5 Ways a Cryotherapy Session Can Help With Workout Recovery
Cryotherapy has been getting a lot of attention in the health and wellness world lately, for more reasons than one. Mention getting naked and stepping inside a chamber that envelops your body in a -250 degrees Fahrenheit chill and people are sure to have some thoughts.
So why would someone do this to themselves, and willingly? Yoga instructors, professional athletes, CrossFit enthusiasts and gym rats are some of cryotherapy’s biggest fans.
This unique type of physical therapy is said to relieve muscle pain and revitalize the skin. So if you’re suffering from post-workout muscle soreness, injury or chronic pain here are some of the ways cryotherapy session or two can help you “chill” out:
Exercise-related injuries are common, and so is the inflammation that occurs as a result. Typically, you might reach for the ice pack to soothe your muscles. Ice is great at reducing inflammation when it’s applied to an inflamed muscle or to bruised skin.
Cryotherapy reduces inflammation throughout your entire body, making it easier for your body to heal more than one area at once. Consider it a full body ice pack! This might sound a little intimidating, but remember, a cryotherapy session only last 3 minutes long, and you can handle that.
If you’re familiar with ice baths, this does in 3 minutes what a 15-20 minute ice bath would do and is even more effective.
Boost Your Endorphins
Endorphins; those wonderful feel-good hormones triggered by exercise that make you feel like you can conquer the world. A boost of endorphins can relieve stress and pain while boosting your happiness levels, which is one of the many benefits of regular exercise.
It just so happens that a freezing shock to your system through cryotherapy releases a burst of endorphins in much the same way an intense hour at the gym might or an extra cold shower might do
Helps to Improve Your Immune System
Enjoy a reduced risk of illness and keep your consistent gym schedule regular thanks to the immune system recharge that comes with cryotherapy. A quick session can do wonders for your post-workout well-being as has been evidenced in recent studies
Improves Your Circulation
Ongoing exposure to cryotherapy has been said to increase white blood cell count. An increase in white blood cells reduces inflammation and improves your overall blood circulation. This is caused by an enhanced noradrenaline response that gets triggered by extreme cold.
Everyone knows that good circulation is essential for post-workout recovery making a cryotherapy session a great option for sore, tired muscles.
Stabilizing Your Sleep Patterns
A good night’s rest is essential to healing muscle pain and physical injuries due to strenuous workouts.
Did you know that by making cryotherapy part of your regular post-workout schedule, you can actually help stabilize your sleep patterns? With regular treatments, sleep disturbances are reduced. And better sleep equals less fatigue and better recovery from injury.
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