Tired of squeezing fresh orange juice and swallowing countless dietary supplements? There’s another way to help your body heal and boost its immune system: full-body cryotherapy.
Strictly speaking, cryotherapy is any treatment that uses freezing temperatures to treat the body. Think cold showers, plunge pools and ice packs used to treat bumps and bruises on the sports field. Or ice baths, a core principle of the Wim Hof Method and a favourite method used by athletes to speed recovery and improve performance by dissipating lactic acid build-up in the muscles.
Exposing the body to freezing temperatures in short sessions kicks off the body’s instinct to produce more of the natural hormones and antibodies that support the immune system. The extreme cold also fires up the body’s oxygenated blood circulation, which helps deliver much-needed hormones and antibodies to the extremities.
Our Dubai-based startup REVIVE has designed and developed a range of cryotherapy options, REVIVE EQ, the company’s whole-body cryotherapy cabins for the region’s top racehorses, have been featured on CNN. They’re now in talks with stables and professional equestrian trainers from Japan to Kentucky on how best to support many types of competiton horses. These include thoroughbred flat racers, steeplechasers, show jumpers, endurance horses and even hardworking military and police horses.
But REVIVE management is also focused on providing cryotherapy solutions for humans, who need strong immune systems now more than ever during the current coronavirus pandemic.
Many UAE residents who used to go to the gym regularly are setting up their own home gyms now. These aren’t just weights and a mat, but fully equipped private gyms that will replace their expensive gym memberships altogether. A smaller, personal cryotherapy cabin, along with a range of applicators to target specific areas of the body, can complete any program designed to improve overall wellbeing.
Our machines were engineered in Scandinavia by experienced cryo engineers and developed in close cooperation with dermatologists and physiotherapists. The benefits of regular cryotherapy sessions include:
- Improved skin condition by encouraging cell rejuvenation and boosting collagen production for a tauter looking face
- Helping to repair damaged skin by expelling toxins. This will also improve acne, eczema and psoriasis
- Naturally increasing the body’s metabolism for faster weight loss, helping to burn up to 800 calories over six days following a three-minute session
When it comes to sports, cryotherapy – in the form of ice baths – can help professional and amateur athletes recover more quickly from intensive training. With temperatures as low as minus 140° Celsius, the dry, cold sessions are shorter and safer with much less chance of catching a chill afterwards. Research has shown than cryotherapy can also:
- Help improve athletic performance by reducing tissue inflammation, boosting the body’s immune system and triggering the production of natural enzymes
- Reduce muscle and joint pain and is also an effective first-response for minor injuries
- Intensify training by almost immediately lowering lactic acid build-up in the body to normal levels, allowing athletes to go back to training more quickly
Cryotherapy is a holistic and natural way to improve immunity. It is painless, safe and more importantly, is more effective than over the counter vitamins and supplements. You will feel the benefits after only a few sessions.
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- Luka Jurcovic is general manager at REVIVE