What is Cryotherapy and Does It Work for Weight Loss?

What is cryotherapy and does it work for weight loss?

Definition and History

According to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word cryo means “of or relating to the production of very low temperatures” or “being or relating to very low temperatures”.  The word therapymedical treatment of impairment, injury, disease, or disorder“.  Therefore, cryotherapy can be defined and the treatment of an impairment, injury, disease, or disease using very low temperatures.  

Cyrotherapy has gained a lot of popularity over the past several years.  Despite its current fame in the wellness world, cryotherapy has actually been around for centuries. Think about all of the times you have put a cold pack on you knee when sore? Well, you’ve used cyrotherapy.

It’s been known for years that icing an injury can help in reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation, whole-body cryotherapy takes this concept to a new level.

So, What is It?

The first question may ask is “Does this hurt?” Exposing your body to subzero temperatures does appear like a pretty unbearable experience, but people say it’s actually more tolerable than an ice bath since the air is dry instead of wet– that makes it feel more like standing in front of a freezer on a hot day.

Whole-body cryotherapy is usually delivered in just one of three ways: