Cryotherapy claims health benefits
It’s an old therapy that’s somewhat new to the U.S. Cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978 to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
Athletes all over the world are using it, and some are using it instead of ice baths.
Now it’s being used for a variety of reasons from pain relief to losing weight. It’s considered an alternative treatment for conditions like headaches, depression, stress and anxiety.
Cryotherapy is a cold therapy that exposes the entire body to temperatures at least as cold as anything you would find in Antarctica. Patients stand in a cryochamber for 2 to 3 minutes, where liquid nitrogen vapor comes pouring out of vents, and temperatures drop quickly to minus 220 degrees.
In an effort to stay warm, your brain produces endorphins and proteins which are released into the blood once the treatment is over.
Doctors say this isn’t a “one-size-fits-all type of treatment” and there haven’t been enough studies to say that it is safe or it truly works.
There’s a long list of people who shouldn’t use it: Women who are pregnant and anyone with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, seizures, cancer or lung disorders.
Cryotherapy is very popular in Europe but hasn’t been FDA-approved in the U.S.
Anyone who wants to try cryotherapy is encouraged to talk to their doctor first and make sure it is safe.