People, including self-described “Iceman” Wim Hof, claim that extreme cold can improve mental and physical health and even prolong life. So what does the science say?
Research on cryotherapy is as new as is the trend for the treatment. So doctors do not fully understand all the potential benefits and risks of the process.
In this article, we look at some of the possible benefits to be had from cryotherapy healing, as well as other facts a person may need to know before they consider it.
Fast facts on cryotherapy:
- Cryotherapy is any treatment that involves the use of freezing or near-freezing temperatures.
- Because cryotherapy is new, some potential benefits are not yet proven.
- Cryotherapy might be a safe alternative treatment and preventative for many ailments.
- Cryotherapy can be unpleasant, particularly for people who are unaccustomed to the cold.
Cryotherapy is relatively new, so any benefits are yet to be proven.
The most popular form of cryotherapy involves sitting in a cryotherapy booth for 3–5 minutes.