As much as it pains us to admit, injury is often the side effect to living a highly active life. Whether you're accident prone or just excel at pushing yourself that little bit too far, sometimes trying a new sport or training for a marathon can lead to injury. While common sense usually sends us to our local GP or physio for rehab, there's a new school of thought that suggests complementary treatment can also help to speed up the healing process.

Enter Sydney recovery and wellness clinic Koa Recovery. Located in Sydney's Waterloo, the centre offers traditional remedial services like massage alongside new emerging technologies such as  NormaTec compression therapy, Complex electro muscle stimulation and whole body Cryotherapy.

Injured? Sore? The Sydney wellness clinic you should try

Founded by personal trainer Shaun Button, Koa Recovery seeks to fill a gap in the market for high-tech rehabilitation treatments. Recovering from a back injury himself, Shaun opened the clinic in the hopes that the emerging technologies would find a place within Sydney's #fitspo obsessed culture. And so far, it's worked. Read on for a quick rundown of the facilities available at Koa Recovery and who they're best suited to.

 

Cryotherapy whole body treatment

Injured? Sore? The Sydney wellness clinic you should try
Not for the faint hearted (prepare to get mind-numbingly, shiveringly cold), Cryo is the anti-ageing treatment gaining popularity around the world. Designed to rejuvenate the entire body, you stand in a chamber for up to three minutes as your body is exposed to sub-zero temperatures. Cryo is said to aid in oxygen and nutrient circulation, plus increase collagen production, boost your metabolism, help pain reduction and anti-inflammatory responses, and flush toxins from the skin, muscle tissue and joints. Beneficial for everyone.

 

NormaTec Compression Therapy

Injured? Sore? The Sydney wellness clinic you should try

Like a giant healing sock for athletes, these compression therapy boots are designed to aid in recovery by using three different techniques (pulsing compression, gradients and distal release) to massage limbs, reduce muscle soreness and assist in lymphatic drainage. Best suited to those with injuries.

 

Complex Electrical Muscle Stimulation Therapy

Injured? Sore? The Sydney wellness clinic you should try

An advanced electrotherapy system designed for injury rehabilitation and pain management, Complex sends electric currents to specific areas of the body. Designed to safely stimulate muscle contraction, it's ideal for those recovering from an injury or as an alternative to pain medication.

 

Remedial massage

Injured? Sore? The Sydney wellness clinic you should try
Simple, but no less effective, sometimes you need the human touch. Massage therapist Cynthia offers remedial and sports massage, reflexology, trigger point therapy, assisted stretching and cupping. Writer's note: she's really v good.


Flotation therapy
Injured? Sore? The Sydney wellness clinic you should try

Last, but not least, this treatment is designed for true relaxation and stress relief. You literally float in a giant tank filled with magnesium and Epsom salt-filled water - and don't worry, it's impossible to sink. Designed to be an hour of pure silence and disconnection, the experience is one of forced meditation. With nowhere to go, nothing to look at, flotation is the ultimate stress buster. An odd experience at first, but we'd highly recommended trying it.

Koa Recovery is located at Shop 1, 143 Botany Road, Waterloo NSW 2017. For more info on treatments and pricing, visit koarecovery.com.au

Injured? Sore? The Sydney wellness clinic you should try