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Numerous Olympic athletes have used Cryotherapy to advantage. Cryotherapy can be used prior to workouts to increase energy and to take advantage of the increased metabolic rate

, but can also be used for the pain management that’s necessary after strenuous workouts and competitions.

DECREASED RECOVERY TIME:

Intensive training schedules combined with insufficient recovery time can cause muscle fatigue, injury, and inflammatory responses. Achieving a balance between training and recovery is crucial in maximizing performance. Cryotherapy has been shown to significantly improve this balance due to its ability to shorten recovery time. Cryotherapy alleviates inflammation after strenuous exercise by cooling and rejuvenating over-stressed muscles.
This concept is not new. Trainers are very familiar with cold therapy as a recovery treatment for injured muscles either through the localized application of cold packs – I.C.E (immobilization. cooling. elevation) – or through the grueling process of ice baths when a full body impact is required. Whatever level you are training at, Cryotherapy can help you to recover faster and with fewer painful side effects.

DECREASED SORENESS:
Cryotherapy also reduces delayed onset muscle soreness. The stiffness and soreness that following day after a good workout is reduced by a timely session in the CryoSauna and recovery time is significantly shortened. Athletes and workout enthusiasts have long known that cold constricts the blood vessels and helps reduce inflammation caused by the normal tissue response to heavy use. The Cryotherapy chamber provides a modern alternative to painful ice baths with a greater effect than can safely be managed with ice. The intensity of the treatment also affects the body’s perception of pain, thus working on numerous levels.

US' Dremiel Byers throws China's Liu Deli in a men's 120 kg Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)