Our Athletes Lounge has two ice baths, and they are included in the Recovery Sessions which are run on the weekends, and pre/post event by arrangement.
The general theory behind using ice baths as cold therapy is that the exposure to cold helps to combat the micro-trauma (small tears) in muscle fibers and resultant soreness caused by intense or repetitive exercise. The ice bath is thought to constrict blood vessels, flush waste products and reduce swelling and tissue breakdown.
It is known that cold water immersion reduces the ability of fluids to diffuse into and between muscle cells, which reduces inflammation and so-called “secondary” damage. This is why doctors recommend icing immediately after an acute injury like an ankle sprain, since the damage can be exacerbated by prolonged swelling and inflammation from fluids pooling at the injured site. It is likely that the same prolonged swelling exists (albeit on a smaller scale) inside muscles after long, hard efforts.
Cold water temperatures also decrease nerve impulses, reducing pain from soreness or injury, and for unknown reasons, further reduce the levels of biological markers of muscular damage. It’s not clear whether or not this is indicative of a true reduction in muscle damage.
Complement your recovery with the use of our contrast baths. On weekends, we have a bath heated to 38 degrees, so you can jump in between the ice and the hot for an intensive muscle recovery session. Contrast baths are thought to reduce swelling around injuries or to aid recovery from exercise. It can also significantly improve muscle recovery following exercise by reducing the levels of blood lactate concentration.
Call us on 03 99391133 or click here to book a session online.