Electric and nitrogen cryosauna – what is the difference?

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Whole-body cryotherapy is gaining popularity not only among athletes but also among ordinary people who need to treat chronic pain or skin conditions or maintain a healthy lifestyle. That is why the cryotherapy industry keeps growing every year. Now along with individual nitrogen-based cryosaunas, pioneers on the market, one-person electric cryosaunas have appeared.

So the question arises: how to choose the best equipment for your cryo center?

Impact on the body

The basic mechanism both for electric and for nitrogen cryosaunas is the same – cold air affects the body. The purpose is to achieve thermal shock, meaning a rapid drop of the skin temperature from normal 34ºC-35ºC to 7ºC-12ºC within a short time. Thermal shock’s main effects include analgesia, anti-inflammatory action, reduced spasticity, and blood vessel reaction (first constriction, and then dilation). The thermal shock is more pronounced if the cryotherapy environment is colder. In this case, the skin cools down more quickly and efficiently.

Cryosauna treatments are used by professional and amateur athletes coming from various sports backgrounds, in medical and rehab centers for patients recovering from injuries or periods of high stress, in spas, fitness and wellness centers. Cryotherapy treatments, both in nitrogen and electric cryosaunas, demonstrate remarkable efficiency, not only in recovery from acute conditions but also in the treatment of chronic diseases.

What are the main differences between electric and nitrogen cryosaunas?

  • The price. An electric cryosauna is often much more expensive (priced from 80 000 EUR) than the nitrogen-based version (priced from 18 000 EUR + nitrogen tanks rent). This is an essential difference for small businesses, for example. 
  • Time to get ready to work. A nitrogen cryosauna precools in 2 to 3 minutes, while an electric cryo chamber needs up to several hours to get prepared for cryo sessions.
  • The lowest temperature reached. During a cryo session in a nitrogen cryosauna, the temperature of nitrogen vapor mixed with air reaches -120°C to -170°C. In an electric cryosauna, the temperature usually drops down to only -80°C or -110°C. 
  • Maintaining a stable temperature. When the customer goes in or out of any cryosauna, the temperature in the cabin goes up. But if in a nitrogen-based cryosauna it takes only 30 seconds to bring the temperature back down, in an electric cryo chamber, you will have to wait longer.

Is liquid nitrogen toxic and dangerous to life and health?

Some people think that nitrogen could be dangerous to their health. But considering that 78% of the air we breathe is made up of nitrogen, this is hardly the case. Remember that nitrogen is used for a number of surgery applications, too. It is even used in modern cooking in gourmet restaurants to prepare exquisite food.  

Still, when choosing nitrogen-based cryotherapy equipment, keep in mind:

  • Buy only from a trusted manufacturer;
  • Follow all requirements for the premises and ensure proper ventilation;
  • Don’t neglect technical inspections. 

In a good-quality cryosauna, nitrogen is no more dangerous than electricity. Any equipment, whether cryogenic or other, needs high-quality support.

If you have any questions concerning nitrogen cryosaunas and their maintenance, feel free to contact our sales team: tel: + 421 918 250 160 or info@cryomedpro.com