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By Ryan Ostry
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Local Cryotherapy owner highlights benefits, tips

With such a powerful body-healing tool that can be utilized for good, there are a few do's and dont's

 

Last updated 10/3/2019 at 12:43pm

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Rules are rules, and they usually benefit people in a positive manner.

Recently, Oakland Raiders' superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown didn't follow rules while in a Cryotherapy chamber.

The now infamous photo of Brown's frostbitten feet, show clearly why there are guidelines for the therapy.

For Cryotherapy, wish is also known as cold therapy, is a certain kind of local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy.

"It's a great tool for recovery and making the body feel better overall," said Eric Anderson, owner of CryoLuxe CryoTherapy in Plainfield.

Because it gets down to 200 degrees below zero, socks, a robe, slippers and gloves are all a necessity.

"You hop into this chamber and you keep everything on besides the robe," Anderson said.

When someone enters the chamber and starts, the body goes into a survival mode so all of the blood from your extremities goes to your core because the body feels like it's shutting down.

While at the core, the heart fills the blood with fresh oxygen and nutrients and then when it is time to get out after three minutes, the blood gets sent back out to the body's extremities.

The brain then picks up the signals in the parts of the body that needs healing, and then heals them.

"The cool thing about it is kind off like a ice bath the magic of the whole Cryotherapy happens after the session is over," Anderson said. "That's when the body actually tries to fix itself."

With such a powerful body-healing tool that can be utilized for good, there are a few do's and dont's.

Like any other procedure or first time experiencing and putting someone's body through something, Cryotherapy centers need to know someone's medical background to ensure the person is in the right physical shape for the session.

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Treatment centers will ask a variety of questions to assess the person's situation and find out if anything prohibits that person from taking part.

Leaving any jewelry at home, wearing proper Cryo clothing including thermal socks, slippers and gloves, patting yourself dry with a towel and not applying oils, lotions, or cologne immediately prior to treatment and to keep circulation going and to avoid any prickly sensations in your extremities.

"The great thing about it is that you don't have to be an athlete to either try it or join somewhere that offers it," Anderson said. "Everyday people can do it and there are so many great benefits with improving your body that I think everyone should at least try once."

 

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