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Immersing yourself in -157 degrees; the craze behind Cryotherapy

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Posted at 7:03 AM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 14:40:23-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Have you ever thought about putting yourself inside a chamber that could get as cold as -157 degrees? Well, some people do that everyday for chronic pain and muscle recovery.

It's called Cryotherapy . It's a cold treatment that releases endorphin and norepinephrine in your body to help with inflammation.

"Inflammation is found in numerous diseases and just after a significant work out as well. Reducing that inflammation will help reduce pain, allows you to sleep better," Owner of US Cryotherapy Tucson Raymond Rede said.

He said his customers come from different backgrounds. Some are professional athletes, others are high school students and retirees, but before anyone can walk inside the freezing chamber, they have to gear up.

"Protect your hands, protect your ears, protect your feet to reduce exposure to the cold. Those areas are really sensitive to the cold," Rede said.

Then, they test your skin because Rede said because they want your body to cool down by 30 degrees to get the full effect.

Former University of Arizona football star LaMonte Hunley said he tries to do this treatment as often as you can.

"Once I get out of the chamber, actually, I feel like I'm floating, I really do. And I feel like my legs are lighter then what they were going into it. I can feel the inflammation and pain just move it's self out," Hunley said.

Many others said they consider Cryotherapy an everyday pain reliever.

"I come here because I think it's as important as if you take a vitamin, a daily treatment," US Cryotherapy Tucson customer Vicky Teeple said.

If this treatment sounds interesting, but you're not sure whether or not your body can handle the cold temperatures, talk to your doctor.