You know that when you have sore muscles and joints, you put an ice pack on it or sit in an ice bath. The cold temperature helps reduce swelling and inflammation so you can recover faster.
There’s a new trend that has really risen in popularity lately that takes cold therapy to a whole new level. Perhaps you’ve seen it on social media recently, as it is has become quite widespread among elite athletes. Of course, I’m talking about cryogenic therapy, sometimes called Whole Body Cryotherapy or “WBC” for short.
So what is this all about, and how can it help you recover faster?
What is Cryotherapy?
Let’s first talk about why you would want to use this in the first place. The philosophy is simple. Recovering faster helps you get back to your workouts more often and lift heavier weights, push out more reps, and get more cardio in since you have less downtime between trips to the gym.
The way it works is almost like some space-age technology. It was invented in Japan in the 1970’s but it wasn’t until recently that it really hit the big time in the U.S. You may have noticed a clinic pop up near you, as they have really grown in number.
It’s basically a version of jumping into a garbage can filled with ice, and only lasts three minutes! Could you spare three minutes to help your body recover faster? Of course, you can!
What you do is get into a chamber that is pumped with nitrogen gas. Remember those liquid nitrogen experiments you did in science lab back in school? It’s like that pretty much (minus the frostbite). The freezing gas encapsulates your entire body and causes the blood to rush out of your limbs and into your core. The purpose of this is to warm up and protect your vital organs and oxygenate the blood.
Once you get out of the nitrogen chamber, the blood flows back immediately to the limbs and gives you a tingly feeling. Here is where the magic happens. When the oxygenated blood circulates through your limbs it helps to repair injured cells and heals your muscles and joints.
The temperature inside the chamber ranges from -166 degrees to -260 degrees Fahrenheit. Yep, that’s cold! A typical session lasts anywhere from 90 seconds to 3 minutes. During your session, you will experience short bursts of nitrogen gas for a few moments at a time. Afterward, users report that they are much less sore the next day after their workout.
Where to Find One Near You
As mentioned above, there are tons of these types of clinics popping up everywhere, so certainly there’s one near you these days. Just do a quick Google search for one in your area and book your first visit! Most of them have specials on your first session. If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably be hooked at that point!
Since starting this kind of service, I have noticed that my muscles recover so much more quickly. I’ve also rarely had any injuries since then as well, as it strengthens my muscles and joints. Even if you’re not a workout warrior or elite athlete, the reduction in inflammation and pain can be beneficial to anyone. I definitely recommend giving it a try sometime!
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