For those of you unfamiliar with what's going on in a full body cryotherapy center, get undressed down to your underpants, a pair of gloves, and a pair of nude socks as you wear them at a swinger party Oslo.
You then step into a kind of erect sunbed, but unlike a sunbed bed, your head juts out from the top so you look like a supervillain who was fatally injured in an occupational accident and then revived You clipped his head a bulky supercomputer.
Then some girl's sprite, usually in her late teens or early twenties, stops long enough to knock the door behind her and turn the thermostat to minus 200 degrees Fahrenheit. or somewhere near.
About three minutes later you will find yourself on the road to reduced muscle aches, weight loss, firmer skin, improved sleep, and a stronger immune system, according to the brochures. Sure, your testicles have dropped to a whole new level by waking the next red eyes to Miami, but they'll be back next Tuesday after they've warmed up a bit.
Any evidence cryotherapy works?
A recent study compared the effects of whole-body cryotherapy versus immersion in cold water (sitting in iced water) and placebo in athletes who had performed high-volume, high-load training that resulted in increased pain The authors wrote,
"With the exception of CRP (C-reactive protein) at 24 hours, none of the cryotherapy interventions attenuated the inflammatory response compared to placebo."
As far as accelerating recovery is concerned Thus, none of the cold treatments could be proven to be more effective than placebo.
Yes, the use of cold, either by whole body cryotherapy or whole body immersion, seems to suppress at least one inflammatory marker Whole body cryotherapy also includes other inflammatory markers, namely TNF-alpha, MMP-9, N F-kappaB and TGF-beta, although these were performed over several sessions and mostly in patients with inflammatory diseases as opposed to exercise-related pain.
It really does not look as if cryotherapy would speed recovery ̵
All Fired Up
Chronic inflammation is bad. It is the response to injuries or infections that stick for a long time. However, acute inflammation is essential for healing. Without it knife wounds would never close. Papercuts bleed forever. Hickeys would last a lifetime. You have the idea.
Acute inflammation also leads to muscle growth. If you damage your muscle cells by movement, non-phagocytic macrophages like Aquaman and its allied allies invade to bathe the injured muscle fiber in the growth hormone IGF-1, which significantly increases the rate of muscle regeneration.
Exercise-damaged muscle cells also release cytokines, resulting in a decrease in myostatin levels, the protein that encourages the body to stop muscle growth (less myostatin equals more muscle).
Low inflammation also leads to an increase in cyclooxygenase (COX). Enzymes that play an important role in the initiation of satellite cell proliferation, differentiation, and fusion. (Satellite cells are quiescent cells that come to life after an injury to form new muscle cells.)
Obviously, you need acute inflammation to make the muscles grow, and whole body cryotherapy, even if they are a little It works the same way, but it works against your target (the same goes for NSAIDS – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.)
It is true, however, that cryotherapy or NSAIDS can make pain and pain disappear a little faster, but this seems to be a strategy more suitable is people who do sports, where they have to train day after day at a high level – not weightlifters, which must be bigger and better with each workout.
What should be used instead of cryotherapy?  If you feel really uncomfortable after a workout and want some relief, try a session in a cryotherapy center. However, if you freeze yourself, it seems to give you a hell of a lot of effort, you could probably use some acetaminophen is more of an analgesic than an anti-inflammatory.
However, curcumin would be a better choice as it blocks a large number of inflammatory reactions by a reasonable percentage, rather than stopping a given reaction by 100 percent.
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Laura J. Wilson, "Whole-Body Cryotherapy, Immersion in Cold Water or a Placebo Following a Resistance Exercise: A Case of Mind About Matter?" European Journal of Applied Physiology, January 2015.