Military & Police

Police and military personnel willingly face some of the most significant challenges, putting their lives on the line for the safety of others and as a consequence have to prepare physically and mentally with intensive training regimes that are akin to those of professional athletes.

That’s why the CET CryoSpa recovery modality used by elite sports teams such as AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Brooklyn Nets, Manchester United, Team GB, is equally relevant for army, navy and air personnel as well as police forces across the globe. See elite sports page for more information.

The key recovery modalities are good sleep, proper diet, hydration and cold water immersion, which in turn promotes good sleep. Link to Gregory Dupont research.

 

Combat sustained injuries and post-traumatic stress.*

In addition to recovery from training and injuries sustained during training, military personnel face the additional challenge of injury during combat which can result in long term physical and mental challenges.

Combating inflammation, alleviating pain, reducing the risk of infection and promoting the growth of healthy tissue can all be supported by low-temperature salt water therapy provided by CET CryoSpa ice baths. Patients recovering from post-knee surgery, for example, have seen recovery periods drop by as much as 60% compared to conventional treatments.

See our medical section (link) for more information.

 

What injuries could benefit from cold therapy?

This is a typical but not full list of the types of conditions which respond well to low-temperature salt water CET CryoSpa therapy:

  • Recovery from surgery on the knee, ankle and elbow
  • Control of inflammation in tendon and ligament injuries
  • Pain management for acute and chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, lower back pain, sciatica, brittle bone disease, non-specific pain.

Additionally, cold water immersion can avoid the negative side effects often associated with pharmaceutical interventions.

 

How can cold water immersion help your soldiers?

By immersing the body into cold water, blood vessels will constrict and decreases metabolic activity, which helps reduces swelling and tissue breakdown. Once the body is removed from the cold, the underlying tissues warm up, causing a faster return of blood flow, which helps move the by-products of cellular breakdown to the lymph system for efficient recycling by the body.  (http://bit.ly/2E9Me9u)

CryoSpa ice baths benefit your patients’ recovery time, speed up any soft tissue injuries they have obtained, reduce fatigue and lower the risk of injury. As well it treats any muscle and joint soreness, strain and inflammation and promotes neural and cardiovascular system recovery.

Forces personnel are often limited when it comes to their sleeping habits, which means that when they do get the opportunity to sleep, they need to have a deep sleep. Sleep improves reaction times, reduces injury rates, and improves the mental state of a soldier. In recent years cold water immersion has been linked to the improvement of sleep when done in the evenings after a training session by helping the body and mind settle. Cold water immersion also reduces muscle soreness associated with intense exercise which can prevent soldiers from sleeping well.

 

Why choose a CET CryoSpa?

When your soldier is experiencing pain, it is imperative the cold therapy can maintain the optimum therapeutic temperature for the duration of the session to maximise the therapeutic effect. Typical ice baths or ice packs warm up because they extract heat from your patient’s body to reduce the temperature of their tissues. CryoSpa ice baths circulate water through a digitally temperature controlled chiller to continuously maintain the desired temperature. Your soldier will receive high-quality cold water therapy, thus obtaining the best possibilities of recovery.

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What benefits would a CryoSpa ice bath have for you & your military personnel?

  • Provide world class recovery on a par with professional sports facilities.

  • Deliver faster recovery after training, combating fatigue and lowering the risk of injury.

  • Accelerated recovery from injury including post-surgery especially soft tissue injuries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why do footballers take ice baths?

It is quite commonly stated that ice baths reduce lactic acid but this is not the case. Lactic acid, or lactate, occurs when the body gets into an oxygen debt situation i.e. is functioning anaerobically. When the level of activity ceases, or reduces sufficiently, in simple terms the body can acquire surplus oxygen, which is used to convert the lactic acid back to its normal pyruvate / pyruvic acid state.

According to Gregory Dupont, who presented at the FIFA sponsored Sports Injury Summit held at Wembley in 2013 the main precursor of injury is fatigue. Further research investigated the common strategies for aiding recovery, minimising fatigue and, thereby, lowering the risk of injury.

The conclusion was good diet, good sleep, hydration [all lifestyle factors] plus cold water immersion were the main scientifically proven methods of aiding recovery and minimising fatigue.

The other side of the coin is performance and here we find that fatigue inhibits performance. So if we can manage fatigue by improving fitness and aiding recovery the outcome is improved performance and lowered risk of injury.

How does an ice bath work?

Cold water immersion, or ice baths, help reduce tissue swelling due to muscle breakdown and micro tears that occur during intense, or lengthy, physical activity and, also, help to control inflammation.

Some inflammation is a good thing but too much can lead to secondary damage or hypoxic injury.

The mechanisms include aiding normalization of body temperature, flushing out muscles due to constriction of blood vessels & compression through hydrostatic pressure, a decrease in metabolic activity, balancing of the sympathetic & parasympathetic systems and a reduction in muscle damage.

This infographic explains it well – courtesy of Yann LE MEUR, INSEP – @YLMSportScience

How can I benefit from CryoSpa ice bath use?

Cold water immersion or ice baths, help reduce tissue swelling due to muscle breakdown and micro tears that occur during intense or lengthy physical activity and, also, help to control inflammation.

Some inflammation is a good thing but too much can result in secondary damage or hypoxic injury.

The mechanisms include aiding normalisation of body temperature, flushing out muscles through the combination of hydrostatic pressure and cold induced blood vessel constriction, a decrease in metabolic activity, balancing of the sympathetic & parasympathethic systems and a reduction in muscle damage.

* Medical use may be limited in some countries. Please ask for details.