(DGIwire) – To heat up their performance on the green or in the field, some pro athletes are opting to get cold—very cold. According to an October 2016 article in GOLF magazine, whole body cryotherapy—which involves standing in a cryosauna filled with nitrogen vapor at temperatures between -90°C to -120°C for up to three minutes—is gaining popularity on the PGA Tour, as just one example. Several PGA touring pros have already taken the deep freeze, reports the magazine, including Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson and Padraig Harrington. In doing so, they join the athletes across a wide range of other sports who have also stepped into a cryosauna on the recommendation of their chiropractors, and reported that the experience leaves them feeling invigorated and may also contribute to a decrease in recovery time after a workout.
“Cryotherapy is an important part of my players’ recovery programs and could be appealing to players in any sport,” says Dr. Troy Van Biezen, a chiropractor at Dallas-based ChiroSports Specialists, who is quoted in the GOLF article. “As a chiropractor to many athletes, my mission is to provide the highest quality, individualized treatment that yields the fastest results. I have found that cryotherapy can help accomplish this as a quick, comfortable and safe alternative to an ice bath.”
Although no definitive medical benefits have been proven in conjunction with cryotherapy, sports chiropractors—like Dr. Van Biezen—may find it very appealing because of what may happen to the body when it is exposed to very cold temperatures. For example, according to a Harvard Medical School report, cold temperatures shunt blood to the interior of the body, with one study suggesting that the blood subsequently exhibits a two- to threefold jump in levels of norepinephrine, a naturally occurring hormone that may play a role in reducing pain and inflammation.
Some sports chiropractors, like Dr. Van Biezen, have yet another reason to recommend cryotherapy to their clients: their cryosaunas are manufactured by Atlanta-based Impact Cryotherapy. To date, the company has sold more than 200 of its octagon-shaped whole body cryosauna to professional sports teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL as well as Division 1 collegiate programs. In addition to multiple retail locations in 38 states and more than a half-dozen major markets worldwide. Impact Cryotherapy has a team of specialists that assist and support all aspects of incorporating cryotherapy into a sports chiropractic practice. Impact’s consultant team works with each partner to create strategic business strategies to support a successful implementation into a practice. Installation and training are designed for maximum efficiency and safe operation of the Impact cryosauna.
“To stay hot in competition, more athletes are finding the deep freeze of cryotherapy to be especially appealing,” Dr. Van Biezen adds.
Those who might be interested in adding an Impact Cryotherapy cryosauna to their facility should contact https://impactcryo.com/contact-us/.