When you've pushed your body to its physical limits or you've injured yourself working out, the road to recovery can be a slow and tedious process. That is why investing in recovery time after working out is vital. If you don't allow time to recover, you are at risk of further injuries, such as ligament tears, stress fractures and build up of lactic acid. There's more to recovery than simply stretching, rest and rollers. Thanks to KOA Recovery Centre in Waterloo, Sydney, we've discovered unique treatments you can undertake which may significantly help to reduce pain and swelling.
Cryotherapy has been described as being like an ice bath on steroids, but what exactly is it? Sometimes referred to as whole-body cryotherapy (WBC), cryotherapy is a painless, non-invasive, super icy treatment that’s over in 3 minutes flat. The end result leaves you feeling euphoric like you’ve had a massage combined with a couple of can of Red Bull.
The treatment exposes skin to temperatures below zero. Sheer madness you must be thinking, but it’s touted to improve oxygen and nutrient circulation, increase collagen production, boost metabolism, and reduce pain and inflammation, even flush toxins from the skin, muscle tissue and joints. Skeptical patients have had surprising results, even with those battling arthritis and fibromyalgia. You can even check out what the difference it made for Ted who shattered his ankle while surfing.
If it’s the fear of the unknown holding you back from trying cryotherapy, rest assured the team at KOA Recovery Centre will stay with you every step of your ice age journey.
A one-hour session floating in body temperature water with nothing but your own thoughts promotes relaxation, creativity, relieve chronic pain and equate to four to eight hours of sleep. With 500kg of Epsom salts in the water, you’re completely buoyant (just in case you’re worried about drifting off to sleep and drowning). The feeling of complete weightless and sensory deprivation combined with magnesium sulfate soothes tired muscles and joints. You sure to see results after your first session, but it can take a couple of sessions to let yourself learn to really relax.
There’s nothing normal about these boots. Not even the technology. If you suffer from tired or swollen legs, due to injury, pregnancy or just poor lymphatic draining, NormaTec boots will have your legs feeling as light as a feather, often described as “fresh legs”. Much like a compression garment, the boots cocoon your legs and use a patented compressed air massage to improve circulation and help your muscles recover faster after training. Many people drift off to sleep during a compression therapy massage, however, you can take the time to unwind by reading a book or listening to music. NormalTec boots can be found at KOA Recovery Centre. Combine it with a cryotherapy session or a float for the ultimate in relaxation.
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