Cryotherapy? It works.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy

Being a twenty three year old young man, I would say that I am pretty athletic for my age. I’m constantly doing physical activity at work and I also do crossfit at my gym 5 days a week. I’m in good shape and I am pretty active guy.

Being so active, I’m very thankful that I haven’t gotten hurt. I’ve never had any significant injuries to my body. I’ve never had any broken bones. I’ve never torn any muscles or tissue. I’ve never had any surgeries or anything like that.

While I was with Jesci in California, I was completing the easy task of washing Kobe (Jesci’s Dog). Well, I thought it was easy.

Until.

That is.

I pulled my back.

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You’re worth getting injured for Kobe

Injuries can happen at anytime and unfortunately, it happened to me when I least expected it to happen. I pulled a muscle in my lower back and I had a slight noticeable limp in my walk. Thinking it would pass, I decided to just sleep it off, but I didn’t realize what was yet to come.

The next morning my back was okay. It was still sore, but nothing to prevent me from going about my day. As the day progressed, I decided that it might be a good idea to get a massage. Now, I frequently get a massage at home to keep my mind and body relaxed. To be honest, I really can’t go a week without getting a massage. It relaxes and soothes my mind and entire body. I feel replenished and completely rejuvenated upon every massage. Thinking that I would feel rejuvenated, I decided that it was a good idea to go get a massage.  

Well…

I.

Was.

Wrong.

I ended up going to a place called “Foot Massage”

I guess I should’ve been warned by the name. I had a back injury, not foot injury.

Oh well.
Stupid me.
I soon learned…

Upon my arrival, I was greeted and taken to a massage table. I explained that I wanted a back massage and that my back was injured. 
The massage started out decent and I pointed to the area that my back was bothering me. It felt like a really bad knot. It was bearable, but it was irritating me.

Everything felt good so far.

Until…

The masseuse starting drilling her elbow right into my back. Spot on where my pain was.

Deep Tissue Massage.

I started seeing stars.

Literally.

I saw stars.

She couldn’t see my facial expressions, but let me tell you.

IT HURT.

I was explaining “Miss, can you go a little softer?”
She didn’t understand me and actually began to drill harder.

THE PAIN.

It was BAD. Really. Really. Really. BAD.

Praying for the massage to be over, the masseuse then rolled my back continuously with hot bamboo sticks. The pain subsided from the pressure of her elbow drilling and the bamboo sticks actually felt really good on me.

I did not feel any pain anymore and I thought that everything was good.

But.

This.

Wasn’t

Over.

Yet.

As soon as I went to get off the table and put my shoes on, I bent down to tie my shoes…

I.

SAW.

STARS.

AGAIN.

MY BACK HURT SO BAD!

It was so inflamed!

I could barely walk. I couldn’t even sit.

It was such a struggle to get out of this place. It was complete agony.

The 5 minute ride home was horrible. It felt like we were driving for hours and hours. It was so bad; I just wanted it to end! I never had pain like this in my life.

I couldn’t sleep.
I couldn’t even lay down on a bed.
I was stuck.
I was stuck laying down.
Laying down face on the floor.
In agony.

Now I’m all natural guy. I don’t take and medication. I don’t take pain killers. I don’t even go to the doctor. I prefer the all natural life.

The pain was so bad that I just wanted to go to the ER

Thankfully, I did not..

Being is so much pain, Jesci’s aunt recommended that I try cryotherapy. Knowing nothing about it, but willing to give anything a try to stop the pain; I gave in!  

I decided to give cryotherapy a chance and I am glad that I did!

What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy. Cryotherapy is used to treat a variety of benign and malignant tissue damage, medically called lesions. The term “cryotherapy” comes from the Greek cryo (κρύο) meaning cold, and therapy (θεραπεία) meaning cure.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryotherapy

I’ve seen different athletes use this treatment before, but I never knew what it was called. Athlete’s such as Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and Floyd Mayweather frequently use this treatment for recovery after training and various sporting events.

Lebron Recovery Cryotherapy

Lebron James getting cryotherapy treatment

Floyd Mayweather recovery

Floyd Mayweather getting cryotherapy treatment

Upon arriving at the cryotherapy facility, I was immediately taken to get changed for the treatment. I had to take everything off; it was such a struggle with my back pain! My back was killing me and I had to put new long protective socks on. I had to put special shoes on.  I had to even put heavy winter gloves on.

With the help of Jesci, I put on my robe, only to shortly take it off a few minutes later!

It was time to begin my treatment!

Let me just say that

CRYOTHERAPY IS COLD

REALLY. REALLY. COLD.

But, it’s totally worth every second!

It is a dry cold steam and it feels quite good. I just had to endure the harsh cold for 3 minutes. Before I knew it, the treatment was over and I felt great!

My body was tingly.
Tingly all over.
I felt my blood flowing.
I felt LOOSE.
My inflammation had subsided drastically.
I started to feel like myself again.

Because I loved it so much, the gentleman gave me two extra sessions at no charge!
I had a total of three 3 minute sessions of cryotherapy and I felt wonderful.

Not only did my body feel amazing, but my mind was totally refreshed. I felt one hundred percent re-energized, replenished, and refreshed.

I felt better than ever and my back pain was completely gone!

 

I now have implicated cryotherapy into a routine and I have gone a total of 5 times so far. If you are an athlete, I would highly recommend trying out cryotherapy. You will recover faster and prevent further injury. Even if you are not an athlete, I would recommend trying it out. It does wonders for your body and mind.

Cryotherapy. It works.

Roman

 

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