WBC Contraindications

The following is a list of contraindications for using whole body cryotherapy.
This section is for informational purposes only.
Please consult your doctor for medical advice.

  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Diseases of the myocardium or the mitral apparatus
  • Valve disorders: aortic valve stenosis and mitral valve stenosis
  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Symptomatic cardio vascular disease
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Cardiac Stint within the previous 6 months
  • Acute or recent myocardial infarction
  • Severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100)
  • Unstable angina pectoris
  • Printzmetal syndrome
  • Unstable coronary artery disease
  • Arrhythmia at a rate higher than 100 strokes per minute
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Peripheral arterial occlusive disease
  • Severe anemia
  • Local blood flow disturbances
  • Intermittent claudication (also called peripheral arterial disease)
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Thromboembolic changes and inflammation in the venous system (Venous thrombosis, Arterial Thrombosis)
  • Sympathetic neuropathy
  • Central nervous system disease
  • Uncontrolled seizures
  • Epileptic seizures
  • Symptomatic-lung disorders
  • COPD - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Acute respiratory diseases of various origin
  • Venous blood leaks in the lungs
  • Acute cerebral hemorrhage or a stroke in the past
  • Acute or recent cerebral vascular accident
  • Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome
  • Mental disorders, which may prevent adequate co-operation with the patient in the chamber
  • Excessive emotional lability, expressed inter alia, in excessive excitability.
  • Claustrophobia (fear of small or confined spaces)
  • Raynaud disease
  • Cancer/tumor - all types
  • Acute kidney and urinary tract diseases
  • Gangrenous lesions
  • Open wounds and ulcers
  • Mild infections and worse
ImmunologicalCold Hypersensitivty / Cold Intolerance
  • Agammaglobulinemia
  • Cryofibrinogenemia

Cold Urticaria – Also known as hives. A release of histamine during re-warming after a period of cooling, causing red, itchy welts on the skin.

Cold Erythema – A rash, characterised by redness and itching, caused by exposure to cold. Can cause severe pain and muscular spasms.

Cold Hemoglobinuria – When red blood cells break down so quickly that some haemoglobin cannot combine with blood proteins.


  • Hypothyroidism
  • Pregnancy
  • Emaciation and hypothermia
  • Effects of drugs, especially antipsychotics and alcohol.
  • Persons younger than 18 years old (parental consent is required for treatment)