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Benefits of Cryotherapy on Muscle Recovery

Are you a professional weight lifter or an athlete? Do you just like working out on the regular for the sake of improving your physique and overall health? Whatever your particular situation may be, if you’re lifestyle includes exercising on the regular, there’s no doubt that you want to get the most out of your work outs. 

It’s no secret that muscle recovery is a crucial part of a successful fitness routine. If you’re looking for a way to maximize your muscle recovery efforts, cryotherapy may be just the thing you need. Keep on reading to find out more about this icy cold therapy and how this treatment can help to boost your muscle recovery – and support and improve your overall fitness goals. 

What is cryotherapy and what does it involve? 

Whole Body Cryotherapy translates to “cold therapy”, and it’s a practice that has been used for centuries; in fact, there is evidence that the ancient Egyptians used cryotherapy. You’ve probably practiced cryotherapy yourself and didn’t even know it! If you’ve ever put an ice pack or sat in an icy cold bath to soothe your aching muscles, that’s cryotherapy!

The therapy we’re talking about, though, is a lot colder than an ice pack that you keep in your freezer or the cold water that pours out of your faucet. The technique we’re talking about involves rapidly exposing the body to sub-zero temperatures for a brief period of time. Quickly reducing your body temperature promotes better blood circulation and deeper vasodilation. It also blocks the afferent nerves, which helps to minimize the feelings of pain, and it reduces inflammation in the muscles and joints. 

What’s the purpose of cryotherapy? 

The primary goal of this icy cold therapy is to boost cell regrowth and the reproduction of cell metabolism. This, in turn, helps to lengthen the life of the cells, which also minimizes joint and muscle pain and spasms. It also helps to reduce inflammation in the muscles and in the body overall. The objective of cryotherapy is to boost blood circulation, which instantly has a positive effective on the overall conditions of the muscles. 

Cryotherapy and rehabilitation 

Since it was first adopted centuries ago, cryotherapy has primarily been used to treat physical injuries and chronic health conditions. As science and medicine advanced, so too, did cryotherapy, and today, while the practice is still used to treat injuries and ease chronic ailments, it is also used for way more applications and yields much better effects. Most notably, the development and introduction of high-tech cryo saunas have replaced the ice baths, ice-packed towels, and the packaged ice that were once the only tools that were used for cryotherapy, which has helped to significantly increase the application and effectiveness of treatment, which has made the practice suitable for whole body. 

Muscle relaxation and cryotherapy 

Icy cold therapy is one of the most efficient, effective, and fastest recovery methods for strenuous training activities – particularly for people who play professional sports. Today, athletes who put their bodies under extreme amounts of stress, such as weight lifters, MMA fighters, swimmers, tennis players, triathletes, football players, and marathoners, commonly use cryotherapy as a way to ease muscle pain and inflammation, and to boost muscle recovery. 

Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which rapidly exposing the body to freezing temperatures over a brief period of time on muscle recovery. 

Reduced muscle pain and spasms

Cryotherapy has several impacts on the body. At its most basic level, exposure to cold temperatures minimizes pain and inflammation, contracts the muscles, and then later, relaxes the muscles. It also helps to increase the circulation of oxygen-rich blood; it changes the physical properties of the tissues for a temporary period of time, too. Plus, when properly performed, cryotherapy does not pose negative effects on healthy individuals. It is for this reason that it is an effective and safe technique for the treatment of sports-related injuries, or during the period of rehabilitation. 

Pain and inflammation prevention 

Cold temperatures are often used for therapeutic benefits to prevent the pain that is related to acute conditions. It’s also used to prevent sports-related injuries. Athletes use cryotherapy prior to physical activity and to minimize pain while working out. This has been found to offer several positive impacts on preventing an assortment of health-related issues, such as: 

  • Reduced tissue damage
  • Reduced tension in irritated tissues
  • Reduced inflammation and swelling 
  • Reduced inflammation and pain in the spinal cord
  • Reduces muscles spasms by calming nerve impulses 

Aids active injuries

Cryotherapy is also used to treat active injuries, as it cools the tissues. When the tissues are cooled, vasoconstriction occurs, which slows circulation. As a result, bleeding is reduced and the development of hematomas surrounding the injury site is prevented. Furthermore, cryotherapy helps the body achieve anti-edematous, analgesic (pain reduction), and ant-inflammatory impacts. This is commonly seen on football fields when a player sustains an injury during a game. A lot of professional sports teams and the physiotherapists that attend to the players, are equipped with mobile crypto-devices. These devices are used to help injured players right after they sustain an injury. This type of therapy not only impacts the muscles, but it also has a wide point of action when the skin is injured and changes. 

Joint and muscle pain relief

Cryotherapy not only helps alleviate inflamed muscles, but it’s also beneficial for specific types of conditions that lead to pain that’s caused by joint and cartilage disorders. Plus, medical and scientific experts think that this method boosts the rate of wound healing, particularly for sports injuries that require rapid healing. It’s thought that rapid exposure to sub-zero temperatures for a brief period of time boosts blood circulation, which thus promotes pain relief and healing. Examples of cases that cryotherapy can be used to treat include: 

  • Swelling and pain in inflamed joints
  • Closed injuries
  • Exudative inflammation 
  • Changes in the muscle tone that are caused by central nervous system diseases

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