Should Gyms Offer Cryotherapy?

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By Staff Reports

(DGIwire) – There has been a lot of buzz about cryotherapy among star athletes, but what exactly is it? Dating back to ancient times, it is the practice of using cold temperatures to promote healing and wellness. Today, in the 21st century, its popularity is on the rise thanks to the advent of whole body cryotherapy, which was first developed in Japan in the 1970s and later spread first to Europe and then to the United States.

With whole body cryotherapy, an individual enters an enclosed chamber that is suffused with nitrogen vapor at extremely cold temperatures for a few minutes—which can provide an alternative to traditional ice baths. A range of enthusiasts, from elite athletes to ordinary individuals, are paying visits to facilities that offer cryotherapy and many of them wind up signing up for repeat sessions.

Preliminary research findings published in the Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine has hypothesized that the therapy could have a positive influence on inflammatory mediators, antioxidant capacity and autonomic function during sporting recovery after reviewing a set of controlled studies of whole body cryotherapy. Other published studies have similarly urged further research to determine its exact physical effects. A study published in the European Journal of Medical Physics suggests the impact of cold can cause many different biochemical and physiological reactions in the body.

“The popularity of whole body cryotherapy among those who have experienced it is growing rapidly,” says Richard Otto, cofounder and CEO of Impact Cryotherapy. “As medical researchers continue to conduct studies to investigate precisely how it impacts the body, we believe those who personally find it beneficial will continue to enjoy it.”

Impact Cryotherapy’s whole body cryotherapy machines are precision-manufactured from laser-cut anodized aluminum, plexiglass and other materials, with an advanced nitrogen vapor delivery system and operator controls.

The company’s octagon-shaped whole body cryosauna chamber fills with nitrogen vapor and drops the ambient temperature inside to a range of -90°C (-130°F) to -120°C

(-184°F). This creates a temporary dry chill that surrounds an individual’s body. To date, Impact Cryotherapy has sold more than 200 units to pro sports teams in major national football, basketball, hockey and baseball leagues; physical therapy facilities; health clubs; retail locations; trainers and individuals in 37 states and more than a half-dozen major markets worldwide.

“Whole body cryotherapy is proving itself to be an irresistible draw to a vast array of people who want to give their bodies a unique experience,” adds Otto.

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