The Denver Nuggets have expanded their training and recovery arsenal in 2016, to include the powerful benefits of cryotherapy. The basketball players were discovering on their own, the critical value of healing benefits provided by cryotherapy, so the team owners and trainers decided to implement regular availability of cryotherapy chamber sessions in order to provide regular, ongoing treatments for the players. For the NBA Nuggets team and many other basketball teams including the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, L.A. Lakers and Portland Trailblazers, whole body cryotherapy (WBC) is providing remarkable recovery results in a short amount of time.
Cryotherapy – The What and The Why of Its Healing Potential
A cryotherapy chamber utilizes liquid nitrogen to quickly cool the body temperature below -200 degrees within 3 minutes. The body responds by pulling the blood from the extremities to the core organs, and putting the body into a temporary state where it protects itself from the extreme cold by constricting blood vessels to save energy and warmth. The body has a natural response to the cold, and an effective natural healing response the moment one steps out of the cryotherapy chamber and the body immediately resumes its normal temperature. The blood vessels open wide and absorb nutrients and oxygen and rush into the extremities to provide them with healing and protection. The cold sessions removes toxins from the bloodstream, allowing for the joints and muscles to experience inflammation reduction. This improved circulation helps the body to recover very quickly from hard workouts, intense game play and from chronic or acute injury issues. Cryotherapy is quite literally a holistic healing approach for athletes to capitalize on their overall health and healing potential. The added bonus of the lymphatic system releasing endorphins into the body and brain allows many players to experience an overall well-being feeling. Some NBA players say they feel energized and invigorated for days to come and get more rested sleep.
The Denver Nuggets know the value that regular cryotherapy sessions offer their players, because they can use the treatments twice a day, or twice a week, whatever their preference. Post workout sessions help players recover faster and allow for more intense workouts. Pregame training cryotherapy chamber treatments or post game sessions are helping players with injury issues as well as muscle exhaustion. More and more professional athletes are turning to cryotherapy as the best way to treat their bodies as a non-invasive modality that becomes a healthy lifestyle choice.