Myths and Facts About Cryotherapy

Did you know the roots of cryotherapy, or “cold therapy,” go back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks? Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician widely regarded as the father of medicine, taught his students about the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory benefits of cold treatment.

Modern cryotherapy has evolved to become an innovative treatment method for many health ailments, including arthritis, muscle pain, and inflammation. It’s even useful in treating mood disorders and helping with weight loss.

At French Med Spa & ºCryothérapie in Saint Charles, Illinois, Karen French, DC, and our team provide aesthetic medicine designed to help improve both your outer body and your inner wellness. That’s why we offer cryotherapy treatments designed to restore your health and leave you feeling replenished and invigorated. 

To help you better understand this cutting-edge treatment, we’ve put together this guide on the myths and facts about cryotherapy.

Myth 1: Cryotherapy is only for trained athletes.

Many professional athletes do take advantage of the increased recovery time cryotherapy brings. But that doesn’t mean cryotherapy is a treatment reserved for elite athletes. 


Cryotherapy can help speed recovery after strenuous workouts for everyone. The benefits of cryotherapy extend beyond improving athletic recovery. In fact, it’s the best way to reduce inflammation and symptoms associated with many health conditions, like migraines, nerve irritation, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, anxiety and depression, and arthritis.

Myth 2: Cryotherapy hurts.

Rumors about cryotherapy abound, and one of them is that the cold temperatures of the cryo chambers mean the treatment session is painfully cold. Not so! 


When administered by a trained healthcare professional like Dr. French, cryotherapy doesn’t hurt. open-air chamber cryotherapy sessions at French Med Spa & ºCryothérapie are a luxurious and relaxing experience. When you arrive for treatment, you receive thermal socks and hand liners, spa slippers, protective outerwear, and a robe. 

Our team takes you to the open-air cryotherapy chamber where you can relax and unwind during your treatment session. And with no downtime needed afterward, you’ll leave re-energized and ready to take on your normal activities. 

Myth 3: Cryotherapy is dangerous.

While any treatment administered incorrectly has the potential to harm, properly executed cryotherapy treatments at French Med Spa & ºCryothérapie are safe and effective.


Cryotherapy is safe for almost everyone, and at French Med Spa & ºCryothérapie you can rest assured that we use a top-of-the-line °cryothérapie signature treatment that’s personalized just for you. 

Note: Cryotherapy shouldn’t be used by patients with diabetes or other conditions that affect nerve sensation, women who are pregnant, and people with certain heart conditions or severe hypertension. 

Myth 4: There’s no evidence to support cryotherapy.

Many non-scientific online discussions and articles claim cryotherapy has no foundation in science. As it turns out, most of these claims are unfounded. 


A recent scientific review of research studies revealed the majority of evidence supports the effectiveness of cryotherapy. Another study suggested cryotherapy may improve soreness and could positively impact other wellness markers, such as inflammatory mediators. 

Is cryotherapy right for me?

At French Med Spa & ºCryothérapie, we take a holistic approach to aesthetic medicine. Dr. French and the other members of our team discuss your concerns and goals and recommend a personalized treatment approach to ensure the best results.

If you’re ready to discover whether cryotherapy is right for you, contact French Med Spa & ºCryothérapie by phone to schedule an appointment or book online today. 

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