This weekend I tried cryotherapy. Yes, that’s right. I voluntarily put myself into a -250 degree box for fun. The session lasted for three minutes and, while it was the longest three minutes of my life, the benefits I experienced afterwards were well worth the cold.
Cryotherapy is a method of pain treatment that exposes the body to extremely cold temperatures in order to heal muscle soreness, reduce inflammation, and improve health. Cryotherapy is also said to boost energy, relieve stress, and improve skin among other things.
Although all the benefits sounded great, it was the promise of reduced inflammation and muscle soreness that peaked my interest. You see, I am in the process of training for my second half marathon. If that wasn’t hard enough I am still recovering from a foot and ankle injury that set me back big time. As my training runs begin to get longer the discomfort and soreness I’m experiencing in my foot, ankle, and legs is worsening. And so, despite working with my physical therapist and using a training plan I was eager to see if the benefits associated with cryotherapy were true.
And the verdict?
Yep! Cryotherapy definitely helped to ease my muscle soreness and stiffness. I highly recommend it for those looking for an additional way to recover from injury. I must say the effects I felt were not immediate and it took about to day for me notice a change. However, after an amazing night sleep, the pain I was feeling from my run the day before was gone and the soreness/stiffness in my feet, calves, shins, and ankles was greatly reduced. DISCLAIMER: The only benefit I did not experience was the energy boost, I was absolutely exhausted afterwards. But, looking back it’s not the worst benefit to miss out on (plus I got a great nap out of it). If you are considering cryotherapy, don’t let the cold deter you from all the benefits it has to offer. Your body will thank you for it!