If you spend a few minutes standing around a box below zero, freezing of all your aches and pains (not to mention its tuchas ), is your idea of a good time, you’re not alone. The whole body is cryotherapy, by many accounts, the hottest way to dull the pain and inflammation and relieve pain and stiffness in general
Even better:. Studies show that it works
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the idea of using cold water or ice to soothe bodily ills -. that, in general, is known as cryotherapy – has existed for hundreds of years. Thousands of health clubs today are equipped with plunge pools “cold” to use after workouts. Ice therapy is now an accepted part of treatment of injuries such as, ankle sprains. Ice is a key ingredient in of all warriors weekend better known mnemonic, RICE. Rest, ice, compression and elevation
“The effects of ice has been demonstrated in numerous animal models and human studies. Ice reduces tissue temperature, blood flow, pain and metabolism “ according to a study in the Journal of Athletic Training.
this latest twist in ice therapy – is more like a really impressive double salchow that a simple twist – is the whole body cryotherapy (WBC). Cold gas is pumped into a chamber until the air temperature, by some reports falls more than 250 degrees below zero (that is Fahrenheit).
Cold? You think? The lowest temperature recorded on Earth was only about 136 below .
sessions WBC, fortunately, will last only about three minutes.
” I do not know exactly what you are doing to your body, but I know that when you step out simply feels great, “former NBA player Grant Hill told the Arizona Republic in 2012 . “I’ve tried it after games, mornings back to back before the second games, and before games, and I get very good results.”
To be sure, CMB is not for everyone . weak cold weather, for example, may have a problem with it. People with certain medical conditions to be careful, too. “For example, If you have high blood pressure , if you have poor circulation in the fingers, if you have asthma, if you have blood clots anywhere, if you are pregnant – not something you should do, “specialist in pain management Dr. Danesh Houman told CBS News in New York .
is pain really relax?
According to US Cryotherapy – USC is one of several centers around the country doing a little different takes on WBC, including places with names like IceBox therapy, Cryohealthcare and Cryo American centers – whole body cryotherapy can relieve pain associated with all types of problems . Not all of them are physical.
“therapy cold air can stimulate the central nervous system causing the pain subsides, the general euphoria, better psychological state improved sleep and help muscle recovery and tissue damage, “says US website cryotherapy.
The science behind these claims is not so simple. But it shows that the commission of his body to that kind of cold has some positive effects.
in a 2011 study , French investigators observed fewer signs of inflammation among athletes after the subjects spent time in a cryotherapy chamber. The results could suggest that cryotherapy then helps damaged muscles.
However, one of the authors of the study, told the New York Times that the results only showed that subjects had less inflammation. Muscles, he said, could still be damaged.
“I just do not feel that the evidence base for the effectiveness of the CMB is still there,” Alan Donnelly, a professor at the University of Limerick, said the Times . “If CMB was a clinical treatment or nutritional aid be submitted for approval by the FDA, my opinion is that would not be approved.”
A 2014 study in the Journal of Sports Medicine found that “controlled studies indicate that the WBC could have a positive influence on inflammatory mediators, antioxidant capacity and autonomic function during sporting recovery.”
In the same report, without But he took note of these findings are preliminary, and concluded that “… the least expensive ways of cryotherapy, the application of local ice bag or CIT [cold water baths immersion], offer comparable physiological and clinical effects WBC “.
Perhaps the main benefit of the CMB lies in its psychological effects. “[A] reduce cold-related nerve activity, combined with an increase in the concentration of endorphins may have an analgesic effect, reducing the perception of fatigue and pain,” you found a study 2011 .
so, although researchers are not sure if a whole body freezer is best for you physically, taking (and survive) that icy leap could help you think it is. And that can not hurt.