Ice Your WOD

Interested in knowing what the current research shows around cryotherapy and how it can benefit you most in-between your CrossFit Open workouts?

Don't stress, we've got you covered. 

The article linked below is useful as it breaks things down based on what type of exercise you're doing (which is extra important for these workouts as we never know what'll get thrown at us!). Dr. Lars pulled the key points and patterns to ensure you get the best information for the task at hand.


The evidence for cryotherapy is pretty mixed, but there are some patterns that seem to emerge from the literature:

  • Cold water immersion and other forms of cryotherapy reduce exercise-induced inflammation.
  • This reduction in inflammation may lead to reduced perceptions of fatigue and muscle soreness and increased perceptions of recovery which may benefit performance in the short-term.
  • Importantly, the short-term recovery benefits of cryotherapy may depend considerably on the mode exercise (i.e. the type of stress), the physiological and perceptual qualities one is trying to restore, and the athlete’s belief in cryotherapy as a recovery modality.
  • Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence indicates that inflammation is a necessary process for tissue regeneration and, as such, regular use of cold water immersion may impair long-term muscular and vascular adaptations to exercise.
  • If your goal is to restore lost ROM following exercise, combine heat (not cold!) with stretching.
  • Ice baths may be useful for recovering endurance performance, particularly when an athlete has to compete in multiple games or events in one day.
  • Athletes should reconsider using ice baths after strength training, particularly in the off-season or preparatory period when the focus is on adaptation rather than performance.
  • As such, cryotherapy should be used sparingly, particularly in the off-season when the goal is to maximize training adaptations.

Check out the full article here if you're interested in reading up on cryotherapy in greater depth. There is also a follow-up article here with specifics around technique and best practices.


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Three Fun Facts: Dr. Lars

Meet Dr. Lars.

Our founder and resident Dad Joke expert (ask about his anti-gravity book at your own risk), he is commonly found at his favourite place: the clinic. Passionate about building his team and community, you can count on Dr. Lars to treat you with honesty and a big smile on his face. 

Three fun facts about Dr. Lars:

  1. He was born in Germany but grew up in a really small town in the Chilcotin (we're talking about less than fifteen people here). This means he spent lots of time outside: snowmobiling, ice skating, fishing, horseback riding, flying and exploring were everyday activities for his family. 
  2. Dr. Lars has a newfound interest in astrophysics and cosmology - he's even part of a few nerdy Facebook groups. He loves learning about everything that's in our universe; from how light travels to how galaxies are made, he's always down to have lunch with Neil deGrasse Tyson. 
  3. He has a major sweet tooth. Favourites include Nutella (on any and everything), homemade German crepes, homemade ice cream and Kaiserschmarrn (Google it and change your life forever). 

Bonus fact: his favourite quote is...

"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."



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Pro Motion is a modern, innovative clinic located in Kelowna, B.C. Our team provides chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, kinesiology and nutrition support. We are passionate about enhancing movement and engaging experiences. Simply put, we know how to bring out the best in you.


Welcome to our new blog! If you love learning about health, nutrition, movement and the incredible athletes in our community, you're going to be as excited about this outlet as we are.

We can't wait to share our insights into the latest research (taking all that science and deciphering it for you), the best rehab techniques (get ready for next-level workouts) and ideal ways to fuel yourself for everything you're up to in a day (whether that's training for your next race or living life on the fly).

We've got you covered and we're so grateful to have you join us for the ride. 


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