Does cryotherapy even work? Is it even worth it? Here I will explain what the treatment is supposed to do and the benefits for athletes, and I will be sharing my experience with the treatment.
What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy, which means “cold therapy,” is a technique that involves standing in a cold chamber, and your body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for several minutes. This treatment is supposed to help with recovery time and pain relief.
The average cost for one session is $25
The Benefits Of Cryotherapy For Athletes
The Benefits of the Whole Body Cryotherapy include:
- Faster recovery times
- Reduced inflammation
- Pain relief
- Repairing tissue
- Boosts immune system
Cryotherapy allows a faster recovery that will enable athletes to have a consistent and frequent training schedule that is key to skill development and the utmost performance. If you’re an Athlete with weak recovery and numerous injuries and are unable to practice with the proper frequency and are unable to reach our optimum performance level. I recommend starting Cryo after every intense workout.
Scientists backs up the idea that cryotherapy supports better recovery after intense workouts, especially if you hop in the chamber immediately after hitting the gym.
2. Helps With Inflammation And Pain Relief.
Muscle aches and soft tissue pain is generally the result of inflammation caused by damaged cells. WBC stimulates circulation, and as blood flows through your body, it brings with it healing agents like oxygen and other nutrients. By purifying your blood, soft tissue heals extremely fast, and most patients report reduced pain immediately after using Cryo.
3. Helps With Tissue Damage.
Small tears and strains are a natural byproduct of being an athlete. An injury must heal quickly and naturally to continue performing at a high level. WBC increases circulation by the body to ultra-cooled air, purifying the blood, and transporting nutrients and oxygen to the body’s soft tissue. Cyro accelerates healing, which allows you to reach your body’s ultimate potential.
4. Can Cryo Help You Lose Weight?
Did you know the WBC can help you lose weight without you having to work out? I know, when I heard the news I was shocked.
The theory behind cryotherapy for weight loss is that cold temperatures force your body to work hard – aka burn calories – to stay warm. Cryotherapy spas claim a single session burns hundreds of calories and that repeated use can boost your metabolism, helping you burn more calories all-day.
One Whole Body Cryotherapy session has been known to burn between 500 and 800 calories. That’s many calories that get burned by standing in a tube for 3 minutes! That many calories is equivalent to running for 40-60 minutes at a 10-minute mile pace.
My Experience- Was it Good or Bad?
I heard about Cryo through a teammate of mine. We just got done with our three games that day at an AAU tournament, and she offered to take the team to a cryo session, and so we did.
When we got to the Cryo place it seemed to be very relaxing, they had a waiting room/compression room where they had reclining chairs that you can easily fall asleep in and a tv so you can watch whatever you want. In the next room, they have the Cryo Chamber, which is where the treatment takes place.
When you go into the chamber room, they inform you of what to do while they wait outside. What you have to do is take your shirt and shorts off and put on gloves and boots that have fur inside to prevent frostbite, then they tell you to walk into the chamber and ring the bell so that they know you are ready for them to come in and begin.
When we as a team were watching each other’s treatment begin one by one, they were jumping around and dancing in the chamber to stay warm while we all laughed at one another, it was entertaining. When I got into the chamber, it was extremely cold, and I was jumping and dancing around too.
The treatment only took three minutes, but the first time I did it, it felt like forever. Once the three minutes were up, they stepped out of the room, and I was able to change back into my clothes. When I got out of the chamber, my whole body felt numb and cold, and I had goosebumps all over my body. After I got dressed, I went to the waiting room to relax and wait for my other teammates to finish.
As I was waiting, I began to thaw out and get instant relief and felt calm and relaxed. I felt excellent and not sore or exhausted. The next day I woke up and did not feel any pain, and it felt like I hadn’t just played three games the day before. I was in shock and relieved because after you play one game, let alone three games in a day, your body takes a toll on you, and the next day you wake up extremely sore. My experience with Whole Body Cryotherapy was amazing, and I recommend it to any athlete out there.
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