WHY CRYOTHERAPY ISN’T JUST FOR ATHLETES
There’s an assumption that you must be an elite athlete to justify the use of a whole-body cryotherapy chamber, such as the ones from Mecotec. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There are lots of benefits to be gained from cryotherapy, regardless of your athleticism!
In this article we’re going to look at some of the benefits of cryotherapy and explain why cryotherapy isn’t just for athletes.
MAJOR BENEFITS OF CRYOTHERAPY
Over the last couple of decades, cold exposure has become more popular. Research into the topic has increased significantly, and the health benefits have been understood more. Here’s some of the most popular benefits of cryotherapy…
The most common use of cryotherapy is in the recovery from injury. It’s an extension of applying ice to an injury site to reduce inflammation. Use of the technology has a lot of support in the scientific literature well. A review study from 2016 concluded that…
‘The physiological reactions to the cryotherapy application are favourable to the use of this therapeutic tool in inflammatory treatment and pain decrease and demonstrate its importance in the neuromuscular system injuries rehabilitation.’
Although injuries are perhaps more frequent in athletic populations, people from all walks of life suffer from pain and injury too. Cryotherapy treatment is a proven way to help anyone recover from injury – not just athletes.
There are a lot of people who suffer from pain that comes from a variety of conditions. In many cases, these have nothing to do with sporting injuries. They could be conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and ankylosing spondylitis.
Research shows that whole-body cryotherapy is an effective treatment for them all. In a German study from 2008, the researchers noted that when exposed to cryotherapy treatment…
‘Pain and disease activity scores decreased significantly, and, subsequently, also the functional scores showed a significant amelioration.’
These benefits are present in all populations, not just athletes!
IMPROVING RECOVERY FROM ACTIVITY
It’s not just athletes who exercise – we should all be doing what we can to boost our own health and fitness. Exercise also needs recovery though, and the less fit we are, the more recovery we need!
Evidence shows that whole body cryotherapy is a very effective way to recover from exercise, especially exercise that involves weight training.
In a study published in 2022 titled ‘The Effect of Repetitive Whole Body Cryotherapy Treatment on Adaptations to a Strength and Endurance Training Programme in Physically Active Males’, researchers concluded that…
‘Sports practitioners can cautiously apply repetitive whole-body cryotherapy to support recovery post-exercise without undue concern on athletes' fitness gains or lon- term performance, particularly throughout training phases focused more on general strength development than explosive power.’
Again, anyone who is exercising will benefit from the treatment, not just athletes.
WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY – NOT JUST FOR ATHLETES
This article has outlined some of the conditions that several sessions in a Mecotec electric whole body cryotherapy chamber will help. They certainly aren’t exclusive to athletes, so to promote your general health and wellbeing, consider using an electric whole-body cryotherapy chamber.
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