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Today, the FDA released a report that admitted cryotherapy is a cool trend. However, they finished that statement off by saying it not only lacks evidence, but also poses risks.
The report is addressing Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) done in a freezing tank in increments of three minutes. You may have heard that cryotherapy can help with arthritis, prevent injury and more, but this report basically says, “Nope, not proven.”
It reads: “And despite claims by many spas and wellness centers to the contrary, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have evidence that WBC effectively treats diseases or conditions like Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, stress, anxiety or chronic pain.”
The FDA is also noting that not a single WBC device has been cleared or approved, so you should seek the advice of a physician before starting or continuing cryotherapy and it should not be a replacement for regular doctor visits or injury treatment.
You can read the full report here.