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Ice baths have long been used by athletes after particularly tough workouts to treat overworked muscles and prevent injury. But now, there’s a new recovery trend that’s even cooler—literally. Cryotherapy centers are popping up all over the country, and they offer special tanks where temperatures can plummet below –200°F. Many experts say spending a small amount of time (the average treatment is around three minutes) in one of these tanks can quickly reduce inflammation and soothe aches and pains. That’s because such a frigid temp decreases blood flow, inhibiting inflammation. And since you’re not spending much time in the tank, your core temperature won’t be affected and hypothermia isn’t an issue. But there is a catch: Other than anecdotal, there’s no hardcore evidence that there are long-term benefits to this type of treatment, says Castellani.