CHILL OUT: Why Cryotherapy is so…Hot Right Now.

I hate to be cold. I wear sweaters in the winter and I cannot even watch polar bear plunges. But, I am considering full body cryotherapy, and not just because I want to be cool like Jennifer Aniston. I may try it because the concept makes some sense to me, and my joints are starting to ache, which I can only assume is going to continue to get worse.

First, let me just put this out there: there is no good scientific evidence immersing your whole body in way-below-freezing temperatures helps you in any way. However, cryotherapy has been used in medicine for a really long time. We use ice packs to constrict blood vessels, decrease inflammation and pain, and promote healing. We cool down people suffering from hyperthermia with ice. We use cryosurgery to remove skin lesions like warts and to remove diseased tissue.

First developed in Japan in the 70s to treat rheumatoid arthritis, proponents of immersion cryotherapy claim it has anti-inflammatory effects, will reduce pain, improve appearance, and with its anti aging properties, will turn back the hands of time. Users claim they feel better and stronger status post a deep freeze.

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Author: Karen Latimer

Karen is a Family Physician, founder and president of Tips From Town. She loves combining all she learned as a doctor with all she continues to learn as a mom of five to bring you interesting, useful and fun information on the Family Pages.

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