In this article I want to share the leading cyrotherapy benefits and the dangers to this alternative medicine!
Cryotherapy in a nutshell means cold therapy. When I mean cold I’m talking minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Imagine standing in this cold of air for 1.5 to 3 minutes? It doesn’t seem pleasant does it? What is even more bizarre is that people are willing to spend anywhere from $20 to $90 to do it.
If you are wondering how in the heck can the air get to negative 300 degrees. It comes down to using liquid nitrogen. It’s made from air and is cheaper to make than soda pop. Profitable business right?
Now you are thinking so many people are shelling out cash for this it must have some benefits right? What do you think is this hype or is there benefits to it?
In theory it can benefit someone when it comes to eliminating aches and pains, which nearly everyone has. The cause of the pain is inflammation. Think of a sprained ankle and swelling. How do you treat a sprained ankle, you put ice on it.
You see the connection right?
There is also a theory that your body effectively goes into survival mode when it rushes all the blood to your core. Some people feel the blood picks up extra nutrients normally held in storage.
Some people feel it can help burn unwanted fat, improve the immune system, eliminate cellulite and slow aging.
Of course these are all theories let’s talk about studies and proof. The bad news is that I couldn’t find any studies or proof that it helps. If you know of any please share in the comments below.
Now let’s talk about the risks. What do you think a big risk is? A big danger is frostbite, one small mistake and it could be bad. One lady in Texas received skin damage and is suing a place because she received wet gloves.
Until there is actual proof of benefits I would not recommend it. If you are interested in relieving pain from muscles, soreness, if you want to improve your skin, immune system, remove fat and slow aging there are much better choices with proven benefits.
One idea is omega 3 fish oil. Omega 3 reduces inflammation and this helps with pain management as well as improving the skin. There really are tons of benefits to this healthy fat.