Cold exposure following a hard workout has long been a tested and utilised recovery method to help reduce tissue swelling due to muscle breakdown and assist in decreasing inflammation.
Cryotherapy (“cold therapy”) constricts blood vessels, offering recovery benefits such as reduced inflammation, flushing out muscles due to the constriction of blood cells, decreasing metabolic activity, and compressing the muscles through hydrostatic pressure.
By slowing down cell processes and using water to apply light compression, ice baths help to circulate blood throughout the body and move waste products, like lactic acid, outside of the muscle.
Once the skin is no longer in contact with the cold source, the underlying tissues warm up, causing a return of faster blood flow, which helps return the byproducts of cellular breakdown to the lymph system for efficient recycling by the body.
Though you could use individual ice packs, cold-water immersion using ice baths generally produces a greater and longer lasting change in deep tissues and is more a more efficient means of cooling large groups of muscles simultaneously.
We’ve developed two soaker style bath designs within our range that are perfectly suited to health and recovery applications for sports clubs, athletic clubs and individuals:
2 person ice bath – Browse Haiku
1 person ice bath – Browse Pastille
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