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Why I Hate Cryotherapy (The Negative Effects)

Last Updated Jan 13, 2024

Cryotherapy has become very popular over the past couple of years, and I do not like it. I consider it to be a poor man’s cold plunge – or actually rich man’s cold plunge, considering it’s ridiculously overpriced. Additionally, it has very few benefits, an unnatural approach to getting cold, and many health risks, which make Cryotherapy very much not worth the hype.

The High Cost

Cryotherapy sessions can be quite expensive, with prices ranging from $40 to $100 per session, depending on location and provider. For me, the potential benefits of cryotherapy simply do not justify the high costs, especially when considering other, more affordable alternatives like cold plunging or ice baths.

Additionally, some people may choose to purchase a personal cryotherapy chamber for home use. These units can be quite expensive, with prices ranging from $30,000 to $60,000 or more, depending on the make and model. Cold plunging can be a more cost-effective alternative to cryotherapy. Ranging from a price of $0 (just filling up a bath with ice) to $5,000 for something like the Plunge.

Pseudoscience and Inconclusive Evidence

Although there are many anecdotal reports of the benefits of cryotherapy, the scientific evidence supporting its efficacy is still limited and inconclusive. Many of the claims often lack solid scientific backing (many studies funded by the cryotherapy industry) and may be based on anecdotal experiences rather than actual research.

Unnatural Approach

Cryotherapy relies on artificially created extreme cold temperatures, temperatures which you would never find in nature. So much connection to the earth and nature is lost in the sterile environment of a cryotherapy chamber.

Potential Risks, Injuries, and Side Effects

While cryotherapy is generally considered safe, it must be performed with trained professionals – as opposed to cold plunging, which can be a beautiful meditative experience done by yourself. Complications from Cryotherapy include frostbite, burns, and temporary numbness or tingling. Moreover, there have been reported cases of people suffering severe injuries or even death due to improper use of cryotherapy equipment or insufficient safety measures.

Impersonal Experience

Lastly, I find the experience of cryotherapy to be impersonal and sterile. Enclosed in a cryotherapy chamber, there is a distinct lack of connection to the surrounding environment or the therapeutic benefits of water. For me, this impersonal experience detracts from the overall appeal of cryotherapy as a wellness practice.

Final Thoughts: Biohacking is fun, and if you want to give cryotherapy a try… go for it! I’m going to stick to my cold plunging and ice baths.

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