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Why Every Athlete Needs Whole Body Cryotherapy!

Floyd Mayweather Cryotherapy

While working out is important to stay healthy, the recovery process used after is just as important. Pushing ourselves physically but not allowing our bodies the time to rest and heal takes a toll on our overall health and makes it more difficult to have the motivation to keep pushing. Whether your pain stems from rigorous workout regime or demanding work schedule. Why Athletes Cryotherapy? it's one of the best ways to give your body the boost it needs to get back to your workout routine. 

The all natural treatment of Cryotherapy has been used for recovery worldwide for over 40 years. By submerging your body in a chamber full of air which has been cooled with cryogenic technology, your body becomes exposed to a myriad of positive effects.  The -300°F climate promotes vasoconstriction, which flushes the extremities of blood helping blood flow and reducing inflammation in the muscles. This is caused by the body’s natural reaction to the extreme drop of temperature.

 TMZ Sports - Floyd Mayweather at -270 F

Why Athletes Cryotherapy

While torturous ice baths have been the traditional method of recovery for athletes, Cryotherapy is becoming the new norm for sports team all over the world.

Considering that regular use of cryotherapy cuts recovery times down dramatically and allows athletes to train harder and more frequently, it is no wonder athletes can’t get enough of it. Cristiano Ronaldo even bought a personal cryotherapy chamber to use in his house for recovery. The Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trailblazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves all have cryotherapy chambers installed in their training facilities to use before and after training in order to recover more efficiently. Sports teams have even been known to use localized cryotherapy during games to reduce inflammation of injuries for athletes to stay in the game.

Fighter in Cryochamber

If an Athlete has any sort of injury cryotherapy works to reduce the inflammation which allows for the body to heal itself and stay away from harmful pain killers. Athletes use cryotherapy for a number of reasons:

Jump start immunity
Release endorphins for better sleep
Reduce inflammation
Be able to train harder since they are no longer in pain
Quick energy boost
With all of the daily stressors of life taking its toll on our bodies, a holistic side effect free approach like Cryotherapy is one of the best ways you can take care of yourself.

Check out The Science of Cryotherapy for yourself

GSP Cryotherapy
GSP - George Saint Pierre using Cryotherapy

The 2 Biggest Benefits for Athletes

Though the Benefits of Cryotherapy are many, there are 2 benefits in particular that are key to athletic performance (there is arguably a 3rd but we’ll get to that later)

The first is Vasoconstriction, we briefly mentioned this above-your body pulls blood from your outer extremities to your inner core in order to protect your internal organs from the cold-sacrificing your limbs i exchange for the good of the body (This is how Hypothermia happens in normal cases). In doing this your body pulls the hormones and blood in swollen areas back to your core-effectively reducing swelling & Pain (since some of the hormones active in a swollen area actually cause your nerve ending to be more sensitive).

The Second is the Hormonal Response of the body to the extreme temperatures in the Cryochamber, your body anticipates that some form of damage will be done, either to your extremities, or worse your internal organs. Because of this it preemptively releases several hormones known for their tissue repairing benefits, some of these are Testosterone, Human Growth Hormone (HGH), & Insulin (this is also why Cryotherapy can help diabetes patients), it acts similarly to a natural steroids, and can help you recovery up to 3x’s faster, as well as put a bit of extra muscle on your body.

More importantly though it allows you to get back to the gym sooner without the fear of overtraining holding your back, and with that, you an train even more, and further your athletic Performance.

If you have any questions on why Athletes Cryotherapy feel free to message us on the contact page, and if you’re looking for additional articles to read we recommend How Often You Should Use Cryotherapy

Recover faster wtih Cryo

As far as the third Benefit  for why Athletes Cryotherapy we mentioned goes, it has to do with Energy Production-you see when your in the Cryochamber your body is forced to make a rapid adjustment and produce heat to keep you warm.

It does this in 2 ways, the first is by shivering-the muscles tense and release, generating heat in the process. The Second, is through your metabolism, you see your body has 2 kinds of fats it uses, the first is white fat, the common oily substance we all fight to keep off us, the second is what’s known as “Brown Fat” which is essentially a more readily usable form of white fat-your body must immediately use this special storage to keep you warm, and since you have less of it after your session, your body is forced to make more, moving some of the less useful white fat into the more mitochondria dense brown fat.

So to recap, the main athletic Benefits are:

1.Vasoconstriction (the reduction of pain & inflammation)
2. Hormonal Response (Testosterone, Human Growth Hormone, Insulin, Etc)
3. Energy (More active Metabolism)

We hope you enjoyed this Article on Why Athletes Cryotherapy, and hope to see you at IceHouse sometime soon, Till then


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