How to Recover from Winter Injuries

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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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How Cryotherapy Can Stimulate Collagen Production

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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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Improve Sleep with Cryotherapy

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If you are having trouble with your sleep, you are likely looking for a solution. Instead of relying on sleeping pills that may have dangerous and addictive side effects, making the switch to standing in a cryochamber for a few minutes can be better for your health. Not only can you improve sleep with cryotherapy, but you can reap a multitude of other heath benefits in the process.

Improve Your Overall Wellness

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) rapidly drops the body’s surface temperature through exposure to cold nitrogen vapors. This process tricks your body into hypothermia mode and draws a majority of your blood into its core where nutrient-enriching and oxygenation occur. Upon exiting the cryochamber, the nutrient-rich blood is released and pumped vigorously back into tissues, effectively detoxifying and stimulating growth and regeneration.

How Cryotherapy Improves Your Sleep

Endorphins are also released a result of triggering your nervous system and can lead to a lasting feeling of euphoria after cryotherapy, followed by relaxation. The release of endorphins and anti-inflammatory properties has been shown to help combat insomnia and the effects of sleep disorders.

Cryotherapy is also effective at reducing inflammation and muscles aches in your body via a total systemic response that is triggered by hypothermic conditions. The analgesic effects brought on by cryotherapy are a result of an effective system “reboot”. The absence of chronic pain and inflammation, even temporarily, can help you fall and stay asleep better.

Rest and Recovery

Cryotherapy can also stimulate the vagus nerve, the main nerve center responsible for your parasympathetic nervous system. Effective stimulation of the vagus nerves can significantly reduce inflammation and also trigger your body’s relaxation response by releasing acetylcholine and communicating with other parts of your body.

By scheduling regular whole body cryotherapy appointments, you can improve your sleeping patterns and expect to wake up feeling rested and energized.

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5 Natural Ways to Relieve Inflammation

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In this life, you only get one body – you want to look and feel as good as possible, right? You don’t have to suffer any longer! Here’s your guide to relieve inflammation . . . the natural way!

The Natural Foodie Ways to Relieve Inflammation

1. First things first, are you getting enough omega-3 fatty acids? Inflammation can be extremely painful, and has been known to cause irritation, infection, redness, and swelling. However, fueling your body with omega-3 fatty acids has been known to counteract this discomfort. Just where can you find these good, fatty acids?

  • Fish Oil
  • Chia Seeds
  • Herring and Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Flaxseeds

2. Are you currently getting enough vitamin D? Used to treat a variety of ailments, including bone weakness and pain, bone loss, and inflammation, there are different ways to consume vitamin D, including:

  • Supplements
  • Cheese
  • Egg Yolks (other dairy products)
  • Beef Liver

3. This may be the hardest tip of all, but it’s an important one: avoid Sugar! Sugar tastes good, gets in the way of the healing process and can cause mayhem in the long term. The rule of moderation applies – sometimes, you just need to treat your body. However, think about it: Is suffering from inflammation worth consuming large amounts of sugar? If you have a sweet tooth, it may be difficult, but try to avoid foods that are high in sugar.

4. There should be plenty of antioxidant-rich foods included in your diet. Particularly, antioxidants can help keep you healthy, and even assist in preventing diseases, as they prohibit the oxidation of other molecules in the body. While you can take an antioxidant vitamin, it’s also easy to find these nutrients in common foods. Try eating the following (perhaps you already do):

  • Purple and Red Grapes
  • Blueberries and Strawberries
  • Nuts (specifically, walnuts)
  • Dark Green Vegetables (the best examples are broccoli, spinach, kale, and collard greens)

5. The Techie Way

While inflammation is the healing way the body responds to injury, it can cause diseases when chronic.

Whole body cryotherapy is a natural and healthy alternative to pain relievers. The cold temperature cause the body to reboot itself, increasing the release of anti-inflammatory chemicals that will soothe the affected areas. The improved blood flow will allow for a more effective elimination of the toxins that were slowing down the healing process.
There are many benefits to using cryotherapy from physical recovery to health and wellness; its most immediate being alleviating pain and decreasing inflammation.

If you want to relieve inflammation the natural way, then start incorporating the tips listed above into your daily life. Unfortunately, change takes time. You can’t consume a bunch of blueberries today, and sporadically feel better tomorrow. However, if you begin making consistent changes, and stick with a plan, you’ll be sure to feel better in no time!

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Can You Lose Weight with Cryotherapy?

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When combined with a nutritious diet and exercise plan, it is possible to lose weight with cryotherapy. Stepping into a whole body cryotherapy chamber can speed up your metabolism and burn hundreds of calories.

How Does Cryotherapy Promote Weight Loss?

The extreme cold temperatures make your body think it’s in danger and notify your brain that it needs extra blood flow. This increases your body heat and metabolism. After you get out of the cold chamber, your body will have to use a lot of energy to get warm again, helping you burn more calories. The effects of metabolism boost last for up to 24 hours after a session, which means you are on optimal functioning mode without having much to do.

To lose weight with cryotherapy, it’s recommended to book at least 10 sessions over the course of two to three weeks. While not a treatment designed to make you shed those extra pounds, it has its place in your weight management journey.

If you’ve never tried cryotherapy before, the idea of standing in a freezing chamber might sound scary. However, you will only be in the chamber for a few minutes and carefully monitored by a trained staff.

Tips to Prepare for Your First Cryotherapy Session

  • Arrive about 15 minutes early. This will give you plenty of time to fill out paperwork and ask any questions you have about the treatment.
  • Exercise before your appointment. Whole body cryotherapy will help your muscles recover faster from the workout by reducing inflammation.
  • Take a deep breath before entering the cold chamber. It will help calm your nerves.
  • Make sure your socks are dry when you step into the cold chamber. Any dampness increases the risk of frostbite.

If you are not quite ready for whole body cryotherapy yet, you can try localized cryotherapy treatments. With these treatments, cold is applied to a specific part of your body, like your legs or arms. It will have the benefit of getting you familiar with the concept and boost your collagen production (i.e. decrease cellulite).

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Try Cryotherapy

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Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is not just for well-trained athletes or for professional healthcare advocates. It’s for everyone!

Cryotherapy and Skin Rejuvenation

The sub-zero treatment helps stimulate skin tissue through vasoconstriction (tightening of blood vessels). When blood rapidly rushes back to the extremities after cold treatment, the force helps to flush out toxins and rejuvenate tissues. Many describe the feeling after a session in the cryo chamber as feeling reenergized and recharged. Cryo Facials™ are a more localized treatment that focuses on the areas around the face and neck to encourage collagen production and maintain elasticity.

Cryotherapy for Everyone 

Not only do real women also engage in WBC as a part of their beauty and fitness regimen, but the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills paid a visit to a cryotherapy facility to experience the health and beauty benefits of cold therapy.

Watch and have a laugh as the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills try WBC and see how easy it is to try! If they did it, you can too! Make it a regular part of your beauty and wellness routine. Maybe even grab a few girlfriends for some real fun!

5 Ways to Detoxify after the Holidays

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A new year has officially begun, meaning it’s also time to detoxify after the holidays and their parade of goodies. Think about everything you’ve put into your body the past few months. From carbs to desserts, even alcoholic drinks, you could most likely benefit from a good cleanse.

When it comes to cleansing or detoxing, a variety of options are available, such as juicing. However, depending on your specific needs and goals, it’s important to find the best method for you.

5 Ways to Detoxify after the Holidays

The holidays have come and gone. So, are you ready to get clean? Consider these tips to assist you in looking better, and feeling better.

  1. Drink lots of water: Water is a great way to flush out unwanted toxins. Furthermore, water can also prevent you from eating. In fact, hunger pains may not be hunger pains at all, but just your body alerting you that it’s thirsty. It’s recommended to drink water throughout the day, as well as right before a meal, to prevent you from choosing unhealthy foods. Water is a great source to keep your skin looking flawless, meaning water can have you feeling and looking better. Need a bit of flavor? Add lemon or lime.
  2. Feed your body: After over-indulging throughout the holidays, you may be tempted to starve yourself, or hardly eat. However, it’s still important to feed and fuel your body, but with smart and healthy choices. For example, try consuming plant-based meals (i.e. green foods) as often as possible. Stick with fruits and vegetables to get your body back on track.
  3. Rest your digestive system – No one wants to starve themselves. Where’s the fun in that? Not to mention, you may be even more tempted to chow on foods that aren’t good for you. However, you can try a version of fasting, in which you consume your last meal at 7 p.m., and then don’t eat again until lunch the next day. When you wake up in the morning, try just having a cup of coffee. This process will give your digestive system a chance to rest and regroup after working overtime throughout the holidays.
  4. Sweat it out: Exercise is important. If you really want your body to detox, then consider sweating out unwanted toxins. Running or any type of cardio is a great way to accomplish this task. However, yoga is highly recommended, too. Yoga will not only rid your body of toxins, but allow you to regroup, relax, and gain back all of the energy you lost throughout the season. SImply put, yoga has the ability to reconnect you to your body.
  5. Cryotherapy: Whole body Cryotherapy is a new and popular technique used to help you take care of your body. The process in which you literally freeze your body into shape will boost your metabolism, and give you a jolt of energy. Furthermore, cryotherapy will help with the circulation of your blood flow, delivering oxygen and nutrients and powerfully flushing out toxins.

Detox Today!

If you’re serious about detoxing after the holidays, then remember the most important tip: Start today! The longer you wait to get healthy, the harder it will become. No more excuses! From cryotherapy that reboots your entire system to water, your safe options are plenty. The holidays are over, and it’s time to detoxify!

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Is Cryotherapy for Everybody?

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Cryotherapy uses freezing temperatures to treat a wide variety of ailments, including muscle soreness, depression and arthritis, to name a few. Individuals who want this treatment can choose between localized and whole body cryotherapy. Localized cryotherapy involves applying cold just to the injured area while Whole Body Cryotherapy exposes the entire body to sub-zero liquid nitrogen.

Here are a few groups who can especially benefit from cryotherapy:

Athletes

Whether they are cross country runners or play football, it’s common for athletes to experience muscle soreness from their sport. When their muscles hurt, athletes are not able to give their best performance on the field. That’s why cryotherapy is so beneficial to them. Cold therapy increases blood flow to the muscles, helping them recover faster and train harder.

Fibromyalgia Patients

Individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia experience chronic pain and fatigue on a daily basis. While there is no cure for this condition, fibromyalgia patients can find relief from cold therapy. Cold temperatures can reduce inflammation in the joints, improve circulation in the body and promote better sleep.

Depression Sufferers

Cryotherapy can also be used to treat depression by increasing blood flow and releasing endorphins. People who suffer from depression may feel euphoric after stepping out of a cold chamber.

Cryotherapy Contraindications

While cryotherapy can help treat many ailments, it isn’t for everyone. If you are pregnant or suffer from any of the following, consult with your doctor before trying WBC.

Hypertension
Acute or Recent Myocardial Infarction Arrhythmia
Symptomatic Cardiovascular Disease
Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease
Cardiac Pacemaker
Venous Thrombosis
Uncontrolled Seizures
Acute or Recent Cerebrovascular Injury
Raynaud’s Syndrome
Fever
Lung Disorders
Severe Anemia
Bleeding Disorders
Cold Allergy
Claustrophobia
Acute Kidney Disease
Urinary Tract Disease

A session of cryotherapy is perfectly safe (except in the cases cited above) and conducted under the strict supervision of trained staff and can bring you a relief you had not imagined. Whether you are training for a championship, or just need to get a boost of energy, cryotherapy is worth a try.

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Cryotherapy Benefit : Metabolism Boost

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If you’re actively searching for new health trends this year, then you may be interested in learning more about one specific cryotherapy benefit. To save time and energy (keep it for the gym), we’ll go ahead and give you a clue: Whole Body Cryotherapy can increase your metabolism. Intrigued? Ready to know more? Keep reading to discover why your body deserves this ultimate treat.

About Cryotherapy

Is there a chill in the air? You may not be completely familiar with WBC, as people in the know call it, but it’s a new(ish) health trend that just happens to be taking the world by storm. Looking for a quick and easy way to get fit? This could be it!

Cryotherapy is a three-minute treatment, in which an individual stands in a deep freezer chamber, all the while the temperature continues to drop – to a very chilly -256 degrees fahrenheit. Not a fan of the cold? You may be after learning exactly what the cold can do for you. For example, whole body cryotherapy claims to burn (or, in this case, freeze) off up to 800 calories in the 24 hours post-treatment. Not too shabby for a fast, albeit freezing, three minutes, right?

The treatment boosts metabolism and encourages it to work full speed, releases endorphins (which are proven to make you happy), helps soothe those achy muscles, improves your sleeping patterns, reduces cellulite, calms inflammation, and, the best for last: Whole body cryotherapy can even assist in reversing signs of aging.

How It Works

What’s the big secret behind whole body cryotherapy? It’s believed that the nitrogen used during the treatment “tricks” the body into believing it’s in danger – a sense of fear, if you will. The body then goes into preservation mode. The brain then sends signals to the rest of the body, and in turn, blood rushes to the core for protection. This act causes body heat to increase, as well as an individual’s metabolism. Once this process is complete, the enriched blood then rushes through the rest of the body, helping to boost immunity, cell renewal, and even natural pain relievers.

A-list celebrities even seem to enjoy benefits of cryotherapy, as Demi Moore, Chelsea Handler, Mandy Moore, Jessica Alba, and Jennifer Aniston have all been rumored to have jumped on the bandwagon (in the cryo chamber), and started chilling.

But the good news doesn’t stop there! Whole Body Cryotherapy has also been known to assist with a wide variety of other health issues and ailments, including back pain, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and basic joint pain (i.e. sore shoulders, twisted ankle, sprained wrist).

Ready to give it a try? No matter how busy you are, or what your schedule’s like, you have three minutes to spare, don’t you? (You can be in and out in 10 minutes!)

Feel Better Today: The Number One Cryotherapy Benefit

It’s a new year, and if you want to look and feel better, then you may need to try a new treatment. Once you get started, you won’t regret it! This cryotherapy benefit is too good to miss. From gaining a metabolism boost to cell renewal, what do you have to lose?

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When to Use Localized Cryotherapy?

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Much like Whole Body Cryotherapy, localized cryotherapy has become increasingly popular not only amongst athletes and Hollywood stars. People suffering from conditions like arthritis benefit greatly from this technique. When is it best to use localized cryotherapy as opposed to WBC or another healing method?

Why is Cryotherapy so Popular?

Every time star athletes or celebrities promote something, many people feel that it is only a craze that won’t last. This couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to cryotherapy.

The benefits of cryotherapy are threefold:

  • Well being: it helps reduce stress, improve sleep, facilitate jet lag recovery. It also provides relaxation and increases energy levels.
  • Health: it is used in physical medicine to help recover faster after an intense training session; it also improves athletic performances, treats muscular and inflammatory pathologies and is known for being efficient in post surgery recovery.
  • Beauty: anti-aging, weight loss support and cellulite reduction, skin care by increasing collagen production.

When to Use Localized Cryotherapy?

Whole Body Cryotherapy acts on your body as a whole therefore providing an overall beneficial healing effect. If you need to target a specific area, then localized cryotherapy is right for you. The handheld device allows the pressurized stream of liquid nitrogen to be directed towards the part of the body that needs it.

Any part of the body can be treated:

Medical: for sufferers of chronic pain essentially, localized cryotherapy will allow them to treat the single zone that it causing them pain. It is also recommended after an injury or surgery to reduce inflammation, bruising and speeds the natural healing process.

Beauty: when localized cryotherapy is used as a beauty treatment, the option to specifically target one single zone produces a better result. It is reported to help treat skin disorders and trigger the natural production of collagen (hence diminishing wrinkles and increasing skin elasticity).

Cryotherapy stimulates the body’s natural healing response especially against inflammation, swelling and pain. But it also improves blood flow which helps get rid of toxins, therefore boosting your immune system. Many women like it for its efficiency in skin rejuvenation (Cryofacials™) and they choose localized cryotherapy so they can work on a specific part of the body, neck and face for better results. When you can target a specific area, you can achieve faster results.

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