Cryotherapy: you may have seen celebrities all over social media being treated by this unique form of therapy. But what do we actually know about cryotherapy? At first glance, one might shy away from probes and freezing temperatures, but we dug a bit deeper to get you the facts on what cryotherapy really is and its benefits.
What is cryotherapy?
According to MedicineNet, cryotherapy is “a pain treatment that uses a method of localized freezing temperatures to deaden an irritated nerve. Cryotherapy is also used as a method of treating localized areas of some cancers (called cryosurgery), such as prostate cancer and to treat abnormal skin cells by dermatologists.”
Many also claim that this method of standing in this freezer tank improves sleep, athletic performance, aid in weight loss and even slow the aging process.
How, exactly, does it work?
Buzzfeed sent a few of their employees to try cryotherapy, check it out!
Does cryotherapy actually work?
Being that cryotherapy could be anything from the frozen chambers you saw in the video, or putting an ice pack on your body, the use of ice in treating swelling, inflammation, and pain is common knowledge. The difference between an ice pack and cryotherapy is that the entire body is exposed to temperatures as low as -200 degrees F, essentially taking a bath in liquid Nitrogen. Although cryotherapy has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation from arthritis and other joint-related pain centers, the claims of anti-aging, weight loss, and increased athletic performance have yet to be proven.
Synopsis: It’s up to you!
Effects from cryotherapy are not negative, however, we would not rely on it for all of our weight loss needs, as no scientific evidence backs this statement. However, if you suffer from joint pain or just want to try it for fun, we definitely recommend giving cryotherapy a try!
Have you tried cryotherapy? Tell us how it went in the comments below!