In this week's What's Good, Derek Flanzraich tackles full-body cryotherapy—what it is, why everyone from LeBron James to Lindsay Lohan is doing it, and whether or not stepping into an icy chamber for three minutes to burn calories is a) effective, b) worth the money, or c) actually insane. To be totally honest, it's looking like option C is it. You'll see why.
- What is cryotherapy?
- Cryotherapy promises to burn 800 calories in three minutes.
- Cryotherapy might help with recovery and pain relief. Whole-body cryotherapy's enhancement of acute recovery of running performance in well-trained athletes. Krüger M, de Mareés M, Dittmar KH. International journal of sports physiology and performance, 2015, Jan.;10(5):1555-0265.
Subjective evaluation of the effectiveness of whole-body cryotherapy in patients with osteoarthritis. Chruściak T. Reumatologia, 2016, Dec.;54(6):0034-6233.
- Cryotherapy isn't approved or regulated by the FDA.
- Cryotherapy can cause frostbite.
Derek Flanzraich is Greatist's founder and CEO. What's Good is his take on the news, trends, and issues worth talking about in health and wellness. Sign up and get his column (plus puppy GIFs and other funsies) delivered every Sunday.