The Pro-Active Cryotherapy Spa is an unparalleled development, combining ECB’s experience of cold salt hydrotherapy with well-researched use of cryotherapy to produce a treatment effect, which aids in the prevention, and treatment of injuries.
The use of ice baths is incredibly routine within the sporting world, however, what Pro-Active have done to take it to the next level is introduce a lower sustained water temperature (2-4°C).
- Temperature: The Cold Spa solution is maintained at the desired temperature to minimize heat and inflammation. This also offers analgesic pain management and inhibits enzyme degeneration post exercise.
- Salt Concentration: The salt solution acts as a hypertonic poultice.
- Aeration: Water aeration has a massaging effect on the leg.
- Depth: The depth of the water is proportional to the pressure exerted on the leg, which aids fluid and waste dispersal particularly useful post exercise.
Mark Bennett BSc (Hons), National Conditioning Coach for the Welsh International Rugby team.
“During the six Nations Tournament we used the ECB Spa. It was used as an integral part of our training and recovery program. It is difficult to quantify the benefits the system provides but the facts are that the players requested to use it on a more regular basis as the tournament progressed. They felt it decreased the soreness and fatigue they felt post game and training. The spa has become a vital part of our preparation which we intend to use as part of our on-going preparation”
Mode of action
When the body sustains an injury, it undergoes an organized and consistent process at the site of injury in its attempts to heal the area. Injury is the medical term for cellular damage.
In a sprain, strain, bruise or crush, the local network of blood vessels is damaged, and oxygenated blood can no longer reach the tissues, causing some cells to die. The damaged blood vessels bleed, so the injured tissue contains dead cells, extracellular substance and extravasated blood (Evans, 1980).
- To reduce local tissue temperature
- To reduce pain
- To limit and reduce inflammatory exudate
- To reduce metabolic demands of the tissues
- To protect the damaged tissue from further injury
- To protect the newly-formed fibrin bonds from disruption
- To promote collagen fiber growth and realignment
- To maintain general levels of cardio-respiratory and musculoskeletal fitness / activity.