Cryotherapy is the science of exposing the body to subzero temperatures in order to stimulate multiple physical benefits. Cryotherapy speeds up muscle recovery, increases blood circulation, and reduces inflammation from ANY part of the body, alleviating soft tissue-related aches and pains of hardworking horses.
During exercise and performance, blood flow is increased to muscles, joints, and tissues to supply the body with enough oxygen to perform. This increase in blood flow also boosts enzymes that become stagnant and can cause inflammation and soreness as the body cools down. Cryotherapy allows the body to produce fresh, nutrient-rich blood to rush throughout the body and flush out toxins and lactic acid.
Cryotherapy before training or competition can help give you horse the competitive edge to take on the toughest competition by:
When the horse's skin temperature reaches 39 degrees Fahrenheit, it stimulates the temperature receptors, prompting the brain to transmit messages throughout the body. Blood vessels then undergo vasoconstriction to protect the essential organ and the core temperature from dropping.
Utilizing extreme cold, the surface of the horses' skin reduces to 39 degrees Fahrenheit, initiating the 'cryotherapeutic effect'.
After exiting the chamber, vasodilation (widening of blood vessels) occurs, rapidly increasing blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body, aiding in the revitalization of muscles and increasing the recovery rate.
The lymphatic system then floods the body with healing proteins, allowing the natural process of recovery to happen faster. Simultaneously, the toxins are removed and inflammation is decreased. It's like a 'reset button' for the horse.