What is Whole Body Cryotherapy and what are the benefits?

What is Cryotherapy?

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a non-medical spa treatment where liquid nitrogen is pumped through a hose into a tank that you stand in. The cold dry air swirls around the body for up to 3 minutes.  The use of the liquid nitrogen to promote healing and/or achieve a particular result is the idea behind Whole Body Cryotherapy.

What are the benefits of cryotherapy?

Chilling the skin triggers the blood vessels near the skin to constrict.  This has an immediate anti-inflammation reaction.  When the WBC session is over and the cold stop, the peripheral blood vessels dilate and the blood rushes back into the extremities.  This "rush" is also accompanied by a release of endorphins.  Endorphins are the body's natural pain relievers.  Without a doubt, Cryotherapy positively enhances your mood.

Whole body cryotherapy was initially intended for use in a clinical setting to treat patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.  It is also a popular treatment for post-operative swelling.  Cryotherapy can be simple as an application of ice packs or immersion in ice baths to a more earnest approach of using a CryoSauna, also known as Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC).  Smaller Cryotherapy machines are also available to target specific areas of the body.

Should I add cryotherapy to my workout recovery routine?

Cryotherapy is widely used among professional athletes to relieve muscle pain, sprains and swelling.  LeBron James reports using the treatment to alleviate delayed onset muscle soreness after games.  Sarah Piampiano, a professional triathlete reports using Cryotherapy after every training session.  Non-professional athletes as well have started to follow suit in using Cryotherapy treatments after exercise to aid in faster recovery and enhance performance.

Cryotherapy helps you recover faster after your workout.  Improve your performance with Cryotherapy.  Incidentally, the ability to sense temperature is only skin deep.