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Service Spotlight: Should I Consider Adding Cryotherapy Into My Recovery?

Over recent years, cryotherapy has continued to gain popularity not only as a means of speeding up sports injury recovery, but also as an addition to many athlete’s general recovery regime. Cryotherapy involves exposing the body to extremely cold temperatures, typically between -130°C to -160°C, for a brief period of time. It is believed that the intense cold helps to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, improve recovery time after an injury, and also assist with general body soreness like DOMS.

Many athletes and sports medicine professionals have reported positive results from using cryotherapy for sports recovery. One of the key benefits of cryotherapy is its ability to reduce inflammation and swelling. This is particularly important for athletes who may have suffered an injury as swelling can impede the healing process. Cryotherapy can also help to reduce pain and improve mobility, allowing athletes to get back to their sport faster, or recover from muscle soreness in between sessions quicker.

In addition to its physical benefits, cryotherapy can also have a positive impact on an athlete's mental health. Cold temperatures have been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relievers and mood boosters. This can help athletes to feel more positive and motivated.

However, it's important to note that cryotherapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Not all athletes will respond positively to the therapy, and it may not be suitable for everyone. Before undergoing cryotherapy, it is important to consult with a sports medicine specialist to assess whether it is a good option for your individual needs.

So, while cryotherapy may be a useful tool for sports recovery, you should always check with a professional first to see if it will be right for you and your individual needs. Regardless of whether cryotherapy is a part of your recovery regime or not, it is essential to incorporate other recovery strategies, such as physical therapy, nutrition, and rest, to maximize your performance and recovery.

If you decide cryotherapy is something you should try, you can book in with us here at STAR! Book in for a cryotherapy session here, or don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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