The famous scene in Titanic where Rose is on top of a wooden door and Jack is clinging on to his life — only to fall asleep and fade into the depths of the water — is a classic case of hypothermia. The body cannot take freezing or below-average temperature for a long period of time. In worst cases, it can lead to death. While that sounds dangerous, famous athletes like LeBron James, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Kobe Bryant are getting into the cryotherapy craze.
The use of near-freezing temperatures for fitness is known as cryotherapy. If you want to give this a try, CryoSpace noted that it’s available in Miami Beach, Florida and other parts of the country.
What is Cryotherapy?
Sitting in a tank with near freezing or freezing temperature is akin to Jack holding on for his dear life. When done under great supervision and only for a period of time, however, it can reap many benefits to the body. That’s what cryotherapy is.
While still a mystery to physicians, cryotherapy is used to treat various physical conditions with the goal to “deaden the irritated nerve.” Think of eating ice cream after tooth extraction surgery to make the affected area numb. The same goes through with cryotherapy, except it’s done in the whole body or parts that need attention.
What’s the Purpose of Cryotherapy?
- Pain relief
Athletes use cryotherapy to relieve pain and tension from their bodies. Thanks to it, people suffering from various degrees of inflammatory body conditions like arthritis can find relief.
- Weight loss
The procedure will not promote loss, but it can help in the process of it. The body works more to keep itself warm, resulting in more energy consumption and weight loss. Being in the cold also helps increase a person’s metabolism.
- Migraine treatment
The treatment, if focused on the neck area, can reduce the pain caused by a migraine. Of course, you need to consult a doctor if this doesn’t work out for you because your migraine could be a more serious condition.
Still using icepacks? Consult with your doctor and see how cryotherapy can help you manage your conditions.