IceLAB Cryosauna Therapy uses liquid nitrogen to lower the patient’s exterior from room temperature to 30-35 degrees F (with – 202 degrees F on surface of their skin) in 60 seconds or less and keeps it that way for up to 2.5 minutes. CryoTherapy before a workout or a race/game can increase performance as well as recovery.
Being a huge fan of ice baths for recovery, I couldn’t wait for a chance to visit the IceLAB for a little CryoTherapy. While I went to -215° F for 2.5 minutes, it was much more tolerable than hopping into an ice bath for 5-minute increments. Not only did I feel better, but I also experienced an endorphin rush for the following three hours. Definitely not the last time I visit the IceLAB!
Even though Dr. Jeff Johnson did an excellent job of explaining the process and results of the Cryosauna, I was honestly nervous to step in the cooling chamber. At -55 Celsius, I felt a comfortable cool breeze. Then -100 Celsius came around and the shivering, teeth chattering began. Thank goodness you are only in there for about 2-3 minutes. When I got out, I felt like my skin was radiating from within. I wanted to go run a marathon. It also got rid of the soreness in my legs from the workouts of the week.
Having been so sore it was slightly uncomfortable to walk in the cold, temperatures in the Cryosauna were a welcome relief. Like icing, the aches and pains quickly became numb. However, upon leaving the chamber, that freezing feeling was gone before I had all my clothes back on. The whole experience seemed like such a novelty act at first but when Dr. Johnson asked me to hop on a treadmill to get the blood flowing, I realized the discomfort that had me hobbling around all morning was gone. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to recover quickly. Relief is just a few minutes away.
The two and a half minutes of cold were over before I knew it. The slight discomfort of being in a chamber with the temperature dipping below -200 F was far out weighed by the lack of soreness and renewed energy afterwards. This was quicker and more efficient than an ice bath plus it doesn't take you 30-45 minutes to warm up afterwards.
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Reported Athletic Benefits Include:
- Decreased Fatigue
- Decreased Muscle Soreness
- Decreased Injury Recovery Time
- Quicker Surgical Recovery
- Psychological Competitive Edge
- Decreased Anxiety
- Decreased Depression
- Decreased Incidence Of Colds And Flu
- Tighter, Healthier Skin
- Cellulite Reduction
Next week we'll tell you how you can use cryotherapy in your recovery routine. Click here to see the Facebook Album of our visit!