Reading — Advanced Level
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Fill in the blanks with the missing sentences to complete the article

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  1. decrease cell growth and reproduction (cellular metabolism), decrease inflammation, decrease pain and spasm

  2. using and/or administering WBC, however

  3. treat a variety of tissue damage, medically called lesions

  4. achieve the subzero temperatures required for WBC, two methods are typically used: liquid nitrogen and refrigerated cold air

  5. alleviate delayed muscle soreness after exercise

Cryotherapy is the use of low temperatures in medical therapy. It is used to . The goal of cryotherapy is to , and cause the constriction of blood vessels.

Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) involves exposing individuals to extremely cold dry air (below -100 °C) for two to four minutes. To . The first WBC chamber was built in Japan in the late 1970s.

Recently, WBC has been implemented in many spas and athletic training facilities. Elite athletes have recently reported using the treatment to .
There are some adverse affects to . If the cold temperatures are produced by evaporating liquid nitrogen, there is the risk of asphyxiation as well as frostbite.


Practice your writing skills by discussing the questions below

  1. Would you use cryotherapy? Why or why not?

  2. What special care treatments have you used to take care of your body? What did they consist of?

  3. Do you enjoy going to spas? Why? What other places do you go to relax?


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