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Recently, our company has made a major addition to what we offer our athletes. It’s a big chamber that you stand in and it gets filled up with a gas form of liquid nitrogen. If that doesn’t sound weird enough yet, it gets to -200 degrees fahrenheit and you stand in there in your underwear for 3 minutes.
As ridiculous and crazy as that might sound, we pulled the trigger on adding this to our new facility in Decatur. We had plenty of skeptical friends and family members ask us why and I wanted to take the opportunity to address “the why” with all of you as well.
First I want to define our goal as a company. We are here to help everyone achieve their athletic goals, period. That could be through physical therapy as we get an injured person back to training. Developing strength programming for a runner to help them stay injury-free. Even taking someone post rotator cuff tear repair back to competitively performing the Olympic lifts again. If you have a body, you’re an athlete in our eyes.
A trend over the past few years in professional athletics has been the addition of Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) to the training regiment of these professional athletes. I’m fortunate as an educator with the MobilityWOD group that I get exposed to cutting edge technology that these professionals seek out for an advantage. WBC is something I kept seeing over and over at pro/division I college teams.
The last straw for me was when I saw Dr. James Andrews, MD had agreed to come on as the chair of the advisory board for Impact Cryotherapy. He had added these WBC units to his performance and rehab facility in Florida as well.
Dr. Andrews is one of the most well respected Orthopedic Surgeons in the US and has become famous for his Tommy John elbow surgery that he’s performed on countless professional MLB players.
At the time of me finding out about Dr. Andrews I had started doing my own research review on WBC. Like most things the research was mixed both showing positive outcomes and stating that more research was needed. As somone one that has been a part of big research studies, I can tell you more research is always needed! I can also tell you that research is typically 5 years behind what very progressive strength coaches and practitioners are doing. We want to be on the cutting edge and we want to give our athletes every advantage out there.
In regards to the science we do currently know about WBC, it’s very promising. Some of the interesting effects we are able to get with WBC exposure are:
The second approach we use this for is the accelerated treatment of post-surgical patients. This is one of the ways they are using cryotherapy in professional teams, with very successfully results. Essentially, if we can expose our athletes to this stimulus early on and often we can expedite the rehab process. What if your doctor told you that you could expect 9 months before returning to sport activities after a shoulder surgery. That’s a long time to be inactive. Well, what if we could cut that down to 6 months? That’s what we are doing with this technology!
I think in the next 3-5 years, you will see many more clinics like the one we have established in Decatur. This technology is the real deal and we are so excited to be able to help our athletes on a whole new level. It’s one thing to read about it but it’s an entirely different thing to experience it yourself!
If you’re interested in trying this out yourself, give us a call. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have. We’ll make sure you’re a good fit for what we do and can get you set up with an appointment.
Dr. Danny and Dr. Jackie's views on performance improvement, injury prevention and sometimes other random thoughts.