recover from winter injuries

You are certainly not alone if you have experienced injury or pain while enjoying a favorite winter pursuit. Before taking to the great outdoors to join in winter activities, be aware of potential injuries waiting to snare you. Adopting a “prevention is better than cure” approach is a wise strategy to follow, and helps avoid any need to recover from winter injuries.

5 Awareness Tips for Winter Pursuits

Following these general tips will help you stay safer outside while engaging in your chosen seasonal activity. While it may seem simple common sense:

  1. Multiple layers of clothing insulate your body and can be discarded as needed
  2. Keep hydrated with frequent water breaks to keep your body functioning well
  3. Start with vital muscle warm-up routines like light exercise or stretching
  4. Avoid the push-the-limit/dare-devil approach, particularly when tired
  5. If you do suffer pain or injury, stop the activity immediately

Recover From Winter Injuries Using P. R. I. C. E Principles

Injury victims should consider the P.R.I.C.E approach as soon as possible after sustaining an injury. The first 24 to 72 hour period is particularly important. Let’s take a closer look at the basic principles of “PRICE”:

P = Protection – Protection is intended to minimize any risk of further injury in the affected zone. In the case of an injured foot, for example, crutches will help redistribute gravitational issues, thereby avoiding further weight bearing aggravation.

R = Rest – Rest is usually the first thing your physician recommends following an injury. While time is the best healer, few of us are in a position to take time off and rest up. Rest that is not completely restrictive is fine. As any physio will concur, some movement in the form of gentle ranges of motion and joint and muscle movement in the area of the injury is essential.

I = Ice – The word “ice” in this context alludes to the use of cold temperature treatments. These include a form of treatment we call cryotherapy, something our earliest ancestors used in the treatment of injuries. Ice helps reduce inflammation and decrease pain when applied to the affected area. Perhaps the most common example is the ‘magic’ plastic bag filled with ice cubes introduced to the pain zone or injury area. Whole body cryotherapy or localized cryotherapy are highly effective forms of ice treatment for injuries.

C = Compression – Compression wrapping the injured area not only provides support, but also helps contain further swelling. A nurse or other trained person that knows about the correct use of elastic bandages in treating injuries should apply the wrapping. The right tension is required, but not overly tight to cause numbness around the injury.

E = Elevation – Elevation, or lifting is used to reduce the accumulation of fluid in or around the injury. This is important for controlling swelling and reducing pain.

Recover from Winter Injuries – Bring on the Ice!

The PRICE concept is crucial to the healing process. It starts by protecting the injured area from further damage. PRICE offers a holistic approach in injury treatment, and assists those affected recover from winter injuries. You don’t have to wait for an injury to enjoy the many benefits of our advanced form of treatment, namely whole body cryotherapy or localized cryotherapy.

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stimulate collagen production

Ageing is not exactly something we would look forward to if it comes with a wide array of ailments, pains and wrinkled skin. But if there is a way to feel better and look younger, growing old in good health is quite appealing. Cryotherapy helps on both fronts. Among other significant benefits, it can stimulate collagen production.

What is Collagen and Why is it Important?

Collagen is the protein we’re made of. Indeed, it is abundantly present in our body: in our muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, tendons… It’s the glue that holds us together.

Collagen is what the skin needs to keep its elasticity and as we age, the protein is produced less and less, the skin loses its elasticity, we get wrinkles. That’s why we wear creams with retinol, which is the collagen nutrient, though the results are often unsatisfactory. But the decrease in collagen production is also responsible for weaker muscles and joints, and osteoarthritis.

How Cryotherapy Promotes Collagen Production

Cryotherapy is essentially a procedure that reboots our body. Shocked into believing our core is in danger, the body enters survival mode for a few minutes, constricting the blood vessels to preserve the temperature. The blood rush that follows when we are out of the cryochamber delivers oxygen and nutrient throughout and eliminates blood waste and toxins faster. This cell regenerative process stimulates their natural functions, one of them being collagen production.

Whole Body Cryotherapy will have positive effects on our body at every level boosting our blood and nervous system. In a more targeted use, to reduce fine lines, diminish blemishes and oxygenate the skin, localized cryotherapy and Cryofacials™have the same impact but on a smaller scale. Because specific areas are treated without exposing the entire body to the sub-zero cold, cryotherapy facials last longer and produce more immediate visible results.

The difference between Whole Body Cryotherapy or Cryofacials and a day or night time cream that contains collagen is that the first two stimulate the body to actually produce the protein while the creams are just a temporary fix with chemicals and added layers of components.

The session of cryotherapy facial is around ten minutes long, and you can even have it done with your makeup on! Your skin will soon regain elasticity and appear smoother. Cryotherapy facials not only help to restore firmness, elasticity and tone, but promote a healthy glow and help decrease pigmentation. WBC is only 3 minutes maximum, but will help the whole body restore its “hard drive”.

Stay Healthy and Defy Age

Neglecting to promote our collagen levels has serious consequences for our health, not just our looks. Now that modern technologies can stimulate collagen production, we have no more excuse to let age diminish us.

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