Do I Need To Incorporate Cryotherapy Into My Recovery?
Cryotherapy, is it worth it?
One of the great benefits of Jiu Jitsu is that it permeates every aspect of life. Outside the mat, Jiu Jitsu practitioners often see ways to maximize human performance. Some in the Ji Jiu Jitsu community have embraced Cryotherapy treatment as an effective way to maximize their recovery.
Cryotherapy seems to be the next big trend in sports recovery. Whole body cryotherapy involves exposing the body to extremely dry air for two to four minutes. Essentially, cryotherapy increases your body’s production of anti-inflammatory hormones consequently reducing the inflammation in your body. This reduced inflammation helps your body heal and recover faster. Some have also touted the benefit as increased collagen production, mental clarity and calorie burning.
Cryotherapy is seemly futuristic. I remember the first time I saw someone in a cryotherapy tank was on a UFC special. It looked like the fighter had traveled back in time from the future to save us from a dystopic future. In reality, cryotherapy originated in Japan in the 1970s. It migrated to Europe in the 1980s and has been in the States for the last decade.
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What was surprising to me was the price. Some local cryotherapy places advertise a single session for 40 dollars, a 3 pack for 100 dollars and unlimited sessions for a month for 250 dollars. Comparatively speaking, it seems more affordable than a massage or some other traditional recovery methods.
What are your thoughts on cryotherapy? Beyond that, how is your preferred way to recover. I have always been a big believer in having as many tools at my disposal as possible. It will be interesting to see if cryotherapy continues to garner popularity in the future.
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