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.