People now are more active and taking control of their lives and health. Above all, focus on diet and exercise is the most noteworthy change. With the increase in activity, it seems like there is a need for increase in recovery, too. There are many tools and techniques for recovery. The three I recommend are cryotherapy, Infrared light therapy and also, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture.
Cryotherapy is a great tool for recovery. When you hear of Cryotherapy, you are probably thinking about Whole Body Cryotherapy Saunas. You can also use it for more focused treatments such as your leg or arm. The treatment utilizes liquid nitrogen while exposing your body to the extreme temperatures. This method will then allow it to heal. Cryotherapy has many physical benefits for the body. Decreasing pain and discomfort, improving blood circulation, detoxifying the body, weight loss and muscle soreness to speed up recovery time.
Infrared Light Therapy
These saunas are a type of sauna that uses heat and light to help relax and detoxify the body. Infrared light waves create heat within the body that stimulate physiological healing processes. One of the best benefits of Infrared Saunas are their anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Detoxification and relaxation, along with reduction of inflammation, improved circulation and weight loss are all benefits of Infrared Light Therapy Saunas.
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is the use of very thin metal wires inserted into specific areas of the body that correlate with particular areas of injury and/or dysfunction. This is not to be confused with Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture which utilizes hypothetical meridian lines throughout the body as target sites for the needles.
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture focuses on treatment of the musculoskeletal system by increasing blood flow and neurological stimulus to the targeted structures. Why is it important to improve blood flow when injured? The benefits increase your body’s ability to recovery from strenuous exercise/activity and also heal as injuries. Acupuncture improves how your body’s metabolic systems are functioning which direct the physical systems to perform at an optimal level.