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Using natural therapies for sports performance enhancement, recovery and pain relief can offer long-term benefits without the negative side effects of many conventional treatments.

Cold-water immersion, better known as an ice bath, is one well-known technique used to reduce soreness and shorten recovery time after a tough training session. Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) can provide the benefits of an ice bath in a fraction of the time.

Studies show WBC enhances antioxidant capacity and aids cardiovascular recovery, and it also alters inflammatory pathways related to sports recovery. In other words, a cryotherapy treatment can slow the onset of fatigue, increase cardiovascular recovery rate, and decrease creatine kinase (a product of muscle breakdown) following a difficult training session.

Researchers concluded these results in a 2012 study on 12 high-ranking professional tennis players. The authors stated: “Applying whole-body cryostimulation in conjunction with moderate-intensity training was more effective for the recovery process than the training itself.” (J Athl Train, 2012)

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