TWISTING your ankle just days after signing up to do a half marathon is something every runner dreads.
And when it happened to me – just as I was about to start my 16 week training plan ahead of running the Great Run Manchester Half Marathon on May 28th for St Rocco’s.
So I went on a mission to find someone who could fix my foot pronto!
Being a little accident prone, I’ve had physio on various knee, ankle and shoulder niggles but this time I decided to try something new called Cryotherapy, where you’re literally frozen back to fitness!
Liquid nitrogen is applied directly to the injured area or in a chamber – which reduces inflammation and nerve activity, boosts tissue repair and speeds up healing.
I was treated by Tim Case, 37, at Pain Solutions in Lymm who has used the rejuvenating treatment for everything from bruises to gunshot wounds with clients ranging from their teens to their 70s.
The former personal trainer and osteopath assessed my ankle and found a bone in my foot wasn’t properly aligned and was restricting my range of movement.
First, he treated it using a hand held Cryotherapy machine. “This takes the temperature down to minus 125 degrees,” he explained as I gritted my teeth. It really does chill you to the bone!
“This pushes blood away from the injury as the drop in temperature sends signals to the brain which sends the body into survival mode, meaning blood is pumped to the vital organs.
“Then, when the cold is removed, fresh, oxygenated blood returns to the area. For the body to heal, it needs new blood and with Cryotherapy, it heals four times faster.”
Tim followed the treatment with G5 therapy, using an electro-mechanical tool to give a deep tissue massage, and manipulated my ankle to make sure it was aligned correctly.
After four treatments over two weeks, I was pain free and Tim says that is typical of his clients.
He said: “My most rewarding case was a man in his 70s who could barely walk following triple spine surgery.
“After three sessions he was able to walk without a stick which was fantastic.”
I also tried the full body Cryotherapy chamber which looks like something straight out of a sci-fi film.
You strip to your underwear and a pair of fluffy boots then hop in. The temperature drops as low as minus 195 degrees and you stand there for a very chilly three minutes.
It’s a ‘rejuvenating’ treatment used by the Warrington Wolves and Sale Sharks to speed up muscle recovery time and it can help beat cellulite, stretch marks, dry skin and even boost libido!
I’ve had ice baths before but this was more like dry ice and I left feeling very cold, a little dazed but also energised and slightly giddy!
Tim said: “It takes a little getting used to.
“People can feel euphoric afterwards, more energised and alert and say it’s improved their skin and muscle tone too.
“Once people have experienced Cryotherapy, it’s something they then use for a healthy boost just as they would a massage.”
It wasn’t as relaxing as a massage or a facial but you definitely leave feeling good, and for me it was totally worth subjecting myself to an icy blast to get back on my feet!
A three minute Cryotherapy chamber session is £40. To find out more, call 752614 or visit painsolutionslymm.co.uk