If you have a lot of money to spend, or your rich Uncle just left you his entire fortune, you may want to evaluate cyrotheraphy. Regular folks use a cheaper version of this on a more regular basis. Its called an ice pack. For the well endowed, you subject your entire body for a few minutes to extremely cold vapor. The vapor flows over you at minus 200 or 300 degrees Fahrenheit. This does to your entire body what the ice pack does to your aching muscle. It looks like something out of a superman movie. Superman’s nemesis might insist on dipping him into a vat much like this. Effectively it is meant to reduce the stress, increase blood flow and heal any adhesions or lesions that might have cropped up in your muscle group. From that extraordinarily hard work out you just did in trying to sip the daiquiri.

Once reserved for the super wealthy, it is more available now, though still expensive. There is no concrete medical data to validate its effects. Therefore, it is not currently certified for use in medical ailments. However, it is advocated for relief of muscle fatigue, reducing of tension, improvement of athletic performance, endurance et al. While researching this, I discovered that not only is there no evidence for cyrotheraphy, there is actually no evidence that even the ice pack does any good for your injured ankle.

There are no known major side effects of trying to be superman. There is some freeze damage though when you are being unfrozen. Think of the turkey that you put into the refrigerator and then tried to unthaw. You would feel the same on the way out of the vat. If you have been convinced to try this maybe try a dip stick first and use an ice pack for a couple of weeks. Its free.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.