You may have heard about Cryotherapy, a new trend in healing and recovery that has grown in popularity among athletes and dancers alike.
But what is Cryotherapy exactly?
How does it work? And what are the benefits?
Cryotherapy is essentially cold therapy. It’s like using an ice pack for your entire body! Most cryotherapy occurs in a chamber, where your body is exposed to freezing or near freezing temperatures for several minutes. The air is dry and cold, so it’s more like a wind chill than an ice bath.
How does Cryotherapy work?
While scientists are still conducting research to determine exactly how it works and how effective it is, it is widely known that icing lowers the temperature of our muscle and nerve tissues. The cold slows the speed at which nerves fire while constricting arteries and veins and limiting blood flow, which reduces inflammation, therefore reducing pain. Once you’re done with the therapy, blood flow is increased and this is said to help flush toxins from your body, aiding in quicker recovery.
The Benefits of Cryotherapy for dancers and athletes
Here are a few benefits that people who do Cryotherapy report:
Quickened muscle recovery
Boosted immune system
Ease of flushing toxins
Want to check Cryo out? Here are some pointers for first timers:
Start at a higher temperature for a lower amount of time to ease into the experience.
Ask questions and share medical history with your practitioner
Always consult your doctor
Don’t try it out right before a big performance. You’ll want to give it time to see how it effects you!
Do you have experience with Cryotherapy? Please tell us about it in the comments!