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Cryo Therapy as a Recovery Tool – Should Athletes Use Cryo?

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There are a ton of medical benefits to cryo therapy, making it popular among all types of people. One of the biggest of these benefits is for muscle recovery. It’s even more beneficial for athletes who use their bodies in a highly active way during training, competing, or actual games they play. You’ve probably heard of athletes doing the archaic ice bath a time or two. Today though, athletes can get the same benefits that they did from an hour long ice bath, in a 2 minute hop in the cryo spa.

Anyone who is healthy and active can benefit from cryotherapy sessions, and that’s why thrIVe Drip Spa in Houston has been such a hit. This treatment has been used for decades since the early 70s in Europe, but is just now making a big impact on those who use it in the United States. If you’re into total body optimization, adding a cryo therapy session to your training regimen is easily something you should consider.

The Science Behind Cryotherapy Today

The way that cryo therapy works is simple. In a “cryo spa” a single person chamber is used, you enter the Cryo sauna that is cooled down by a liquid form of nitrogen. Your head and neck are sticking out of the chamber, so that you are breathing room temperature air. Then it allows the surface of the rest of your body to cool down by 30-50 degrees in the three minutes that you are in the extremely cold space. The air alone is chilled to -184 degrees.

Don’t worry though, you don’t have to do the full three minutes. You can build your way up from 30 seconds to three minutes after a few treatments. It just depends on what you can handle. Keep in mind though that your core temperature is not affected, so it’s completely safe. What your body does is response to the cryotherapy is simply amazing. Not only does it release feel good endorphins, burn calories, kick start your metabolism, but it also promotes pain management and muscle rehabilitation when they are sore after sports activity.

Athletes Love Cryo therapy

It’s no surprise given what we’ve discussed that athletes are loving cryotherapy. It’s become a “hot trend” in the spa world that is cool for anyone to try out. Not that athletes have a huge weight management problem, but it does promote weight loss by burning a high number of calories during each session, and rev up the metabolism into high gear.

Simply put, a simple few minute session can assist in the overall training regimen that many athletes subscribe to by promoting healthy muscle tissue, and causing you to lose fat cells in the process. If you’re not trying to shed major wait, it’s a very least a great way for wrestlers and gymnasts to drop a weight class in a pinch.

Celeb Trends: Cryo Therapy for Recovery

Star athletes who are in peak physical condition have said that they like the benefits of this specialized medispa treatment after a tough game. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers have said that they have used cryotherapy to help heal injuries they sustain on the court as professional basketball players.

If it’s good enough for “The King” it should be good enough for regular athletes everywhere who want to up their recovery process faster after intense activity. Some pro basketball teams have even invested in their own cryotherapy chambers to utilize for their athletes on a regular basis during the hard playing season.

In other sports such as boxing, one of the greatest athletes in the world right now is Floyd Mayweather Jr. He is an advocate of cryotherapy for all the benefits that it provides to him after the injuries he sustains in the rink, or during intense training. Think about how you would ice a muscle injury after playing a certain sport. That’s how cryotherapy benefits your entire body with taking this simple concept to an extremely cool level of effectiveness.

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What’s the Deal With Cryotherapy? A Complete Guide

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In the world of medispa treatments there is a wide variety of interesting options to choose from. Whether your goal is an anti-aging one, just to relax, or tackle some other issues, there is a Houston spa that caters to all of your health and wellness needs. The Thrive Drip Spa is one of the latest to offer cryotherapy to its clients. This is basically the use of extreme cold to treat the body. It’s been used for decades in therapy by the Japanese and European people, but it’s just now becoming more popular in the United States. Here is everything you need to know about this burgeoning medispa experience. Get ready to chill your way to better health.

What Exactly Is Cryotherapy?

ice for cryotherapyCryotherapy in a “cryo spa” is a treatment that utilizes a special cryosauna. In this chamber a combination of cooling techniques are used to drop the surface body temperature by 30-50 degrees in just a few minutes using a form of liquid nitrogen that cools the air.

That’s all the time you need to have this type of treatment. You don’t have to do the full three minutes, you can go in anytime between that, and as little as 30 seconds. Anything longer would be too much, so it’s carefully monitored by spa technicians. It’s meant to trigger all the regulatory systems of the body to go into a high gear of healing.

Originally this type of cryotherapy was used to treat conditions such as arthritis, or help with chronic inflammatory pain due to a variety of conditions. It does improve overall blood flow, and promote the healing of damaged tissues.

OVERVIEW:

  • Cold therapy (extreme cold temperatures)
  • Used to stimulate blood flow
  • 30 Sec. – 3 Minutes Long
  • Helps with Inflamation
  • Promotes Healing

How a Cryotherapy Session Workscryotherapy-chamber-in-houston

Before you start, you are outfitted with dry socks, gloves, and slippers to protect the extremities from the extreme cold. In a single person chamber, your head and neck are sticking out of the cryosauna so you are breathing regular air.

In some multiple person chambers, you can go completely head to toe into the space, so sometimes a hat or earmuffs are worn to cover the ears. A face mask is used to protect the nasal passages from the extreme cold. Your oxygen level is also monitored as an extra safety precaution, although there isn’t any adverse effects you have to worry about. You are completely safe during your highly effective treatment. At Thrive Spa we have a single person chamber that we utilize for this much loved client therapy.

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The Beauty Benefits of Cryo Therapy

Many people love this type of treatment for cosmetic reasons, such as weight loss, and the skin firming benefits. This process actually kicks your metabolism into high gear causing you to burn 500-800 calories per session with a treatment of cryotherapy.

During the treatment your body also releases endorphins in the same way as when you exercise with high intensity. So you are going to feel that rush throughout your body during and after the treatment. That’s just another one of the many benefits to the process.

The reason your skin tone is improved is that once you submit to the cold rush of treatment it causes your skin to produce more collagen in response. So that way your elasticity is improved deep in the layers of your epidermis. This can improve the look of cellulite, as it is able to smooth out dimpled skin in many people’s trouble areas like the back of the thighs and behind area.

For total body rejuvenation, you are going to want to explore yourself what cryotherapy can do for you. Consult your Thrive Spa specialist in Houston to schedule your appointment for this unique treatment, or if you have any additional questions about this amazing service.

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