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Benefits of Cryotherapy in Sports injury and Recovery

It is important that something cold be applied to any injury for the first two days of injury. IF there is no warmth or swelling after 48 hours, then heat can be applied over muscles. This article will focus on cold therapy in sports injuries and recovery.

When there is a new injury and cold is applied to it, the capillaries constrict so that swelling and inflammation is reduced. With a new injury cold should be applied for fifteen to twenty minutes. The skin will suffer frostbite if the ice is place directly on it, so to prevent this make sure that there is a cloth in between. If you put a wet towel in between then there is maximum cold transmission. Initially you should apply the ice once very hour. If the injury is beginning to heal, apply cold only when there is pain or you can also try heat.

Cold can be more effective than heat with chronic pain like with trigger points over the thorax. To recover from muscle soreness after an intense sports game, players use cold therapy. Many teams also routinely jump into an ice bath covering themselves from the chest down in ice water. They usually spend ten minutes in the ice bath.

Contrast baths are used by other groups spending a minute in ice and the next minute in a warm shower. After taking an ice or contrast bath athletes say they feel better, yet there is no conclusive study about its real benefits. Improvements in physiological markers of recovery have been studied but are inconclusive. In a soccer match in warm temperatures, body temperatures can rise to 39.4 Celsius (103 Fahrenheit). Vests packed with ice called ice vests are then used so that the body core will be cooled. They also use ice filled neck collars. Cooling is done at half time only, around ten minutes, but using them show improvement in aerobic performance compared to those who were not cooled.

There is a form of cryotherapy which is very extreme in that you are immersed in a chamber which is a hundred twenty degrees below zero Celsius. The face, hands, feet, and ears of the person are covered so that frostbite is prevented but the subject wear a bathing suit. The chamber immersion time is 3 minutes. How can one survive the cold chamber? One the person enters the chamber, his skin is rapidly cooled but the core temperature remains the same. One should be careful in using cryotherapy chambers so as to avoid damage. The result of immersion in the cold chamber help to balance antioxidants in the blood, prevents inflammation and has analgesic effects.