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Cryotherapy for Multiple Sclerosis

Whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) for multiple sclerosis? The U.S. Food & Drug Administration says not to get your hopes up. “Despite claims by many spas and wellness centers to the contrary, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have evidence that WBC effectively treats diseases or conditions like Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple Read more…


Cryotherapy for Athletic Performance

We have many clients who use whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) for athletic performance. But the relationship between WBC and increased fitness is not a direct one. Getting cold does not necessarily increase aerobic capacity or muscle strength. What it does is to enhance your recovery, and that speeds your increase in fitness. Exercise in Order to Read more…


Cryotherapy for Muscle Soreness

Cryotherapy for muscle soreness is well established. Both research literature and practical accounts are abundant. I don’t need to go over all the studies here. But I thought it might be a good idea to discuss the myth that soreness is something you should avoid. There’s a television commercial for Advil that shows people doing Read more…



Ice Bath or Whole-Body Cryotherapy?

Human beings are endothermic or “warm blooded,” which means we maintain our body temperature with internal heat sources. But maintaining your body temperature is not always a comfortable process, as athletes who take ice baths for muscle recovery will tell you. Wikipedia quotes champion weightlifter Karyn Marshall, who took an ice bath after the 2011 Read more…


Whole-Body Cryotherapy for Cellulite

To understand cellulite, you need to understand your skin has three layers. The outermost is the epidermis, which is the part we usually think of when we think of skin. It’s the thinnest and the most disposable layer of skin. In fact, it is continually being sloughed off and renewed. Directly under the epidermis is Read more…


Cryotherapy for Cancer

There are three ways — all preventive — in which whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) may help to reduce the risk of cancer. 1. Weight Management According to the National Cancer Institute, higher body fat is associated with at least 13 kinds of cancer, several of which (breast, liver, ovarian, pancreatic, colorectal) are among the best known Read more…


Cryotherapy for Arthritis: A Management Strategy

According to Arthritis By The Numbers (PDF), published by the Arthritis Foundation, about 54.4 million adults officially have arthritis. I say “officially,” because they have been diagnosed by doctors. When you add in people who report the symptoms of arthritis but haven’t been diagnosed, however, the total comes to 91 million. Furthermore, the incidence of Read more…


Whole-Body Cryotherapy for Back Pain

Colin Cook Back pain comes in many varieties, but the most pervasive one is probably low back pain. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke publishes a Low Back Pain Fact Sheet that makes for rather bleak reading: “About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It Read more…


Cryotherapy for Arthritis

Colin Cook According to Wikipedia, more than 20% of Americans have arthritis. But that statement makes the situation sound much simpler than it is. “Arthritis” refers to inflammation of the joints, and there are at least 100 kinds: “The most common forms are osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis usually occurs with age Read more…