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.