The Worldwide Acceptance of Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy is relatively new to the U.S. Just a decade ago there were just a few cryosaunas available around the country.
However, whole body cryotherapy has since been endorsed by many household names, sports stars and celebrities around the world – not as publicity stunts, but because they have used the therapy to help with a particular problem or to boost performance.
- Usain Bolt – the world’s fastest man – who used a mobile cryosauna at the 2012 London Olympics for back pain relief.
- LeBron James– uses cryotherapy to aid muscle recovery.
- Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Maria Menounos, and Katherine Jenkins – “Dancing with the Stars” celebrities, who used whole body cryotherapy to speed up recovery time from dance-related injuries.
- Daniel Craig – used whole body cryotherapy to maintain his physique for his role in Skyfall.
- Demi Moore –reportedly uses whole body cryotherapy for its anti-aging effects.
- Cristiano Ronaldo – installed his own private chamber to aid muscle recovery.
- Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba, and Lindsay Lohan – all use cryotherapy
NPR news and CBS news have both run features on the therapy too.
From Europe to the U.S.
The above reflects the growing popularity of cryotherapy in the U.S., where there are now over 60 centers specializing in the
In Europe there are many more whole body cryotherapy centers, where it has been practiced since the 1980s. The Olympic rehabilitation centre in Spala, Poland, which opened in May 2000, is one of many that use cryotherapy in training and injury rehabilitation, as well as for pain and disease treatment.
In some countries cryotherapy is covered by medical insurance and is part of integrative therapies used for various anti-inflammatory applications.