergoing whole body cryotherapy and cryostimulation.

When hearing about whole body cryotherapy or cryostimulation, some users may wonder whether these treatments would beneficial to them.

Therefore, just like when you begin seeing a doctor, physiotherapist or personal trainer, whole body cryotherapy and whole body cryostimulation should start in the same way: with a proper Intake Consultation.

 

INTAKE CONSULTATION 

Intake Meeting  +  Intake Session

 

The intake consultation is the first interaction with a client or user. And, it consists of the Intake Meeting followed by the Intake Session.

Both, the Meeting and the Session help to create the foundations for a successful partnership between you and your client.

This blog is about the Intake Meeting before body cryostimulation. We will talk about the Intake Session in our next blog.

 


What is the Intake Meeting?


The Intake Meeting is a face to face visit or consultation, between the PolarFit® Care Practitioner and the end-user. The main objectives are:

  • Lay the foundations of the relationship with your client
  • Provide an opportunity to explain what whole body cryostimulation is and its benefits
  • Understand your client’s whole body cryostimulation objectives
  • Find out if it will be safe for your client to undergo whole body cryostimulation.

PolarFit Care Intake Meeting
Intake Meeting

 

Start a relationship

Initially, you probably don’t know your client and, reciprocally, your client probably doesn’t know you.

A good start is to begin with a small conversation to understand and get to know each other. It is especially important for you, as a cryotherapy specialist, to try to understand your client’s objectives. By knowing this, you can more easily cater to their needs and increase the probability of making this relationship and the exposure to whole body cryostimulation a success.

 

Whole body cryostimulation and its benefits

Your client has heard about whole body cryostimulation, but he may have additional questions, such as:

  • What does whole body cryostimulation do?
  • How does it work?
  • Will these temperatures be safe?
  • Will it work for me?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How much time is involved?

This meeting with the user before the body cryostimulation session is your opportunity to explain what whole body cryostimulation is and its benefits, and also to reassure your client that he will be in professional hands.

 

Your client’s objective

Within PolarFit® Care the main reason for the Intake Meeting is to assess your client’s objective. Unlike many others, PolarFit® Care does not consider whole body cryostimulation as a one-size-fits-all approach, not only in the treatment dosage but also in relation to the client’s objective. It has been well proven that the probability of reaching your client’s goal can be increased by delivering a tailor-made approach. The certified PolarFit® Care Software provides this solution automatically, thanks to a carefully developed procedure:

  • Step 1. A systematic search through scientific literature.
    • Before 2010 not much research was available in the field of whole body cryostimulation. Only about 30 studies had been published.
    • After 2010 more than 100 studies were published. This literature forms the basis of PolarFit® Care solutions.
  • Step 2. A critical appraisal of this literature, evaluating the results and conclusions in conjunction with the research method used.
  • Step 3. Creating the ‘golden standard’ protocols and identifying the right number of sessions (a cycle) to meet each objective.

 

Example 1: Whole body cryotherapy originated in the mid-70’s when Dr. Yamauchi exposed rheumatoid patients to extreme cold temperature to decrease chronic pain levels and improve quality of life. We know from a study by Guilot Guillot and colleagues (2014) that you need multiple sessions (preferably one per day) at -110°C for 3 minutes, within a time frame of 14 days to decrease the level of the activity core significantly. Therefore, the best suggestion for success for your client is prescribing one session per day for a period of 14 days at that particular dosage.

Example 2: Whole body cryostimulation is also used within sports to enhance recovery. One of the main targets of whole body cryotherapy after exercise is to control the inflammatory process. A study by Pournot and colleagues showed that one session at –120°C for 3 minutes enhanced muscle recovery by restricting the inflammatory process. So, in this case, the best suggestion for success for your athlete is prescribing a session at -120°C for 3 min directly after the activity. Additionally, considering additional knowledge on, for instance, the type- or severity of the activity should result in prescribing an even more severe protocol.

 

Therefore, knowing the objective of your athlete or client and seeing the full picture will result in a more optimised approach. In order to obtain this kind of information as a practitioner, a proper Intake Consultation is required. 

  

Safe cryotherapy sessions

The last part of the Intake Meeting before the whole body cryostimulation treatment should focus on the precautions and constraints to undergoing whole body cryotherapy or cryostimulation. Explain the entire procedure to your client and be sure to exclude contraindications (see another blog for more specific information), such as having a history of heart failure, pregnancy… Prescribing the proper precautions will increase your client’s sense of security, which will help to improve compliance and benefit your business.

 

Safe cryotherapy
Safe cryotherapy sessions

 

References

Guillot, X. et al. Cryotherapy in inflammatory rheumatic diseases: a systematic review. Expert Rev. Clin. Immunol. 10, 281–294 (2014).

Pournot, H. et al. Time-course of changes in inflammatory response after whole-body cryotherapy multi exposures following severe exercise. PloS One 6, e22748 (2011).

 


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