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Is whole-body cryotherapy effective and safe?

Ask the doctors Q. A friend of mine recommended I try whole-body cryotherapy for arthritis pain. Is this technology proven to work? A. Whole-body cryotherapy is a technology designed to cool the body by exposing it to subzero temperatures (typically 200 to 300 F) for short sessions of two to four minutes. In some cases, people sit in a cold room; in others, they are placed in a special enclosure…

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