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What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is the use of very low temperatures in medical therapy. The term "cryotherapy" comes from the Greek cryo (κρύο) meaning cold, and therapy (θεραπεία) meaning cure. Cryotherapy has been used as early as the seventeenth century.
What are the uses of Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is used to treat tissue damage, medically known as lesions. It is also beneficial for Athletes and others who require healing for skin, muscle, tissue, and tendon damage.
What are some reasons I should use Cryotherapy?
The main reasons for using Cryotherapy are as follows; 1.To decrease cell growth and reproduction (cellular metabolism) 2.To decrease inflammation. 3.To decrease pain and spasm. 4.To increase cellular survival. 5.To promote the constriction of blood vessels The term Cryotherapy is mainly used in whole body Cryotherapy and Ice park therapy.
What is WBC (Whole Body Cryotherapy)?
Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) is an alternative to cold-water immersion or ice packs. This treatment involves exposing individuals to extremely cold dry air (below -166°F) for two to three minutes. To obtain these subzero temperatures required for WBC, two methods are typically used: liquid nitrogen and refrigerated cold air.
What do I wear for Whole Body Cryotherapy?
During these exposures, individuals wear minimal clothing, which usually consists of shorts for males and shorts and a crop top for females. Gloves, dry shoes and socks, are commonly worn to reduce the risk of cold-related injury.
What is the history of WBC?
The first WBC chamber was built in Japan in the late 1970s, but WBC was not introduced to Europe until the 1980s, and has only been used in the USA and Australia in the past decade. Whole body cryotherapy was initially intended for use in a clinical setting to treat patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Who is WBC for?
Whole body cryotherapy was initially intended for use in a clinical setting to treat patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. WBC has now been implemented in many spas, and athletic training facilities as well and Elite athletes have recently reported using the treatment to alleviate delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) after exercise. Recently, recreational athletes have started to emulate elite athletes in using these treatments after exercise.
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