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Extreme Cold Good for Injury Recovery

Extreme Cold Good for Injury Recovery

Are you rehabbing an exercise injury? Consider Cryotherapy.

Researchers at the National Institute of Sports, Expertise and Performance, in Paris, found runners benefit more from whole-body cryotherapy than from exposure to far infrared radiation or no treatment.

Cryotherapy is a process where body parts are exposed to temperatures as cold as -166 degrees Fahrenheit for a couple minutes to freeze and destroy diseased tissue, including cancer cells.

The study, led by Christophe Hausswirth, was conducted with nine well trained runners, and each participant tested each recovery method to control for individual differences in muscle damage and recovery.

The researchers found the whole-body cryotherapy method to be most effective. The first cryotherapy session, conducted one hour after exercise, allowed the runners to recover maximal muscle strength, while the same result took much longer to attain with the other strategies, and three cryotherapy sessions performed over 48 hours post-run accelerated recovery more than the other two methods over the same time period.

Athletes have increasingly turned to cryotherapy to speed recovery from injuries.

Cryotherapy allows the skin’s temperature to drop to at least 32 degrees. It then goes back to the normal body temperature. This phenomena results in en energy boost and skin rejuvenation. Those who do cryotherapy have reported having less fatigue, less muscle soreness, tighter skin and decreased injury recovery time.

Study findings were published in the journal PLoS ONE.

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