Everyone is familiar with using ice as a recovery tool, but do we really know why that is. Today our ESP trainers will break down this form of therapy, less commonly known as cryotherapy, and the reasons why medical professionals, fitness trainers, and others use it daily.
Cryotherapy refers to a variety of cold applications that can be utilized to aid in recovery after exercise or to treat an injury. Cryotherapy can be used for both acute or chronic ailments. Your acute ailments would include your typical sports injury, surgery, etc. While your chronic ailments include tendonitis and other long term issues. Some of the more common ways of using cryotherapy include are:
Although most think that icing only has effects on muscles, nothing could be further from the truth. It has been documented that both sensory and motor nerves have been effected with the use of cryotherapy. With nerves being the pathways for pain signals, those who use cryotherapy can have a significant reduction in pain.
Nerves are not the only other thing effected by cryotherapy, several studies have shown improved cardiac efficiency as well noting a lower heart rate, increased cardiac output and increased stroke volume.
All in all, our ESP trainers know how soreness can affect your performance. We wanted to share some knowledge to our athletes about what tactics we use and confide in. Hopefully this will help you make a better choice of which method is best. Here are a couple hints and tricks to aid in your endeavors: