For thousands of years, people have been using cold therapy to experience its many health benefits. But are these supposed benefits worth the annoyance and chills? Science says yes! This practice is known as cryotherapy.
What is cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy, or cryotherapy, involves sitting or standing in a cold room in freezing or near freezing temperatures for two to five minutes. During treatment, individuals are exposed to liquid nitrogen at subzero temperatures, usually between -100 and -140 degrees Celsius. People are also required to wear protective clothing in the room, which often includes socks and gloves.
Health benefits of cryotherapy
Through cryotherapy, we can take advantage of our bodies’ tendency to adapt to extreme conditions. As a result, our bodies can become more resistant to stress.
Dutch extreme athlete Wim Hof is living proof of this method. He “climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, ran a half-marathon over the Arctic Circle barefoot, and stood in a container while covered in ice cubes for over 112 minutes.” He uses cold as an opportunity to improve his physical health. A 2018 study showed that “the method activates the areas in the brain responsible for pain suppression, which could lead to a possible role for the Wim Hof method as an endogenous pain reliever.”
Some experts believe that cold temperatures can help our bodies become more resistant to stress, and in some cases, may compensate for depression and improve metabolism and circulation! This is possible because the cold increases endorphins and provides a kind of gentle ECT for your body system!
Other advantages include:
It may seem strange to get into a cold tank, but once some get used to it and work your way up, it will get easier in no time! You can start with a 1 minute attempt and slowly increase the amount of time in the tank to a maximum of 5 minutes. Once you get the hang of it, this can be used as a treatment to revitalize and enhance your general well-being, and is well worth incorporating into a regular wellness routine!
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