After celebrities such as Tony Robbins, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lebron James all began endorsing cryotherapy, it seems that everyone else is lining up to give it a shot as well. So what is cryotherapy?
Well, technically, cryotherapy is simply using extremely low temperatures to heal the body is some form of way. This means that even an ice bath would be considered cryotherapy.
However, whole body cryotherapy – or WBC – is when you stand for 2 – 4 minutes in a room fool of liquid nitrogen that is set to a subzero temperature of -200 degrees Fahrenheit. While this is definitely a freezing cold experience, it’s actually not quite as bad as you would think. Once you do it a few times it gets much easier as well. Plus you can even choose to do a partial exposure treatment such as on your back or face if it’s your first time.
Benefits of Cryotherapy
While I wish I could simply tell you all of the benefits of cryotherapy, it’s actually not that simple. At the moment not too much research has been done on the subject of cryotherapy and quite frankly I won’t pretend to be an expert.
Whenever you to go to get a WBC treatment though you will be told a whole slew of benefits that you will receive from simply doing one session. Of course, to get the full benefit of cryotherapy you have to come back on a regular basis – or so they say.
To be honest, maybe it was just the place I went too but I didn’t feel quite sold on the whole ordeal. However, I will admit that once the WBC was done I did feel pretty amazing.
So while there maybe some truth to cryotherapy making you feel better, I’m not quite sure how much of it is just mental versus actual physical benefits. I went ahead and did my research online but there seems to be a lot of controversy on this subject and what WBC can actually do for your body.
I was able to come in contact with some of the members there though and they told me that cryotherapy worked wonders for their arthritis and that they actually come back once every single day to get their treatment. This was pretty surprising to me and is truthfully the only reason I believe cryotherapy may actually work.
However, I truly don’t believe that cryotherapy can do everything that is typically believed. Instead of taking my word for it though, you can simply decide for yourself.
Supposed benefits of cryotherapy:
- Reduces inflammation
- Smaller pores
- Improved sleep (actually true)
- Better mood (very temporary)
- Increases your metabolism
- Reduces cellulite
- Remove toxins from the body
- Rejuvenate cells
- Reduces pain
- Increases strength
- Soften wrinkles
Some places will even tell you more benefits than that, but I think you get the point. While I’m sure that your body will receive some minor benefits from cryotherapy, I seriously doubt it’s worth the high price tag that comes along with it. Oh, did I not mention that one single treatment of cryotherapy cost me an entire $90?!?
Yeah I think I’ll just stick to a nice cold shower.