No matter whether you’re pressing weights or sliding into home base, there are bound to be injuries and soreness from giving it your own in the pursuit of athletic perfection. Those aching joints and muscle pain are badges of the effort you put out that aren’t always welcome…probably never welcomed. They can interfere with both daily life and your next physical endeavor. It’s one reason many sports teams use cryotherapy to help ease the pain of a tough game. Cryotherapy for athletes is available in Riverside and Corona, CA, so you can experience the pain relief that the professional receive.
How does cryotherapy work?
It’s mind-numbing cold that makes it work. The temperatures in the cryochamber drop between -200 degrees Fahrenheit and -256 degrees Fahrenheit. That bone chilling cold is experienced for about three minutes then you exit the tank. What’s amazing, is that it really doesn’t feel that cold. It’s cold, but not painfully cold like sitting in a tub of ice for hours and it does the same job in a fraction of the time.
The processes that take place in your body from the cold is what brings relief.
The cold stimulates the brain to send hormones that make the changes in the body that cause the blood vessels to constrict near the surface of the skin to prevent the blood from cooling too much. It sends it deep into the body where it goes through the cycling of cleansing and then saturating with oxygen and nutrients. When you step out of the cryochamber, it sends that oxygen and nutrient rich blood to all the peripheral muscles and tissues, increasing circulation in the process and aiding in the recovery of the sore muscle and joint tissue.
You’ll get a boost of endorphins, too.
As a side benefit, the cryotherapy helps boost your production of endorphins. When the body is exposed to the cold, it starts to produce endorphins in preparation for the potential stress of the cold. Endorphins are the body’s natural “happy pills” that are chemicals for the brain to help bring that “runner’s high” of pleasure and reduce the feeling of pain. You leave the chamber with an enhanced feeling of well-being.
Not only muscle and joint pain from injury, but other diseases are caused by inflammation. Cryotherapy helps reduce inflammation, which helps reduce swelling and soreness.
You’ll get the benefit of an ice bath without the gnawing pain and potential injury that can come from sitting for hours in icy cold water.
You don’t have to wait for the pain. If you know you’ve had a tough workout or suffered a potential injury, head to a cryochamber and prevent the swelling and pain it can cause.
When you need to heal faster, a cryotherapy treatment can help. Just reducing inflammation and increasing circulation will do a lot for your body.