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If you are reading this, you are probably planning for surgery or know someone who is. Decades ago (don’t worry, we won’t ask you how many decades 😉) you learned basic things such as how to count, the alphabet, and to say please when you would like something and thank you when you received it.   Such fundamental lessons make life easier now that you have grown older. Another lesson you probably learned when you were younger is to be on time. When discussing surgery, timing is your best friend. Your surgeon has prepared for decades for your scheduled appointment. Your...

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On Monday we launched our passion project, something we call MyColdTherapy on Facebook. 

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The Wim Hof Method is a particular mental and physiological training technique taught by the man himself, Wim Hof.

His training incorporates 3 main pillars of training, which include “breathing”, “meditation” and “cold exposure”.

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According to a handout at The Studio, cryotherapy appeals to a wide variety of people – about 50 percent male and female, with 75 percent in the 18-to-49 age range. Most of them use cryotherapy mainly for either pain management or workout recovery, though some use it also for mental well-being and weight management. Most regulars use it at least once a week.

“Cryo makes chronic conditions livable and manageable,” said Driscoll.

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When individual patients are sacrificed for the greater "system", we get decisions like paying for opioids instead of cold therapy machines despite the facts that Lauren Kafka presented to her insurance company: "...Then I contacted the people at Game Ready, who cited five studies that show benefits for knee- and hip-surgery patients provided by this system compared with passive ice therapy. These benefits include reduced consumption of narcotics; improvement of measurable physical therapy milestones; reduced pain and swelling; increased postoperative function; and improved patient satisfaction with the recovery process." Read the rest of Lauren's story below...  http://kazu.org/post/insurance-company-paid-opioids-not-cold-therapy#stream/0

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