The hot and cold of contrast therapy

Every athlete wants quicker recovery and to avoid DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), but is there really a magical fix?

It’s not quite magic, but contrast therapy might be the solution you are looking for.

Contrast therapy has been gaining popularity with elite sports people and for overall wellness in recent years, but the foundations of the practice actually date back centuries.

What is contrast therapy? 

Contrast therapy is the process of switching between warm and cold water immersion to induce rapid changes in your circulatory system.

When you submerge in warm water your capillaries (small blood vessels) respond to the heat by opening up and expanding. You then immerse in cold water, causing your capillaries to retract, resulting in the alternating of blood flow to the internal organs and extremities.

This helps to remove the by-products produced by high-intensity exercise, increasing the efficiency of the body’s natural recovery process. 
Contrast therapy has a range of benefits and may help to reduce swelling, inflammation, improve circulation, enhance sleep and provide an overall sense of wellbeing. 

Recovery at Healthy Mates Central 

Our state-of-the-art facility is the only one of its kind in the Bendigo Region and includes a spa (38 degrees), a cold pool (12 degrees), and a sauna, which you can use to ‘cycle’ between the hot and cold temperatures.

For most effective results, we recommend starting in the spa for 2-4 minutes, then switching to the cold pool for 1 minute. Repeat this for approximately 20 minutes, finishing on the cold (unless you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, in which case finish on hot). If you prefer a milder heat element, use our sauna for a less intense alternative.

At Healthy Mates, our goal is to improve the performance and comfort of every person we work with, so our contrast therapy facilities are designed to benefit anyone from elite athletes to people with chronic aches and pains. 

To learn more and book a session at Healthy Mates Central, call us on (03) 5441 8333.

Contrast therapy at Healthy Mates