GLOSS Volume 2, Issue 7 - 2018 - Page 48

WA N D E R L U S T “ Cryotherapy helps in muscle recovery as well and it is also said that in one session, an average person can burn around 400-500 calories. ” Keeping it cool There's a fine line between freezing to death and treating an ailment, and it is called cryotherapy. But what is life without a little danger? GLOSS tried out the treatment. Text By Sana Panjwani What do Alicia Keys, Daniel Craig, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jennifer Aniston have in common? Besides being rich and famous, these four celebrities are also proponents of cryo-chamber treatments, a kind of cryotherapy. of cryotherapy, it is worth mentioning that choosing to intentionally (and possibly quite literally) freeze your butt off is not just a flight of fancy. In fact, it is said to hold a staggering amount of benefits. In Poland, it is largely used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, sleep disorders, and even depression. Essentially, cryotherapy consists of any kind of cold treatment be it putting a bag of frozen peas on an injury, taking an ice-cold bath, or spraying oneself with More commonly, it is used to reduce biofreeze after a particularly gruelling pain and inflammation, tighten skin, and encourage collagen production. It helps workout. in muscle recovery as well and it is also Cold medicine itself has a long history said that in one session, an average person and has been used for many purposes can burn around 400-500 calories. An from slowing metabolics during trauma inactive or sedentary individual can even surgery to killing cancer cells to even burn up to 800 calories due to the slower freezing off warts. Cryo-chamber therapy, metabolism. on the other hand, was first developed in Japan before arriving in Europe in the The cold causes vasoconstriction which in 1980s before slowly gaining popularity turn reduces blood flow in the extremities in the rest of the world, especially over and thus reduces inflammation around soft-tissue injuries, stopping them from the past few years. progressing. The release of adrenaline Before jumping into the technicalities relieves pain and also creates a euphoric 48 feeling which leaves people feeling better after the treatment. There are two types of options in this treatment, either partial or whole body. The former largely features a contraption akin to a standing tanning bed. You step in, the door closes, you strip down and stand for three minutes as aerosolised liquid nitrogen surrounds your body, from the neck down only. Your head stays above as inhaling the gas is hazardous and can lead to a strict KO. The latter, one which GLOSS tried, consists of stepping into a chamber room filled with electronically cooled air, therefore safer in comparison. In fact, a 2013 study conducted in France compared the two methods and concluded that Whole Body Cooling (WBC) is far more effective than Partial Body Cooling (PBC) in activating the nervous system. Our experience with the WBC took place