RAIS­ING THE BARRE

Health (USA) - - Success In Sight -

Strengthen and lengthen any­where, no pointe shoes re­quired.

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.

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