As the Cape Town Cycle Tour draws near, it’s essential for every cyclist to have a solid pre and post-ride routine. Whether it’s your first or fifth ride, Expand Health is here to support you through every pedal and post-race recovery.
After pushing your limits on the road, give your muscles the VIP treatment they deserve. We’ve crafted an exclusive recovery package at Expand Health, tailored just for you.
🏆 The Ultimate Recovery Trio: Cryotherapy + Red Light Therapy + Compression Boots
Grab our special package featuring all three therapies at a fantastic discounted rate (scroll to the bottom of the article to check out the packages)! It’s your all-in-one solution for faster recovery, reduced soreness, and optimal muscle healing. Our trio of therapies will help you stay at the top of your game.
What is it: Known as “cold therapy,” it involves exposing the body to sub-zero temperatures of up to -180°C. This exposure stimulates multiple health benefits, both physically and mentally.
Why it’s great: Cryotherapy is a dual-action treatment, enhancing performance and aiding recovery. It’s ideal for cyclists who push their limits in training and racing. Benefits include increased endurance and energy, improved blood flow, pain reduction, and decreased inflammation – all crucial for a cyclist’s resilience.
When to use it: Schedule a cryotherapy session at Expand Health after intense training to maintain muscle and joint health. Another session post-race will help soothe muscles and address any discomfort.
Discover the power of cryotherapy in muscle healing with the insightful 2011 study: “Time-course of changes in inflammatory response after whole-body cryotherapy multi exposures following severe exercise.” Conducted by the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance in Paris;
- The Experiment: 11 endurance-trained male athletes were subjected to a simulated trail running race, followed by either passive recovery or whole-body cryotherapy (WBC).
- Key Takeaways: The study concluded that repeated WBC sessions significantly reduced inflammation post-exercise. Athletes showed a decrease in pro-inflammatory cytokines, highlighting cryotherapy’s effectiveness in reducing muscle soreness and accelerating recovery.
Cryotherapy is not just a cool trend; it’s a scientifically proven path to faster muscle healing!
What is it: High-tech compression massage boots that relieve muscle aches and increase circulation. This clinically proven method helps reduce soreness and enhances athletic performance.
Why it’s great: Unlike static compression, these boots use dynamic pulsing to effectively mimic the muscle pump of the legs, facilitating fluid and metabolite movement out of the limbs after strenuous activity. Benefits include reduced pain sensitivity, decreased muscle fatigue, and improved blood circulation and range of motion.
When to use it: Before the Cycle Tour, we recommend several sessions to prime your legs and aid muscle recovery from training. Post-event, indulge in a session for comprehensive leg rejuvenation.
Did you know? A study titled “Dynamic Compression Enhances Pressure-to-Pain Threshold in Elite Athlete Recovery: Exploratory Study” revealed some fascinating facts:
- Dynamic Power: It found that dynamic compression significantly boosts the pressure-to-pain threshold in elite athletes during recovery.
- Soreness, Be Gone: Essentially, pneumatic compression boots are superstars in reducing muscle soreness and enhancing recovery after those intense workout sessions.
Science-backed compression boots are your secret weapon for a faster, smoother recovery!
What is it: Red light therapy ( also known as Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation) is a simple way to add healthy light to your daily life, and improve your health and wellness. It’s a simple, non-invasive treatment that delivers wavelengths of red and near infrared (NIR) light to your skin and cells.
Why it’s great: Red light therapy is known for its ability to enhance energy production at a cellular level, reduce inflammation, and speed up the healing process. It’s particularly beneficial in soothing muscle soreness, repairing damaged tissue, and accelerating recovery time.
When to use it: Integrate red light therapy into your routine in the weeks leading up to the race for optimal muscle condition and post-race for accelerated recovery and reduced inflammation.
Dive into the breakthrough study “Effects of Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) on the Nuclear Factor (NF)-κB Signaling Pathway in Traumatized Muscle.” This 2006 research, led by experts from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, reveals:
- Targeted Healing: It focused on an experimental model of muscle injury, treating the tissue with a low-level laser.
- Impressive Results: The therapy notably reduced inflammation, blocked harmful reactive oxygen species, and prevented the activation of NF-kappaB, a key player in inflammation.
These findings underscore red light therapy’s potential in aiding athletic recovery, reducing muscle fatigue, and boosting repair and growth.
Take care of your body with our tailored pre and post Cycle Tour recovery options. Bring along your cycling buddies for a shared recovery experience.
In February & March receive a discount on group bookings of our recovery bundle: 1 x cryo + 1 x compression + 1 x red lights
1 person: R1200 (save R300 off normal price)
2 people: R1125 per person (save R375 per person)
3 people: R1050 per person (save R450 per person)
Book your sessions now and make your Cape Town Cycle Tour experience unforgettable!