A type of physical therapy that’s popular overseas is becoming a trend across America. It could end up being the future of sports medicine.
After stepping inside a chamber, Chris Majors is freezing away his aches and pains.
"It’s just a refreshed feeling that you get,” Majors said.
It's called Cryotherapy. Liquid nitrogen is pumped into the chamber and inside the temperature can dip between 75 and 160 degrees below zero for three minutes.
Donny Dockery of Cryotherapy Tuscaloosa says this form of physical therapy helps more than sitting in a traditional ice bath to relieve pain.
"You get about four times colder in this which really helps and aids the body against inflammation. It targets inflammation and swelling and joint stiffness pretty hard. It just really relieves a lot of stress,” Dockery said.
For Majors, he can see a big difference in easing his pain in a shorter amount of time.
"I'm a Type 1 Diabetic. So being submerged in soaking in liquids is not good for diabetics. Within the next probably 30 minutes, once you start recirculating the blood to your arms and legs you can start feeling that rejuvenating feeling,” Majors said.
It’s something college and pro athletes are beginning to use more often as well.
"From the things that I have seen from people that have issues, ongoing joint issues and especially sports recovery, has been amazing,” Dockery added.
Dockery said renowned Birmingham orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews gives his seal of approval for Cryotherapy. Andrews says this advanced technology will help get people back on their feet a lot faster.
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