Cryotherapy Worked for the Dallas Mavericks

By on Jul 7, 2011

The Cryotherapy chamber is commonly referred to as a CryoSauna – but it’s anything but hot.

It is really a cooling chamber – that many have said looks like a giant Coors Light can. It’s an upright chamber, that clients stand in (with the head out) for 2.5 minutes.

Liquid nitrogen pumps into the chamber, regulated by a certified technician and chills the air to super-cool temperatures. Thinking this sounds a lot like an ice bath? Think again. Water could never chill so rapidly, and cannot maintain temps so low. The chamber allows for a chilling 250 degrees below zero, and does this in under three minutes.

CryoStudio of Austin is one of few facilities in the country offering total-body cryotherapy. There are less than a dozen around the country, and some are not open to the public. Many professional and elite athletes have been using cryotherapy – but this is not a therapy for those caliber performers alone.

Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry and other Mavs use it regularly.

“It revives you,” said Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks player. “It gives you a youthfulness and if you have any aches and pains, instantly when you step out of that chamber, you’re revived.”

Frigid temps prompt blood to rush to the core of the body.
“When blood is circulating through the core,” said Eric Rauscher, Millennium CEO. “It’s picking up oxygen and nutrients and enzymes and all the things that it needs to survive.”
RESULT: swelling goes down and muscles recover faster

Sports experts say full-body cryotherapy is new, but the concept is sound.
“It does make sense that if you’re doing total body therapy like that that it can affect all your muscles,” said Dr. John Heinrich, Baylor sports medicine expert. “Allow you to recover a little quicker. But I’d say there’s still a lot that needs to be understood about it.”

What will I feel?
For some, results are immediate. More commonly, 3-5 sessions (performed close together, daily or every other day is preferred) provide the lasting relief they crave.

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