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Cryo Therapy as a Recovery Tool – Should Athletes Use Cryo?

By January 18, 2016Blog, Cryotherapy
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There are a ton of medical benefits to cryo therapy, making it popular among all types of people. One of the biggest of these benefits is for muscle recovery. It’s even more beneficial for athletes who use their bodies in a highly active way during training, competing, or actual games they play. You’ve probably heard of athletes doing the archaic ice bath a time or two. Today though, athletes can get the same benefits that they did from an hour long ice bath, in a 2 minute hop in the cryo spa.

Anyone who is healthy and active can benefit from cryotherapy sessions, and that’s why thrIVe Drip Spa in Houston has been such a hit. This treatment has been used for decades since the early 70s in Europe, but is just now making a big impact on those who use it in the United States. If you’re into total body optimization, adding a cryo therapy session to your training regimen is easily something you should consider.

The Science Behind Cryotherapy Today

The way that cryo therapy works is simple. In a “cryo spa” a single person chamber is used, you enter the Cryo sauna that is cooled down by a liquid form of nitrogen. Your head and neck are sticking out of the chamber, so that you are breathing room temperature air. Then it allows the surface of the rest of your body to cool down by 30-50 degrees in the three minutes that you are in the extremely cold space. The air alone is chilled to -184 degrees.

Don’t worry though, you don’t have to do the full three minutes. You can build your way up from 30 seconds to three minutes after a few treatments. It just depends on what you can handle. Keep in mind though that your core temperature is not affected, so it’s completely safe. What your body does is response to the cryotherapy is simply amazing. Not only does it release feel good endorphins, burn calories, kick start your metabolism, but it also promotes pain management and muscle rehabilitation when they are sore after sports activity.

Athletes Love Cryo therapy

It’s no surprise given what we’ve discussed that athletes are loving cryotherapy. It’s become a “hot trend” in the spa world that is cool for anyone to try out. Not that athletes have a huge weight management problem, but it does promote weight loss by burning a high number of calories during each session, and rev up the metabolism into high gear.

Simply put, a simple few minute session can assist in the overall training regimen that many athletes subscribe to by promoting healthy muscle tissue, and causing you to lose fat cells in the process. If you’re not trying to shed major wait, it’s a very least a great way for wrestlers and gymnasts to drop a weight class in a pinch.

Celeb Trends: Cryo Therapy for Recovery

Star athletes who are in peak physical condition have said that they like the benefits of this specialized medispa treatment after a tough game. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers have said that they have used cryotherapy to help heal injuries they sustain on the court as professional basketball players.

If it’s good enough for “The King” it should be good enough for regular athletes everywhere who want to up their recovery process faster after intense activity. Some pro basketball teams have even invested in their own cryotherapy chambers to utilize for their athletes on a regular basis during the hard playing season.

In other sports such as boxing, one of the greatest athletes in the world right now is Floyd Mayweather Jr. He is an advocate of cryotherapy for all the benefits that it provides to him after the injuries he sustains in the rink, or during intense training. Think about how you would ice a muscle injury after playing a certain sport. That’s how cryotherapy benefits your entire body with taking this simple concept to an extremely cool level of effectiveness.

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