Cryotherapy - a preworkout?

Often, we consider cryotherapy as a post-training routine to help with pain and inflammation in our body.
May 04, 2022
Dr. Cohin Kakar
Pharmacologist

Often, we consider cryotherapy as a post-training routine to help with pain and inflammation in our body.
While with traditional cryotherapy and cold compression this may be true, what is not talked about is topical cryotherapy.

Topical cryotherapy products can be effective for both, before and after training. Ingredients, such as menthol, activate receptors
known as TRPM8 and this induces the cooling sensation associated with menthol. The body reacts to this sensation by increasing
blood flow to the site of activation, which can be helpful prior to training.

So while users may feel the “cold,” their body is actually “warming” up with the increased blood flow that can help with oxygenation
and prime the body for an effective workout! Additionally, topical cryotherapy is also effective post-workout as it not only helps with
pain and soreness, but with the increased blood flow can increase absorption of other anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5406845/