Bathe. Recover. Perform.
Performing at the highest level can take it out of you. Whether it’s intense training or a major tournament or event, muscle fatigue and increased pain can make an impact.
The hydrotherapy facilities at Manchester Institute of Health and Performance include both warm and cold pools for contrast bathing and a sauna to help you relax and unwind after exercise. Hydrotherapy is used by athletes (both professional and recreational) and can be beneficial to all ages and abilities. Plus, for complete flexibility and convenience, we can accommodate individuals as well as teams.
What is hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is the therapeutic use of water and usually involves immersing yourself in a pool. It’s used to promote recovery as well as reduce fatigue and muscle soreness.
A technique known as contrast bathing is used, which involves switching between hot and cold pools. When submerged in the cold pool, vasoconstriction occurs, which is the narrowing of blood vessels in the body. When submersed in the hot pool, vasodilation occurs, which is the widening of blood vessels. Alternating between these two conditions causes a pulsing-like action in the blood vessels, increasing blood circulation to the areas exposed to this type of treatment. Research shows that this can lessen pain, swelling, and the build-up of waste products following intense exercise.
The sauna also has many therapeutic benefits, including detoxification, increased metabolism, increased blood circulation, pain reduction, improved cardiovascular and immune function and improved sleep and stress management.
What to expect from your session
A typical hydrotherapy session lasts around 20–30 minutes and you’ll alternate between the hot and cold pools for the duration, spending 1–3 minutes in each pool.
What to bring
- Swim clothing
- Any medication that may be needed due to allergies or exercise (e.g. EpiPen or inhaler)