During intense exercise muscles experience microtraumas or tiny tears within individual muscle fibers. When microtraumas occur they trigger an increase in cell activity which generates muscle fiber repair. Over a period of time and with repetition, this process helps strengthen muscles. Microtraumas are beneficial however they can also cause inflammation and Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).
The low water temperatures in cold water plunge pools help minimize muscle inflammation. Used post exercise, athletes gain the beneficial effects of microtraumas without the pain of DOMS.
Hot plunge tanks used before working out help increase blood flow, flexibility and loosen muscles. Increased flexibility leads to less muscle strain and a more productive exercise session.
This post workout technique uses both hot and cold water plunge pools. The premise behind contrast therapy it is that muscles constrict in cold water and blood vessels expand in a hot water. By systematically moving from a cold water tank to a hot water tank, blood flow increases which stimulates circulation. As this occurs muscles flush out inflammation mediators, accelerating the healing process and decreasing the long term effects of DOMS.
SwimEx hot and cold plunge pools create the ultimate conditioning, recovery and rehabilitation environment. The cold plunge pool’s chiller keeps water temperatures at a therapeutic 50°F (10°C) to control joint inflammation and enhance muscle recovery. The hot plunge pool keeps the water at temperatures up to 104°F (40°C) to help muscles relax.
SwimEx plunge pools offer design flexibility that is ideal for locker rooms, athletic training rooms, and fitness facilities. The pools come in four standard sizes or can be custom built to meet specific space and therapy needs. Change the interior configuration, add benches, stairs, length and depth. These free-standing pools are easily installed either above or in-ground. Their durable fiberglass construction delivers superior temperature retention, easy maintenance and unmatched function.