Recover . Repair . Restore

Sports + Fitness

Accelerate Sports Recovery
In order for athletes to become faster and stronger, they must train harder.  And in order to train harder, it is necessary to recover faster from both workouts and from injuries.  Whole Body Cryotherapy induces the body to release anti-inflammatory proteins and other muscle-repairing chemicals.
Athletic Performance
Elite and amateur athletes are using Cryotherapy to dramatically increase their performances.  Cryotherapy has been used for decades in sports and training to treat and relieve chronic pain symptoms associated with overuse injuries. Cryotherapy has been proven in sports medicine as a recovery modality from muscle and ligament damage due to the anti-inflammatory and restorative properties of intense cold treatment.
Competitive Edge
When the body is exposed to extreme cold, the result is rapid vasoconstriction of the blood vessels followed by rapid vasodilation. Cryotherapy helps the body expel toxins and speed distribution of pain reducing endorphins. Highly oxygenated blood is presented to the affected areas helping the body repair and strengthen itself as well as increasing stamina during competition.

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Cryotherapy and recovery.

Health + Wellness

Fighting Inflammation
​Medical experts agree that chronic inflammation is one of your body’s worst enemies.  Inflammation is now believed to be at the core of developing many diseases associated with aging and disability, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and Alzheimer’s.  Whole Body Cryotherapy is an important tool for health primarily due to its proven ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body.
Chronic Medical Conditions
Medical studies listed in our Research tab conclude that Whole Body Cryotherapy reduces inflammation and helps to alleviate chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, ankylosing spondylosis, psoriasis, dermatitis and osteoporosis.  Studies have also shown that Whole Body Cryotherapy is beneficial in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety and depression.
Metabolic Boost
The exposure to the extreme cold tricks the body into thinking that it is in hypothermia, causing it to increase metabolic rate and protect the core.  Although the body is not at risk, this process causes the body to “burn” between 500-800 calories.  Most clients notice a sound night’s sleep and the release of endorphins into the body leaves many clients with an immediate feeling of being energized.

Know the Facts

Is Whole Body Cryotherapy a proven treatment for recovery and health?

​Yes, Cryotherapy has been used in Europe and Asia for almost thirty years.  There are numerous clinical studies and many are listed in the Research tab.  Professional athletes in the NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL have made Cryotherapy an important part of their recovery treatment programs.

How does Whole Body Cryotherapy work?

The client steps into the cryosauna which uses gasiform nitrogen to rapidly lower the skin surface temperature to about 32°F.  The cryosauna temperature ranges between -238°F to -274°F for the two to three minutes of treatment.  The brain reacts to the skin sensors by stimulating the regulatory functions of the body and releasing anti-inflammatory proteins and endorphins into the bloodstream.

How does Cryotherapy compare to an Ice Bath?

Cryotherapy treatments result is a very different response from the body. Three minutes of extreme, dry cold reaches only the top skin layers and cold receptors causing the brain to restrict blood flow to an internal cycle. Cryotherapy causes the body to release anti-inflammatory proteins and endorphin’s resulting in super-charged blood.

Is Nitrogen gas dangerous?

No, nitrogen is a friendly, non-toxic gas. Nitrogen composes 78% of the air that we breathe. The other components are 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen and 5% other gases.  Nitrogen is as common and safe as Oxygen.

What do I wear in the Cryosauna?

We provide you with dry socks and cryo-boots for your feet. We also provide light gloves for your hands. Men should have a dry undergarment; not required for women. All jewelry, watches, chains, bracelets and earrings are removed. The idea is to expose as much skin surface as possible so that the body’s reaction is optimized.

Is Whole Body Cryotherapy comfortable?

Yes. Cryotherapy involves dry, hyper-cooled air flowing over the skin surface; so the process never freezes skin tissues, muscles or organs. The result is only a “feeling” of being cold. The body is being tricked into believing that this extreme cold is life threatening.  Cryotherapy is a dry cold with no moisture and tolerable even to those who consider themselves cold intolerant. Towards the end of the treatment, you may get a “pins and needles” sensation which will dissipate after the treatment.

What if I am often cold or get cold easily?

Since the cold from Cryotherapy  only penetrates the surface of the skin, you will only experience a slight chill. Cryotherapy improves circulation throughout the body and stimulates production of brown fat, so your future ability to tolerate cold should improve.

How do I feel after a session?

Cryotherapy stimulates the body to release endorphin’s, the hormones that make us feel alert and energetic. The buoyant effects from each session typically last for six to eight hours.  Many clients report improvements in their sleep quality after Cryotherapy .

How many treatments are needed to achieve optimal results?

Depending upon the condition being treated, it should initially take five to ten treatments in close succession (every other day).  After this initial loading period, maintenance treatments should be at least once per week.

Who should not use Whole Body Cryotherapy?

The following conditions are contraindications for Cryotherapy : Pregnancy, severe hypertension (BP; 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction (heart attack: need to be cleared for exercise), narrowing of valves, crescent-shaped aorta and mitral valve, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis (blood clots), acute or recent cerebrovascular accident (stroke: must be cleared for exercise), uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, incontinence, age less than 18 years (parental consent required).  Clients should always check with their medical providers regarding their particular medical status.

What are the risks of Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks.  Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (reverses after the procedure as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores, etc.) due to stimulation of the immune system. Protective clothing (socks, gloves, undergarments) must be dry in order to avoid frostbite.

Is exercise recommended after the cryotherapy session?

Yes, an advantage of cryotherapy over ice therapy is that tissues and muscle are not frozen. Ten minutes of light exercise post cryotherapy will induce more rapid vasodilation of the blood vessels and capillaries, and extend the period of analgesia.

Who should use Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is ideal for athletes seeking muscle recovery, people with chronic pain and inflammatory conditions, and those seeking weight loss and skin rejuvenation.  Cryotherapy is used post-surgery to accelerate healing and reduce pain without the side effects of pain medications.  Younger clients, ages 10 to 18, can  use Cryotherapy with parent’s consent.

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About Us

 

driven Fitness Lab is the only of its kind. Offering state of the art technology and services to help individuals reach their true fitness goals and recover from their workout.

Our mobile concept makes quarterly, monthly and even weekly visits a real possibility. This way, your members can start seeing better progress from their workouts and you’ve got a chance to increase membership retention rates.

Contact Info

 

driven Fitness Lab offers body composition testing and recovery services to individuals, fitness centers/gyms, businesses, health fairs, as well as special events and competitions. Schedule your location by calling us now, or check out or Events page for upcoming locations.

    Phone:       205.369.0321
    Email:        info@drivenfitnesslab.com
    Address:   Alabama and Surrounding Areas

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