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Cryotherapy: Can it stop your pain cold?

April 18, 2018

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. … See Full Bio
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John Mario
June 1, 2018

This is another article from someone not familiar with the topic he writes about. Dr Oz knows more.

Ian Hatfield
April 23, 2018

While the FDA hasn’t cleared or approved whole body cryotherapy for medical treatment yet, there are a plethora of testimonials from athletes to average joe’s that have seen positive results from using WBC. Some of those who are still too nervous to try WBC are skeptical of how safe it is. You touched on some of the downsides and you’re right, WBC isn’t for everyone, but there are many individuals that would greatly benefit from cryotherapy and are simply not trying it because of the negative things they’ve read online. This post breaks down some of the fictional things published about WBC and provides the facts on it –> []. Thanks for sharing, Robert.

Jane Carpin
April 20, 2018

That’s not how whole body Cryotherapy works, you are describing albeit for the whole body, how localised cryotherapy works – like ice on an inflamed area. WBC seeks to create, because of the extreme cold, a “fight of flight” response which in turn sends messages to your brain that you need to be protected from the cold. Your blood rushes to your core to protect the vital organs, is re-oxygenated and when the session is complete you step outside the chamber and feel a huge sense of relief and your blood flows back out to the extremities. It indeed burns calories, removes brain fog, reduces inflammation, makes your skin looks better as it promotes collagen production and most importantly reduces muscle soreness and pain so you can train harder / more often.

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