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Cryotherapy: The ice bag goes high-tech

4. Travis Jaboro of TroyCity Cryolounge supervises Sammy Jabiro of Sterling Heights as he tries cryotherapy for the first time. PHOTO/AJ KAJY

BY AJ KAJY
OU News Bureau

Recovery has its latest trend, cryotherapy. Exposing parts of the body to cold air has entered the mainstream.

It is a form of body therapy that originated from Japan in 1978. In the United States, the process has not been certified by the Food and Drug Administration, which has not found sufficient evidence to support the claims of cryotherapy. That has not stopped people from using it.

Cryotherapy uses cold air that reaches minus 150 to minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

“Its main objective is to stimulate the body with cold air and help increase the flow of blood to the parts of body that need it,” said Andre Kzirian, who has a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from Wayne State University.

“The cryochamber allows the body to reach a colder temperature, which helps with the improved recovery,” Kzirian said.

Once out of the chamber, the outside of the body begins to return to normal. The inside core remains at a colder temperature. This is done to protect the body while allowing the body to recovery on its own.

The cryochamber provides recovery through subzero temperatures. Users stand inside the chamber for a few minutes to feel the benefits. PHOTO/AJ KAJY

“If the skin is exposed to such drastic changes in temperature it can be damaged,” Kzirian said. “The inner core remaining at cold temperatures allows the healing process to occur naturally.”

Every aspect is designed to improve the body’s recovery time for several health issues.

“Cryo helps alleviate arthritis, joint pain and can reduce inflammation, among many other pains,” Kzirian said. “The versatility of the chamber is what makes it great.”

Athletes

Lebron James has awed the basketball world with his play. He is 32 years old and in peak physical condition. He credits that to the frozen air in cryotherapy.

James is the headliner when it comes to the list of athletes who using this form of treatment, including Floyd Mayweather, Kobe Bryant and Andre Drummond.

Aaron Brown, Gold’s Gym owner in Grand Blanc, is an avid runner who has used cryotherapy for years.

“One ankle injury and a doctor’s visit later, I was going to that (cryolounge) place regularly. I didn’t know much about it at first … now I recommend it to all my clients,” Brown said.

“I’ve run marathons in the cold of New York and the dry heat of Las Vegas, and once I am done I find a cryolounge to recover,” Brown said.

The versatility of cryotherapy appeals to athletes who cannot dedicate hours of recovery after a workout.

Methods

There are videos on the internet of celebrities in the full-body chamber. People using the full-body method step into the chamber and are exposed to the cold air. They spend two or three minutes in it.

Alexander Enochs exposes his legs to subzero air at TroyCity Cryolounge. PHOTO/AJ KAJY

Users of cryotherapy can have it done on select areas of the body with special equipment designated to treat legs and arms.

“All the time, sports guys would come in and elect to do partial therapy all the time,” said Travis Jaboro, owner of TroyCity Cryolounge in Troy. “It’s such a simple process. I don’t know why not all athletes or fitness junkie do it.”

Forever young

The most decorated careers in the sporting world get cut short by an aging body. An athlete cannot play forever. They are looking for new methods to extend their careers.

For an athlete, the cool, dry air provided through the cryochamber serves as an option to prolong them.

“The cold air allows the rapid circulation of blood to the areas that need recovery. This causes the skin’s aging process to slow down” Kzirian said. “In a way, it keeps the skin fresh.”

“It might not take a 40 year old and make him 20 again, but if you want to preserve your body as long as possible, this therapy will do better than anything else can,” Kzirian said.

 

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