What is cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a form of treatment that uses cold temperatures to therapeutic effect. It can be used locally, in a highly targeted way, or more generally, to trigger your whole body to respond in a certain way.

Whole-body cryotherapy immerses your entire body in extremely low temperatures for a few minutes. This can offer health benefits for your whole body. The treatment uses extremely low temperatures (below minus 80 degrees centigrade) to stimulate the body.

During a session, you enter the pod in a swimming costume or shorts and t-shirt, along with socks, gloves and mouth and ear protection that your physiotherapist will provide. The cold air in pod cools the skin to around five degrees Celsius, triggering the release of endorphins and inducing the body’s natural pain relief system.

This process can relieve pain and inflammation associated with various injuries. It is increasingly used by elite athletes to aid recovery, condition muscles and get the most out of their training.


Two members of FVLC staff, Stephen McBride (left) and Cian Rooney, about to undergo a session. Both lads are GAA County players, Stephen for Senior Hurling, Cian for Minor Football, and they find the treatment great for bumps, bruises and any long term injuries.