Ice Bath Vs. Icebox

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2012-09-04 15.04.05The Ice Bath has been regularly used in professional sports for the rehabilitation of athletes from injuries and/or heavy workouts. But the Ice Bath affects the body in a completely different way then does the Whole Body Cryotherapy at ICEBOX, which has now been shown to be much more beneficial, with no negative side effects.

First, during the 15-20 minutes of Ice Bathing, tissue freezes quite deep and frozen muscles temporarily lose capacity. Muscle tissue needs time to return to normal and after the Ice Bath the body needs rest. So regardless of the time of day when the Ice Bath took place, the athlete cannot get back to practice earlier than the next day. In contrast, ICEBOX does not actually freeze muscles tissue, it only creates a powerful illusion that the body freezes. Therefore, only 5-10 minutes after an ICEBOX session, an athlete can continue to work out or perform, completely energized and able to make full use of the day.

Next, the body’s reaction to cryotherapy temperatures (temperatures lower than -110C or -166F) in the Cryo device is radically different from its reaction to low temperatures while submerged in the Ice Bath. The biggest difference lies in the fact that , when gradually cooled in an Ice Bath, the body attempts to warm as much blood as possible in its core in order to send it to the peripheral parts to maintain warm skin surface. In other words, while in an Ice Bath, the body is struggling with actual, unrelenting, penetrating physical cold (not just signals from skin cold sensors). The process continues, while the body tries to generate sufficient heat to maintain warmth in the peripheral body parts. When the heat is no longer enough, the muscles start to congeal and freeze, beginning at the skin surface and continuing inward to the body’s center. For this reason, longer stays in the Ice Bath can cause hypothermia that can lead to death, as it is very difficult to stop this process once begun.

But in the cryo device at ICEBOX, the skin surface reaches temperature of -1C/32F in just 30-40 seconds while the circulating temperatures around the skin reach -170C (this is impossible in an Ice Bath where skin temperatures cannot drop lower than +5C/41F). The signal sent from the skin to the brain about the new critical environment is so powerful that the brain understands immediately – it is impossible to keep the peripheral parts of the body warm. Instead, blood vessels and capillaries undergo severe vasoconstriction to keep the body’s core temperature from dropping, triggering the processes described previously which include enrichment of blood and circulating it to internal organs under higher blood pressure. This never happens in an Ice Bath. Lastly, while in the Ice Bath, oxygen supply to the skin surface is interrupted, and it causes skin surfaces injury that can promote skin problems if the procedure is often repeated.

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