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How Cryotherapy Helps Athletes

How Cryotherapy Helps Athletes

Everyone from Lebron James to Floyd Mayweather have touted the benefits of using cryotherapy to help them recovery quicker and feel better. And they would know about aching muscles and joints. But why are athletes and celebrities alike, so high on this seemingly new treatment?

Cryotherapy has been around for awhile

First of all, cryo treatment is nothing new. it’s been used for decades in Japan and other Asian countries, but historically, cold treatment has been used for healing for thousands of years in the Nordic countries, to not only revitalize the body, but also reduce illness and perhaps even extend the average lifespan. After all, northern Europeans are among the healthiest people in the world. There ancient version of cryotherapy was more like sitting in an ice bath, but the effect is similar to modern day treatments, just a little more painful.

Recovery times are increased with a session in the cryo chamber

Simply put, athletes and celebrities alike are raving about cryotherapy due to the seemingly healing nature of the process. Aching muscles go away and a person will feel more alive and refreshed from even just one visit. Top athletes will do 2 to 3 sessions per week to stay in peak performance, due to the nature of the physical demands placed on their bodies. In order to gain every advantage that they can, they are constantly seeking out new ways to gain that competitive edge, and cryo spas seem to help in that way. In fact, many professional sports teams now have their own personal cryotherapy chambers in the locker rooms for the athletes to use as needed. They have gotten rave reviews thus far from athletes, so I would expect more teams to embrace this treatment in the future as well.

One study has shown that the cellular reproduction of an active person can be cut in half with regular use of cryo treatments, 2 to 3 times per week. However, there are other studies that have doubted whether or not cryotherapy does anything at all. It most certainly does however, give a rush of endorphins to the brain, which give off that “feel good” feeling to people, much in the same way caffeine can. That may translate into a person feeling less ┬ápain, which could be an explanation for people feeling less achy after a session. Regardless, celebrities and athletes have been flocking to this new treatment for the last couple of years, and it’s only at the beginning stages of its popularity. I would expect a rise in cryotherapy spas around the country, as more and more people hear about this fascinating medical advance.

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