The Phoenix Suns state of the art training center has included a cryotherapy chamber for players to have 3 minute recovery sessions post-games. They use the chamber for strenuous workout recovery and for injury problems such as inflammation, pain and swelling in order to keep players in top form.
Marcin Gortat, center for the Suns, talks about his experience using whole body cryotherapy and the reasons why he and his team have regular cryotherapy sessions in the Phoenix Suns’ training center. “It feels good and it works” says Marcin Gortat, about his cryotherapy sessions for post game recovery.  Performance continues to be enhanced and the players feel healthy.
What Cryotherapy Does
The blood goes to the core of the body and organs, and it is held at the core when the body is taken below 160 degrees. The blood is heavily oxygenated where the body goes into a ‘minimal survival-type mode’ from the cold. After 3 minutes in a cryotherapy chamber, the blood goes back into the extremities, bringing with it nutrients, endorphins and oxygen rich blood that helps to heal tired muscles, reduce inflammation and strain and refresh the mind and body.
One of the greatest things about nearly 300 degrees below zero is the fact that this is an entirely non-invasive way for the body to heal and recover- to recover itself, without any invasive medications that are counter-productive to the body’s own natural instincts. Because cryotherapy can be utilized several times a week, the recovery potential can be powerful for athletes who have rigorous workouts.
Teams Get Onboard the Cryo Experience
Although the Suns were one of the first teams to embrace the benefits of cryotherapy, many NBA teams and players have stepped into the cryo experience by adding a chamber for their team, including the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic and the San Antonio Spurs, just to name a few. Many individual players have created videos to show how cryotherapy chambers work, and tell about their personal experiences with the inflammation reduction and post-workout recovery they have come to depend upon, with several sessions a week and regular years of use.
Any athlete in any sport can utilize cryotherapy at a local training center, gym or spa that offers sessions. They are a short 3 minutes and the athlete can reap the worthwhile benefits to their performance and endurance. Cryotherapy is now widely available and more sessions are being offered across the country for anyone to add to their healthy lifestyle.