According to a study done on 23 participants (37 to 70 years old), whole body cryotherapy can be used to treat anxiety and depression .
In this research study, participants were treated to 10 whole body cryotherapy procedures, each session lasting 2 minutes and 40 seconds at temperatures of -150°C or -238°F for a total test duration of 2 weeks.
The participants were selected randomly from a larger group of depressed day hospital patients. Both study groups were able to continue taking their medications. The 21 Item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS) was used to measure their symptoms at the beginning and the end.
Results show that almost every single participant’s HDRS score along with the overall score for all patients were significantly lowered after the treatments of Whole Body Cryotherapy. The study then concludes that cryotherapy indeed has a considerably positive affect on relieving patients suffering from depression from the symptoms of depression.
1. Rymaszewska J, Tulczynski A, Zagrobelny Z, Kiejna A, Hadrys T. Influence of whole body cryotherapy on depressive symptoms—preliminary report. Acta Neuropsychiatrica. 2003;15(3):122–128. [PubMed]