It seems like something straight out of the future: cryotherapy. Cryotherapy, or whole body cryotherapy (WBC) has entered the public spotlight recently as a cutting edge method of muscle recovery for serious athletes and trainers. Cryotherapy super speeds recovery by redirecting blood flow in frigid temperatures of nearly -200 degrees fahrenheit. In reaction to the extreme cold, your body’s fight or flight responses kick in, numbing nerves and regulating your core temperature with blood flow. This reduces muscle pain experienced after serious training, such as triathlon or crossfit workouts.
Cryotherapy is safe when administered and supervised correctly. You’ll only spend 3 to 5 minutes under freezing temperatures, and it’s important to wear dry socks and gloves to protect your extremities from frostbite. While more research is needed to support the evidence of cryotherapy, many people swear by its regenerative properties.
2. Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS)
EMS essentially creates muscle contractions using tiny electrical pulses.These pulses are applied through a device straight onto the affected area. But don’t worry—it isn’t painful like you’d expect. While EMS has many uses, it’s most often used for muscle recovery after a challenging training session. EMS can also be used for weight loss, tissue flexibility, reducing joint stiffness, muscle toning and treatment for injuries. Though many people wonder about the effectiveness of stim treatment, it’s actually technology that’s been in use since the 1950s. EMS influences your central nervous system to elicit muscle contractions. These devices are both sold OTC (over the counter) for home use and by prescription for use during physical therapy or under supervision of a doctor.
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