Athletes find muscle relief in extremely cold cryotherapy


by KENS 5 Staff


Posted on February 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 18 at 3:56 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Detroit Lions linebacker and former Lee High School standout Travis Lewis is no stranger to injury.

"Basically, your whole body hurts," he said about training in the off season. "You wake up in the morning and you're just sore all over."

Lately, however, he's been skipping the massage and ice bath. Instead, he strips down to just a few protective garments for cryotherapy treatment at Stratton Sports & Spine.

Chiropractor Brock Stratton explained that cryotherapy exposes skin to extremely cold temperatures which affect specific receptors that will then send a signal to the brain to go into protective mode.

The treatment is cold -- minus 200 degrees cold -- but only lasts about two and a half minutes.

Stratton, who played football at Roosevelt High School and Texas Tech, said cryotherapy is as effective as it is cold.

He explained that in the protective mode, blood rushes to the center of the body, releasing toxins. And when the patient steps back out, his or her body is flushed with enzymes and oxygen.

Patients can also expect to burn about 500 to 800 calories per treatment, Stratton said.

Previously, Spurs players were the only athletes who had access to cryotherapy in San Antonio. Now the treatment is available to anyone.