CRY ME A…River? Nope, therapy! (You’re probably wondering, “Are we seriously considering cry it out therapy now? Hah! No, but there’s no judgment here if some tears are shed in the process.) What I’m talking about here is Cryotherapy: a freezing-cold-temperature treatment that has a positive, healthy effect on the body.
If you’ve heard of Cryotherapy, what you’ve probably seen on TV or the internet, or in a magazine, is a large chamber in which people are encased from the head down. This is called Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC). While in the chamber, your body is blasted with freezing–cold air––to the tune of -100 to -275 degrees F. These bone–chilling numbers take the body’s skin temperature down to the 30–50-degree F range (a normal body temperature is about 98.6F) in about two to three minutes. Many first–timers do not make it more than one to two minutes in the booth but are encouraged to last the three minutes if they can.
These bone–chilling numbers take the body’s skin temperature down to the 30–50-degree F range
Why endure this torture? Winter is tough enough—and it’s free! Well, those who received the treatment reported the following health benefits:
- Increased libido
- Decreased inflammation
- Decreased pain and muscle tenderness, and better, faster recovery from injury
- An enhanced mood
- Increased energy
- Weight loss
- Improved symptoms of asthma and Rheumatoid arthritis
The evidence behind Whole Body Cryotherapy is contradictory, but there are most certainly positive effects, particularly on pain management (based on observations from treatment). It also has a positive effect on mood and general well-being. Regardless of the research, people are definitely trying it, and since it’s generally considered safe to do, it’s likely here to stay. So, if you like torture or you want to test your toughness, cryotherapy might be for you. Please consult your healthcare provider beforehand, however, to ensure that you don’t have any contraindications.