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 tanks 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 to increase blood flow, flexibility and loosen muscles. Increased flexibility leads to less muscle strain and a more productive exercise session.
Contrast Therapy is a post workout technique that uses both hot and cold water plunge tanks. The premise behind contrast therapy 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 tanks create the ultimate conditioning, recovery and revitalization environment. The cold plunge tank’s chiller system keeps the water temperature at a therapeutic 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10°c) to control joint inflammation and enhance muscle recovery. The hot plunge tank keeps the water at temperatures up to 104-degrees Fahrenheit (40°c) to help muscles relax.
The modular shape and size of SwimEx plunge tanks offer a flexibility in design that is ideal for locker rooms, athletic training centers, and fitness facilities. The tanks come in four standard sizes or can be customized to meet specific space and therapy needs. These free-standing structures are easily installed either above or in-ground. Their durable fiberglass construction creates superior temperature retention, easy maintenance and unmatched beauty.