Subzero temperatures to reduce inflammation and promote recovery
What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is the local or general use of low temperatures to help promote wellness that dates back to ancient civilizations. Historically Cryotherapy has included the use of ice packs on a localized portion of the body, such as the lower back or ice baths used on larger surface areas or the whole body, particularly by athletes.
When you enter the Cryosauna or Cryochamber, the sudden drop in temperature signals the brain to send the body’s blood supply to the torso to insulate and protect vital organs, which is why you may feel a pins and needles sensation in your extremities. When you exit the chamber, blood is pumped vigorously back around the body, which increases your oxygen and nutrient supply and the removal of toxins. The cold also triggers the nervous system to release ‘feel good’ endorphins, while your body’s natural anti-inflammatory reaction to sub-zero temperatures results in pain reduction.
How Cryotherapy Works?
During a 2-to-3-minute session at the temperature can range from -160F to -240F, blood vessels in your skin’s surface and muscle tissue constrict, forcing blood away from the peripheral tissues and toward your core. In the core, the body’s natural filtration system works to remove toxins and inflammatory properties of the blood. After exiting the Cryochamber, ﬁltered blood flows back to the peripheral tissues. Now, cleaner and enriched with oxygen, nutrients and enzymes – the blood warms and enriches skin and muscles, and range of motion increases.
Who should not use Cryotherapy?
While cryotherapy is generally safe, there are several conditions that are contraindicated for its use, including:
How often can I use Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy treatment can be performed 2-3 times a week for optimum results. Along with this it can been done 2x in one day, but this is only encouraged for those in heavy training or rehabilitating an injury.
What to do post treatment?
After the treatment, you’re encouraged to ride the studio’s stationary bike; engaging in moderate cardiovascular exercise stimulates blood flow and enhances the treatment. Over the next 48 hours, the process of restoration occurs and the body returns to a former and better state or condition with reduced pain and inflammation, and increased energy levels. Recovery times from strenuous workouts and injury are improved and shortened.
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