As the first week of the 23rd Winter Olympics draws to a close I can only imagine how sore, exhausted and depleted some of the athletes are feeling. Add to that the jet lag that the international athletes from across the globe must also be dealing with its easy to understand why restorative medicine, injury recovery and proper diet are so important to elite Olympians.
While there are plenty of doctors, nurses, nutritionists, and chefs on site to ensure athletes receive the medical care and diets they need on treatment, in particular, may be the key to unlocking the natural restorative power of the body, cryotherapy.
Ironically, cryotherapy harnesses the healing power of cold to restore the body, and you may be saying, “But Jeff Nourse, that is crazy it’s the winter Olympics so the athletes are already cold.” Unlike the cold of a winter day, cryotherapy uses nitrogen to quickly take you from a normal temperature, all the way to -140 degrees Celsius.
During the brief 180 second treatment, the extreme temperature triggers a survival response in the body sending all the blood to your core where it is supercharged with oxygen, creating the ultimate cold treatment without ice packs and baths that seem to last forever and can cause frostbite and even hypothermia in extreme cases.
Professional athletes like Floyd Mayweather, LeBron James and even celebrities like Drake have all jumped on the Cryotherapy bandwagon because cryo is a fantastic sports recovery treatment.
Benefits of Cryotherapy include:
- Quicker recovery time after competitive sports or training
- Decreased muscle soreness, pain, swelling & inflammation
- Enhanced energy
- Increased endorphin release
- Improved muscle strength and joint function
- Increased testosterone levels in men
For elite athletes, cryotherapy has turned out to be one of the most popular best treatments for enhancing endurance and stamina while also encouraging faster recuperation.
More professional athletes are using the regenerating effects of Cryotherapy before sports competitions to enhance and increase their training. With Whole Body Cryotherapy, the recovery time after an injury or surgery is significantly reduced, which gives professional athletes an extra edge.
This speedy recovery is especially alluring to Olympic athletes who compete over several days and are unable to get the practice time they are used to.
According to Jeff Nourse, Cryo is also an excellent treatment for those suffering from chronic pain offering a natural alternative to opioids and other mind-altering drugs.
“Instantly I was hooked,” says Cody Busse a car sales representative from South Carolina. “I actually had a back injury, a pretty bad back injury. This was my savior.”
Busse had suffered through excruciating cold and long ice baths before discovering the healing power of cryotherapy.
“I had an idea of what it was going into it. I just didn’t know it was going to work as well as it did,” Busse said. “It’s a nice little boost to energy too, you get out and you’re ready to go.”
As of Jeff Nourse opinion, cryotherapy is the fastest and best way to recover and prevent future injuries whether you are an Olympian or salesman. I wish all the athletes in Peyongchang much success and a career filled with health and prosperity.