Cryotherapy is used throughout the world by both the general public and more recently athletes.
Cryotherapy was invented by the Japanese in the late 70’s for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis and has been used as a common procedure in many countries for this purpose.
Recently in light of clinical studies, many top level sporting clubs have adopted the practice to ensure their players were well recovered between training and post matches, as well as utilizing the process to aid in the recovery of their injured players. The latest sporting club to attest the procedure is the highly publicized EPL champions Leicester City Football Club who came from a 5000 to 1 chance to win the EPL.
With professional sport such a big business in this day and age, sportspeople and teams are going to greater lengths to ensure that their bodies are as fit as possible. A few years ago, sports recovery would be an occasionally mentioned term; now it is an extremely common one – sport can have a massive effect on the body and athletes look for any way to enable their body to recover. Recently, a recovery technique known as cryotherapy has made headlines as many believe it to be one of the best ways to help your body to recover from its exertions.
A very elementary use of cryotherapy can be used to illustrate why cryotherapy can be useful in sports recovery. When one bangs their head, what is the first thing one does? They get an icepack or perhaps a bag of frozen peas and apply this to the area affected by the bang. Crudely put, this is cryotherapy. Many will know how beneficial it is to apply something cold to a bump can be, and the same applies to the bumps, bruises and muscular issues caused by intense activity in a sporting context.
The Cryosauna uses gasiform nitrogen to lower the client's skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of two-three minutes. The Cryochamber is cooled using liquid nitrogen but clients are not in direct contact with the gas.
The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that acts as a stimulant to the regulatory functions of the body. It produces the scanning of all areas that may not be working to their fullest potential. The skin exposure to the extreme temperatures also triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins.
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