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Why Cryotherapy is Becoming More Popular

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Cryotherapy. Jennifer Aniston, Demi Lovato, Kobe Bryant, Cristiano Ronaldo and Demi Moore swear to its results. Even Daniel Craig used it as part of his training routine before strenuous filming of “Skyfall”—the 23rd installment in the James Bond film series—commenced. But what exactly is this new trend in healing and recovery and what are the benefits these celebrities appear to be reaping?

In a nutshell, cryotherapy is the simple process of exposing the human body to extremely low temperatures for a short period. Humankind has been using cold to treat injuries and inflammation Patients enter a specially-designed cryotherapy machine (also referred to as a “chamber”) and are sprayed with a liquid nitrogen mist which is approximately -120°C. This immediately begins to cool the skin and body and, although only 2 to 3 minutes are spent in the chamber, the results can be quite dramatic.

The basic principle behind cryotherapy is that freezing temperatures trigger cold receptors, which then r…