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KW Recovery Lab helps athletes beat fatigue
KW recovery lab
KW Recovery Lab owner Susy Delgado peeks her head out of the top of her facility’s cryotherapy chamber, which aids in muscle recovery. - photo by ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal

Name of business: KW Recovery Lab

Type of business: Muscle recovery center

Location: 330 Crane Ave., Suite B, Turlock

Hours: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Contact information: 209-250-2321

Specialty: Body revitalization


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Recovery is an important part of any athlete’s routine, whether it’s a Stanislaus State track and field competitor or a middle-aged couple who has taken up walking in the evenings. Susy Delgado kept this in mind when creating the concept for KW Recovery Lab — Turlock’s first muscle recovery facility which opens Friday and aims to provide care for active community members of all ages.

“The sooner people realize that incorporating recovery into their routine should just be an automatic, the better off they’re going to be,” Delgado said. “There are so many places in town to go work out, but there hasn’t been one place where you can learn how to recover.”

KW Recovery Lab hopes to teach the public just that, offering whole body cryotherapy, cold ice baths, kinesio taping, compression therapy and more through state-of-the-art equipment that many Olympic athletes and professional sports teams use. Each different method provides critical muscle recovery designed to minimize and wear, tear or fatigue the athlete may be feeling.

With 10 years’ experience in the physical therapy setting, Delgado has seen firsthand the effects of athletes not taking recovery seriously.

Many of Delgado’s clients are youth participating in sports, she said, and she also caters to older athletes and those who may not necessarily play sports, but still need time to recover. For example, she regularly helps a 55-year-old client who goes running three times a week and another client who works 12-hour shifts during the day.

“We cater to everyone,” Delgado said. “Anyone who is moving is an athlete.”

The whole-body cryotherapy chamber at KW Recovery Lab helps athletes speed up their muscle recovery by encasing them in -200 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures for no more than two to three minutes. The treatment decreases blood flow, inflammation and pain and can be used to treat acute injuries.

Other methods are similar, using colder temperatures to promote muscle recovery, like ice baths, where the athlete fully submerges their body into a 40-degree tub of water for 10 to 20 minutes. Compression therapy massages limbs, mobilizes fluid and speeds up the recovery process by pumping compressed air into a sleeve attachment that can be worn on the arms or legs.

The key to picking a treatment is all up to a client’s personal preference, Delgado said.

“My goal is to give people a taste of everything, and eventually I want them to just listen to their body,” she said. “There’s always going to be new research that comes out, but I really think that as an athlete, if you want to keep moving, you have to pay attention to what your body is telling you.”

KW Recovery Lab’s first day of business is Friday, and the facility offers both memberships and individual therapy sessions.