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Cryotherapy treatment used by fibromyalgia sufferers

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Some fibromyalgia sufferers have turned to cryotherapy as they fight chronic pain and fatigue. This treatment involves exposing the body to freezing temperatures, and whole body cryotherapy tends to be the most popular option. Fibromyalgia patients claim to have found relief from using this method.


Whole body cryotherapy requires a person to stand in a special chamber designed to expose their bodies to temperatures below freezing. The typical chamber can easily reach -250 degrees Fahrenheit, but the patient is only allowed to remain inside for a few minutes. Paul Colosky, who owns one of the machines and uses it as part of his treatment plan for patients, explains that it can help people with fibromyalgia.

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Cryotherapy users describe benefits ranging from increased energy to better sleep. People who suffer from fibromyalgia often turn to this treatment to help deal with their chronic pain, fatigue, muscle weakness and soreness. It has also been linked to lower inflammation and fewer spasms. A study from researchers in Italy reveals that fibromyalgia patients reported positive results after 15 cryotherapy sessions. Patients stated it had improved their quality of life and reduced their pain.

In general, cryotherapy is considered a safe procedure if it is handled in a professional setting with properly working equipment. However, there have been reports of frostbite because patients did not follow instructions about not wearing wet clothes inside the chamber, and cases of allergic reactions to the cold. There is a long list of health issues that would prevent someone from using this treatment. Whole body cryotherapy is not recommended for people with diabetes, heart disease, Raynaud’s syndrome and high blood pressure. If you are considering this treatment, then discuss it with your doctor first and find a reputable location that offers a cryotherapy chamber.

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I found this interesting since I have found some relief using cold packs.