Cryotherapy has been used since the 1700s in a variety of ways for its health benefits. This procedure, which involves the use of cold temperatures, is still used by many these days, to reduce pain and muscle spasms, slow down the ageing process, improve recovery and enhance general health. Continue reading “Long Term Effects of Whole Body Cryotherapy”
What Type of People Use Cryotherapy
What Are the Key Benefits of Cryotherapy?
The healing properties of cold temperatures for injuries have been known for thousands of years. Sportspeople and athletes, in particular, have been using ice packs and cold treatments for a long time to aid recovery. Continue reading “Who Uses Cryotherapy?”
Here are some of the questions that most people ask about cryotherapy and the answers: Continue reading “Frequently Asked Questions on Cryotherapy”
Many elite athletes swear by cryotherapy for its benefits in recovery after injury and exercise, but whole body cryotherapy doesn’t just help with sports related injuries. Continue reading “Reasons To Try Whole Body Cryotherapy”
What is whole body cryotherapy? It’s basically a procedure wherein an individual walks into or immerses himself/herself into an air frozen chamber where the temperature could be as low as -150 degrees Celsius. Continue reading “Cold Facts On Whole Body Cryotherapy”
Cryotherapy may be defined as the treatment of pain by use of freezing temperature. This extremely cold temperature is used to dampen a nerve that is irritated by the pain. The therapy may also be used to treat certain cancers. In addition to this, cryotherapy is also used by dermatologists during the treatment of abnormal skin cells.
How Cryotherapy Is Carried Out
During this process, a kind of probe is inserted into the tissue that is adjacent to the nerve that is affected by the extreme pain. The probe that is inserted, then automatically lowers its temperature to freezing mode. As a result, the affected nerve becomes inactive. In turn, this ensures that the irritation, as well as the pain of the nerve, are relieved.
Cryotherapy may also be carried out in a sauna-like chamber known as the cryotherapy unit, cryosauna or cryotherapy chamber. This is also referred to as whole-body cryotherapy. However, these chambers use nitrogen in liquid form to carry out the process. The liquid nitrogen is found in the chamber and their temperatures are lowered to as low as -160 degrees.
The whole cryotherapy session should be carried out by an experienced, certified and trained cryotherapy technician. If the process is carried out in a chamber, then the participant wear gloves, slippers, and socks or even briefs. However, you are strongly advised not to apply any moisture promoting the product to your skin an hour before the procedure. Additionally, you should not have any jewellery, makeup or metal wear.
Steps of Cryotherapy
During the first step toxins and other harmful substances are expected to be extracted from your blood. That is during the initial stage, which takes place between two to three minutes. During this process, the extreme cold and freezing temperatures are expected to work with your body’s physiology to produce the desired detox and numbing effect.
During the second step, the body’s physiology now tries to normalize itself. However, it does this with cleansed blood, which is filled with nutrients, oxygen, and other vital organisms. This rich blood comes courtesy of cryotherapy. In this stage, your body also warms itself up. However, for your body to fully recover, it will need a time frame of approximately 48 hours.
That is the last step, which can also be called the restoration step. That is because, throughout this period, your body completely restores itself to how it was before albeit in a healthier manner. Moreover, the process will also promote more energy levels in your body.
Conditions That Cryotherapy Treats
Cryotherapy is known to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, extreme back pain, fibromyalgia, muscle trains, rheumatoid arthritis, as well as tendinitis. Renowned sports personalities have used this therapy to relieve their bodies from extreme pain and fatigue which sporting activities bring. If you have a condition that you want to treat using cryotherapy, ensure you discuss it with the person administering or assisting with your treatment. It is always recommended consulting a doctor before you use any type of therapy.
Saracens Rugby Club, the current holders of the Premiership and European Champions Cup, have delivered an early Christmas present to their players in the form of a CryoAction transportable cryotherapy chamber. The unit was installed at the club’s training ground, in time for the Christmas Eve fixture with Newcastle Falcons.
The chamber is the largest installed by CryoAction, the leaders in supplying cryotherapy chambers to elite sports, and is capable of delivering treatments to 5-6 players. The cryotherapy chamber offers an extreme cold modality, with the players experiencing temperatures as low as -160°C for a period of 3 minutes. The treatment enables Saracens’ players to quickly recover from the fatigue and intensity of the modern game of rugby as well as helping them to resist injuries and boosting their ability resist infections and increase the quality of sleep.
CryoAction’s team worked closely with Saracens’ operations and medical teams to ensure the transfer of best practice from the company’s other installation at clients such as Premier League champions, Leicester City, Everton Football Club and others. The integration of cryotherapy into Saracens’ match preparation and recovery protocols will be the subject of co-operation between the staff and CryoAction personnel.
CryoAction director, David Morris, commented, “We are delighted to welcome Saracens to our growing list of elite sports clients. To have the current Premiership and European Champions Cup holders, integrating a CryoAction unit is a tremendous validation of our position as the leading provider of cryotherapy and is testimony to the work that we have done to develop the leading technology supported by leading partnerships with the experts in the sector”.
CryoAction worked in conjunction with their partners, BOC, to facilitate the deployment. In collaborating, the companies ensured that Saracens will enjoy the advantage of leading technology and services, underpinned by support services and total compliance with safety standards.
For more information about CryoAction please visit www.cryoaction.com to learn more about their bespoke fixed units for integration into existing facilities as well as transportable or mobile solutions. Purchase costs start from £500 a week, with other units available for short term or long term rental.