Cryotherapy is fast becoming the treatment of choice
for pro athletes looking to recover from intense training.
But it's also becoming more widely available to everyday
sufferers of chronic pain.
Martie Salt has the details on this 'cool' treatment.
TWENTY-NINE-YEAR-OLD JERMAINE TAYLOR DRIBBLED
ball going through hoop :01
AND SCORED HIS WAY TO THE N-B-A.
BUT A KNEE INJURY HAD HIM SIDELINED VERY EARLY IN
Second game of the season, I did a move and came down,
landed on my leg wrong.
WANTING TO GET BACK IN THE GAME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE,
TAYLOR WENT TO LORRIE JAGO jay-GO, A LICENSED PRACTICAL
NURSE AND EXPERT IN CRYOTHERAPY.
Cryotherapy is the use of extreme cold temperatures
to stimulate healing throughout your body.
A PERSON IS PLACED IN A SPECIAL CHAMBER WITH TEMPERATURES
AS LOW AS NEGATIVE 240 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT, FOR THREE
This triggers a reaction in your nervous system, your
sensory receptors in your skin sends signals to your
brain that you are in trouble.
This sets off a whole chain of events inside your
nervous system that go to healing.
BUT HOW EFFECTIVE IS CRYOTHERAPY IN THE HEALING PROCESS?
MORE RESEARCH IS NEEDED TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION, BUT
TAYLOR SAYS IT'S WORKING FOR HIM.
It's just three minutes of being uncomfortable, but
as soon as you get out, you feel the relief right
GETTING TAYLOR BACK TO THE GAME THAT HE HAS LOVED,
FOR MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS.
I'M MARTIE SALT, REPORTING.