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Athletes from Nike are Benefiting from Cryotherapy

For years, pro athletes have resorted to ice baths to speed up their recovery. Today there’s another option. Whole body cryotherapy subjects the body to temperatures as cold as negative 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Dathan Ritzenhein, a 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathoner who competes professionally for Nike, regularly undergoes cryotherapy sessions to treat tissue damage, reduce inflammation, and provide a boost of energy.

Cryosauna is designed to cool the skin to about 32 degrees

Ritzenhein entered the mental cylinder early on a Saturday, just one day before he was set to run the New York City Marathon. Sporting only compression shorts, socks, gloves, and a hat, he stood in the chamber as it was cooled with nitrogen vapors to a bone-chilling negative 275 degrees. The cryosauna is designed to cool the skin to about 32 degrees with a half-a-millimeter depth. During the treatment, the blood rushes to internal organs. After the two-and-a-half minute session, the nutrient and oxygen-rich blood rushes back throughout the muscles and simultaneously repairs damaged tissue.

Cryotherapy is a highly-effective tool for athletes who desire fast recovery from pains and injuries

Ritzenhein describes it as “standing in front of a freezer for a really long time”. While the process is a little shocking to the system, cryotherapy is reasonably safe when performed in a professional establishment with a certified technician. If you fail to move around as instructed, mild frostbite is usually your biggest risk. If you can bear the cold, cryotherapy acts as a highly-effective training tool for athletes who desire fast recovery from pains and injuries.

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What is Whole Body Cryotherapy? And How Does it Help?

Cryotherapy promises pain relief, enhanced energy, and weight loss. It’s also an effective way to speed up recovery following an intense workout or sports injury. The popular treatment involves standing in a special chamber that exposes the body to freezing temperatures. The chilling environment has an instant anti-inflammatory effect that reduces swelling, boosts metabolism, improves sleep, and makes skin appear younger and smoother.

“Cryotherapy promises pain relief, enhanced energy, and weight loss”

When you step into a cryotherapy chamber, liquid nitrogen is released to reach temperatures as low as negative 250 degrees Fahrenheit. The treatment lasts just two to three minutes, which is just enough time to cool your surface temperature without affecting your body’s core temperature. As your surface temperature plummets, blood and oxygen rushes to your vital organs in attempt to keep your core temperature up. Once you step out of the cryotherapy chamber, the richly-oxygenated blood rushes back to your extremities.

“Cryotherapy is an effective way to speed up recovery following an intense workout or sports injury”

Whole body cryotherapy first emerged in Japan in 1978. It was first used for rheumatoid arthritis but was later adopted in Europe for the use of physical therapy and sports training. Since then, athletes at all fitness levels have adopted the growing technology to provide faster pain relief and help them perform at their best.

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Fort Lauderdale Cryotherapy Center

(954) 854-2524

All About Whole Body Cryotherapy

Do you want to alleviate muscle soreness, improve circulation, or even boost your immune system? With cryotherapy, you can. Practiced in parts of Japan and Europe for more than three decades, whole body cryotherapy involves immersing the body in a chamber where the temperature drops to 200 degrees below zero. After just two to four minutes in the chamber, the treatment is complete.

How Does Cryotherapy Work?

If you’ve ever twisted an ankle, you know that applying something cold to the injury is highly-effective for pain, swelling, and inflammation. The same concept applies here. A whole body cryotherapy chamber is essentially a big cold box, helping to relieve muscle soreness and aid in the recovery of injuries. It has been used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis in Japan since the late 70s.

Is Cryotherapy Safe?

During a cryotherapy session, a person stands in a chamber as liquid nitrogen-chilled air quickly reduces the temperature. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. In fact, it’s the same nitrogen that makes up 78 percent of the air we breathe. Clients are typically provided with socks, slippers, and gloves to prevent discomfort. Whole body cryotherapy is considered safe if you follow time recommendations and provide complete disclosure during pre-screening.

What are The Benefits of Cryotherapy?

Exposing the body to extremely cold temperature for just a few short minutes has been found highly effective in treating chronic pain, fatigue, skin conditions, inflammation, and sports injuries. If you have a pain that just won’t go away, experience the benefits of whole body cryotherapy.

Cryotherapy Induced Athletic Performance and Recovery

For decades, cold therapy has been commonly used as a procedure to relieve pain symptoms, particularly in inflammation, injuries and overuse symptoms.  In sports medicine, Cryotherapy has gained wider acceptance as a recovery modality from muscle injuries by significantly alleviating inflammation after strenuous exercise by inducing an anti-inflammatory effect.

Intense training, overuse and/or insufficient recovery have been known to cause muscle fatigue, injury, and immune compromise. Therefore, achieving the optimal balance between training and recovery is crucial in maximizing performance and avoiding the dreaded “plateau” of any fitness or weight loss program. Which all too often has left many frustrated and unmotivated, as It seems harder and harder to get the energy to lose those last few pounds or crush your strength goals. Cryotherapy can help blow through your plateau to achieve and accede your health and fitness endeavor.

Pre-Workout

Cryotherapy has been shown to burn 500-800 calories per session. This is optimal to help prime your body prior to your workout for increased energy, vitality, metabolic rate and fat burning. Cryotherapy before your workout, race or game can increase your performance as well as aid in a faster recovery.

Post-Workout

Inflammation is a cell and tissue response to insult or injury. Chemical signals released by damaged cells result in dilation of blood vessels, swelling, accumulation of white blood cells and warming of tissue. Cryotherapy promotes anti-inflammatory properties, which decrease soreness in a post-workout state as well as provide pain relief by constricting the blood vessels. Cryotherapy also elicits the ‘fight or flight’ response, which not only decreases inflammation but also affects your body’s perception of symptomatic pain.

Additional Reported Benefits

  • Decreased muscle soreness
  • Psychological competitive edge
  • Decreased injury recovery time
  • Quicker recovery from workouts, practice, and games
  • Increased blood and lymph circulation
  • Boost immune system

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