The Truth Behind Antonio Brown’s Cryotherapy Injury

woman steps out of us cryotherapy whole-body chamber

The Truth Behind Antonio Brown’s Cryotherapy Injury

When you think of cryotherapy you may think of a futuristic-looking chamber with white vapor lazily pouring out. However, there are important factors to consider when choosing between electric and nitrogen cryotherapy, namely overall safety. 

Recently, there has been widespread coverage of a frostbite injury to NFL star Antonio Brown after he entered a nitrogen-cooled cryotherapy system without the proper footwear. While there have been numerous injuries stemming from nitrogen cryotherapy, in 1.5 million treatments administered since 2011, US Cryotherapy’s electric whole-body cryotherapy chamber has not been associated with any injuries to date. 

Why choose electric cryotherapy

3-minute comparison of whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) at -166 degrees Fahrenheit and partial-body cryotherapy (PCB) at -256 degrees Fahrenheit. Skin measurements were taken upon exit. Credit: US Cryotherapy

Electric cryotherapy is not just better researched, with over 220 studies completed through the National Institutes of Health compared to just five on liquid nitrogen-cooled open-faced saunas, they are more effective and, more importantly, safer. 

Electric cryotherapy uses electricity to compress oxygen-enriched air and trigger a decrease in temperature, whereas nitrogen cryotherapy turns liquid nitrogen into gas, then pushes it into the chamber. 

Because nitrogen cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen, it only offers partial body therapy, instead of whole-body, due to not being able to safely ingest nitrogen. This partial body therapy may lead to uneven cooling on the body, causing discomfort, not to mention the increased risk of forced air burns on the skin due to the liquid nitrogen. 

How do I learn more?

Xperience Fitness has partnered with US Cryotherapy, the industry leader in whole-body cryotherapy. Through US Cryotherapy, Xperience offers four cryotherapy options.

  • Whole-body cryotherapy: 2 to 3.5 minutes of full-body cold exposure that reduces pain, inflammation, and stress while rejuvenating your body, skin, and mind. Our whole-body cryotherapy chambers are nitrogen-free, free oxygenated air. 
  • Localized cryotherapy: Targets specific muscle areas or joints directly with cold air for 2 to 3 minutes to decrease pain and inflammation while improving circulation. 
  • Normatec: Uses compression therapy to increase circulation and moves fluid through the body to promote faster recovery. 
  • Theragun: An advanced massage device that breaks up muscle tightness, reduces soreness, and restores range of motion in as little as 30 seconds. 

Visit your local club for more information regarding cryotherapy. Cold is a powerful energy, use it to get your life back today.