- Cryotherapy is a technique that exposes a part of the body or the whole body to extremely cold temperatures for therapeutic purposes.
- Localized cryotherapy is used by health professionals whereas whole-body cryotherapy is not — it’s more like a spa treatment that is offered at spas and wellness centers.
- Cryotherapy offers some benefits but it also has risks, which is why it’s important to get informed.
Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy, is the use of extremely cold temperatures to help treat a variety of issues. Its most prominent use is for surgical treatment, known as cryosurgery or cryoablation, however, it’s gaining popularity as a full-body treatment. This is known as whole-body cryotherapy.
While there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that suggests cryotherapy has tons of health benefits to offer, it is still a fairly new form of treatment and as such, it’s still being researched. Because of this, it’s very important to discuss cryotherapy with your doctor to find out if it’s right for you. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about cryotherapy including, what it is, the potential benefits, and its risks.
What Is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is a technique that exposes a part of the body or the whole body to extremely cold temperatures. Treatments typically only last a few minutes.
Cryotherapy can be used to treat one area on your body either externally (on your skin) or internally (inside the body). When treatment is used internally, this is called cryoablation which aims to destroy abnormal cells. You can also receive cold therapy for your whole body, known as whole-body cryotherapy, which we’ll explain in more detail later in this article.