There is nothing new about using cold therapy to relieve pain and inflammation caused by sports injuries and overuse. From Scandinavia to North America, it has been practiced for centuries to reduce pain and inflammation. In the 1970s, Japanese professor Toshima Yamauchi introduced a form of whole body cold-exposure and coined the term whole body cryotherapy (WBC) as a method to treat rheumatoid arthritis. After demonstrating a variety of benefits, it gradually gained mainstream acceptance across the world to not only facilitate recovery among athletes, but also to improve overall organ function and body performance. 

Joint and ligament pain is most often associated with inflammation. Exposure to sub-zero temperatures enhances the body's circulation process, pushing oxygen through your system and calming inflammation and reducing pain in the affected regions.