You want the best for your athletes. You want them to feel their best so they can perform their best and ultimately win big. Cryotherapy can be just the thing to do this for them. Here’s everything you need to know about cryotherapy for athletes.
It’s not just an ice bath
You’ve probably had your athletes recover by sitting in ice baths or icing their injuries in the past. It’s time to say goodbye to this technique. While it may help relieve pain and reduce swelling, it simply can’t stand up to cryotherapy.
Cryotherapy takes the same premise of cold therapy such as ice baths and icing but goes above and beyond to provide long-lasting effects. The body’s reaction to being submerged in low temperatures during an ice bath is drastically different from the body’s reaction to the temperatures you’ll see in a cryo chamber. While an ice bath may cool the body down to about 45°F, a cryotherapy session reaches lower than -270°F.
In an ice bath, the body struggles with penetrating physical cold versus signals from skin cold sensors that it experiences in a cryo chamber. During a cryotherapy session, the body constricts peripheral tissues, sending blood from the skin surface, muscle tissue, and surrounding joint space to the core to protect the core temperature.
Simply put, it’s safer and more effective for your athletes.
It’s not a one-and-done
Depending on your athletes’ individual conditions, we recommend multiple sessions for several days as they first begin using cryotherapy. It’s never meant to be a one-time solution or something that athletes use only after training.
If your athletes are experiencing any chronic pain, we recommend a very regular routine of cryotherapy once or twice a day, every day for the first few weeks. After they begin seeing results and learning how it affects them, we recommend switching to a few times a week. However, most athletes love how the cryotherapy chamber makes them feel before, during, and after a workout, so they’ll naturally want to continue using it regularly.
Cryotherapy isn’t like an ice bath or massage where you only need it after an injury or workout; when done regularly, cryotherapy can help increase athletes’ strength, stamina, and overall performance.
It’s not as bad as you think
You or your athletes may feel intimidated looking at a cryo chamber. Imagining yourself in temperatures reaching hundreds of degrees below zero doesn’t sound fun. But cryotherapy isn’t as bad as you think.
The cryo chamber doesn’t actually freeze muscle tissue, it just creates a very powerful illusion that the body is freezing. Plus, athletes can significantly cut down the amount of time needed in the cryo chamber versus the amount of time it takes to see results from icing. Almost immediately after walking out of the cryo chamber, the blood flow back to the tissues warms the muscles, so you don’t have to worry about freezing for too long!
If you still have questions about cryotherapy or any of the other recovery modalities we supply, reach out to us here: 214-360-7468. We’re ready to partner with you and supply your athletes with the recovery they need in order to perform their best.