What is Hot & Cold Tubs?
Hot and cold tubs, also known as contrast hydrotherapy, are a type of therapeutic treatment involving alternating immersion in hot and cold water. They are commonly used in spas, wellness centres, and for post-workout recovery.
Hot tubs are typically heated to temperatures ranging from 98°F (37°C) to 104°F (40°C) and provide a relaxing and soothing experience. The warm water helps to dilate blood vessels, increase blood flow, and promote relaxation of muscles and joints. It can also aid in relieving muscle tension, reducing stress, and improving overall well-being.
Cold tubs, on the other hand, are maintained at lower temperatures, usually between 37°F (6°C) and 60°F (15°C). Immersion in cold water causes blood vessels to constrict, which helps reduce inflammation, numb pain, and decrease muscle soreness. Cold tubs are commonly used for athletic recovery and to promote faster muscle repair after intense workouts or competitions.
The alternation between hot and cold water is believed to provide additional therapeutic benefits. This contrast in temperatures helps to stimulate circulation, improve lymphatic flow, and enhance the body’s natural healing processes. The hot water opens up blood vessels, allowing more blood to flow to the surface, while the cold water constricts blood vessels, flushing out toxins and reducing swelling.
Hot and cold tubs are often used in combination as part of hydrotherapy sessions, which may involve spending a specific amount of time in each temperature. This can vary depending on individual preferences and the desired therapeutic outcome. However, it’s important to note that hot and cold tubs may not be suitable for everyone, especially those with certain medical conditions or sensitivities. It’s always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new treatment or therapy.
Benefits of Hot & Cold Tubs ?
While icy temperatures help reduce inflammation, heat helps dilate blood vessels and promotes blood flow.
Research supports the use of contrast hydrotherapy to lessen muscle fatigue and to decrease pain, swelling, and lactic acid buildup following intense exercise.
Exposure to both extreme heat and cold have been scientifically proven to increase norepinephrine levels significantly.
Improves Blood Circulation
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.