Cryotherapy chambers are the latest craze in whole body rejuvenation. These machines use nitrogen gas to surround the body with freezing cold temperatures, triggering the body’s healing mechanisms. Ryan Monaco is a PhysicalTherapist and Athletic Trainer at Sports Performance Institute. He explains one of the key benefits.
"What whole body Cryotherapy does, is it takes the time that someone would spend sitting in an ice bath… where you’re sitting in there in prolonged cold water for 30-40 minutes and decreases that time down to 3 minutes."
The treatments only take about 3 minutes, but it doesn’t replace the need for physical therapy.
"It’s just another compliment to physical therapy, strength and conditioning, and just recovery in general."
Utica Comets Defenseman Colton Saucerman is used to being on ice, but wanted to find out if this might be a better option for dealing with injuries.
"It’s not painful, it’s not…mentally I’m not having to struggle to get over of staying in there for a certain amount of time. It’s just, I know it’s the 3 minute treatment and that’s good. I’m getting the same effects of sitting in an ice bath."
The therapy isn’t just for injuries. It’s also said to help with increasing energy levels, strengthening the immune system, and even helps burn calories. Ryan Monaco tells us why this best kept secret isn’t so secret.
"Very little advertising, just word of mouth. People have come in and used the machine, and then tagged themselves on facebook, and the power of social media has just kind of done the rest."
The only problem they’re having at the Sports Performance Institute is keeping a 230 liter nitrogen tank from going empty after the sudden rush of people wanting to try Cryotherapy.
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