ORLANDO. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Cryotherapy is fast becoming the treatment of choice for pro athletes, like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, who are looking to recover from intense training. But it is also becoming more widely available to everyday sufferers of chronic pain and those looking for faster healing after injury. Here are the cold, hard details on this cutting-edge treatment.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jermaine Taylor dribbled and scored his way to the NBA, but a knee injury had him sidelined very early in his career.
Taylor told Ivanhoe, “Second game of the season, I did a move and came down, landed on my leg wrong.”
Wanting to get back in the game as soon as possible, Taylor went to Lorrie Jago, a licensed practical nurse and expert in cryotherapy.
“Cryotherapy is the use of extreme cold temperatures to stimulate healing throughout your body,” said Jago. (Read Full Interview)
A person is placed in a special chamber with temperatures as low as negative 240 degrees Fahrenheit, for three minutes sessions.
“This triggers a reaction in your nervous system, your sensory receptors in your skin send signals to your brain that you are in trouble. This sets off a whole chain of events inside your nervous system that go to healing,” explained Jago.
But how effective is cryotherapy in the healing process? More research is needed to answer that question, but Taylor said it’s working for him.
“It’s just three minutes of being uncomfortable, but as soon as you get out, you feel the relief right away,” said Taylor, who is getting back to the game that he has loved for more than twenty years.
Recent studies on athletes under the age of 35 indicate that cryotherapy is good for quick pain relief, but may not speed the healing process significantly. Jago said the treatment is also beneficial for those suffering from arthritis, but would not be good for those with heart conditions or women who are pregnant since it is too much of a stressor on the body. Cryotherapy is not covered by insurance.
Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Supervising Producer; Milvionne Chery, Field Producer; Roque Correa, Editor; Tony D’Astoli, Videographer.
MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS – RESEARCH SUMMARY
TOPIC: Cryotherapy: Chill Your Way to Faster Recovery?
REPORT: MB #4176
BACKGROUND: Cryotherapy is a form of therapy that involves being exposed to extremely cold dry air, usually between −100°C and −140°C, for around 2 to 5 minutes, in a controlled room. During the exposure to this therapy, individuals wear minimal clothing like gloves, a woolen headband covering the ears, a nose and mouth mask, and dry shoes and socks to reduce the risk of developing a cold-related injury.
REASONS FOR CRYOTHERAPY: Although cryotherapy was originally developed to treat chronic medical conditions, like sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, it has become increasingly popular with athletes. The reason for this is because the results of this therapy include a reduction in inflammation, analgesia, and enhanced recovery after exercise. Cryotherapy can be performed after exercise and may be repeated several times in the same day or multiple times over a number of weeks.
PROCEDURE: During the procedure, the patient is placed in a chamber where they are surrounded by liquid nitrogen vapors for 3 minutes. The temperature is reduced to as low as -240F, which triggers a reaction in the nervous system; the sensory receptors in the skin send signals to the brain that the body is in trouble. The procedure sets off a whole chain of natural events inside the nervous system that causes the body to start healing, anti-inflammation that boots energy and it promotes collagen production. In order for cryotherapy to work, it needs to be done in sessions; but, the procedures can be scheduled for as many times a three times a week, or even once a month.
(Source: Lorrie Jago)
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