When you hear the term “cold plunge pool” you may think of arctic temperature waters, but the water temperature does not need to be this extreme for you to reap cold plunge pool benefits.
Coaches and physical therapists have been touting the benefits of using cold plunge pools to help men, women, and children recover faster from injury for many years. The physical benefits available from using a cold plunge pool for those seeking pain relief and a rapid recovery after an injury include:
- lowers damaged tissue’s temperature
- releases endorphins
- constricts the blood vessels
- reduces swelling and inflammation
- stabilizes blood pressure
- relieves muscle spasms
- numbs nerve endings for immediate pain relief
- promotes circulation to injured tissue
- strengthens immune system
- minimizes muscle soreness
- speeds healing
Athletic teams from high school through college and professional teams have used cold plunge pools for a long time to help their athletes achieve relief after a strenuous practice or a big game, but you don’t have to be a serious athlete to reap cold plunge pool benefits. The official term for cold water baths used to aid healing and recovery from injury is cryotherapy and involves sitting in a tub of cold water for five to 20 minutes or more, but even as little as 30 seconds in a cold plunge pool can produce benefits. Cold water baths can make your muscles feel better than other common treatments like compression stockings or gentle stretching.
Alternating cold and heat is a great way to promote circulation, which is crucial in healing and recovery from injury. Many spas and country clubs offer steam rooms and saunas along with cold plunge pools for their visitors to enjoy. The practice of moving from warm to cold is an enduring one which dates back to ancient history. Both ancient Roman and Chinese cultures were known for enjoying the benefits of going from an intensely warm environment to a cold one in a matter of seconds to revitalize the body, improve circulation and rapidly cool down after raising the body temperature in an extremely warm environment.
Modern science has proven that cold water immersion triggers the autonomic nervous system which controls involuntary functions like heartbeat and breathing to raise blood pressure, increase heart rate, and constrict blood vessels. These responses strengthen with each exposure to cold water, stabilizing blood pressure, improving circulation, and balancing other bodily functions such as the sleep/wake cycle.
To have cold plunge pool benefits at your fingertips, consider adding a cold plunge pool to your home with the help of our team of designers and craftsmen standing at the ready to help you get the pool of your dreams. Stainless steel and copper are both excellent choices for your cold plunge pool, as either choice lends itself to companionship with your choice of stone, wood, or tile to create a natural aesthetic that adds both beauty and practicality to your home. Call us today at (800) 951-7727 to discover how our talented designers and expert craftsmen can help you start enjoying the benefits of a customized copper or stunning stainless steel cold plunge pool.