The hot hype and cold reality of cryotherapy. Does it freeze your pains away?

A new ice age is here. And it’s making amazing promises of pain-free joints and sculpted abs. Cryotherapy – a freezing treatment turned piping-hot health trend – is being hyped by spas across the country, many of which sprang up within the last year. The problem: There’s no solid scientific evidence backing up the health claims. Photo: iStock Some studios promises that cryotherapy leads to “quicker surgical recovery time.” Others claims it “alleviates symptoms from joint disorders, rheumatoid diseases, fibromyalgia, psoriasis and migraines.” One has said it “has been proven to improve peak levels of performance.” While another boasts “alleviation of depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia.” The…
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