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Cryotherapy: The Next Hyperbaric Therapy

The merits of hyperbaric oxygen chambers and their ability to treat all kinds of ailments are well documented; however, another sort of treatment, the cryogenic chamber, doesn’t get as much publicity. For one thing, subjecting your body to extremely cold temperatures for several minutes is not something most are eager to do, unless you happen to be a member of the Polar Bear Club.

It may also be the fact that most people are not aware of cryotherapy. The practice involves the use of a chamber in which cryogenic gases (often liquid nitrogen) are used to cool the body. Like hyperbaric therapy, cryotherapy is claimed to treat many things, including muscle and joint pain, insomnia, fibromyalgia and psoriasis. It does wonders for preserving the deceased (Walt Disney, Ted Williams, et al); maybe it can help the living!

Dr. Oz
Click the image to watch the video. Dr. Oz’s conclusion picks up in part 2 at around 3:15.

Believe it or not, the therapy is gaining in popularity. On a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, the show’s namesake put cryotherapy to the test. He had his assistant undergo the therapy for demonstration purposes. According to the TV personality, the therapy is worth trying for some ailments. Much like an ice pack, the cryogenic temperatures reduce inflammation and shrink blood vessels around injury sites.

As a distributor, how can you take advantage of the increasing popularity of cryotherapy? While some use it to treat medical conditions, according to Dr. Oz the experimental therapy is available mainly at spas at this point. Sounds like another niche market to me (Read about niche markets for gases and welding distributors). Either way, it’s great exposure for the gas industry.

Also, check out the article “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy” from Welding & Gases Today, where Eleet Cryogenics VP Doug Morton explains how to capitalize on the growing market.

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