The importance of heating your unit
I didn’t really find any threads covering this subject. Maybe I just don’t know how to use the search, however I think it’s time for me to lose my posting virginity with this. It’s probably nothing groundbreaking but could work as a reminder perhaps?
My knowledge in PE is quite limited, but I’ve noticed most routines suggest warm wraps before and after the actual routine. The reason being, it’s safer that way (?). For a newbie it’s easy to overlook the heating part and think that you are warm enough already. My question is, could heating your unit actually be the most crucial part of the routine and gaining in PE overall?
I found this on Google about infrared-saunas:
“The following information has been summarized from Chapter 9 of Therapeutic Heat and Cold, Fourth Edition, Editors Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin, or concluded from data gathered there.
Generally it is accepted that heat produces the following desirable therapeutic effects:
1. Infrared heat increases the extensibility of collagen tissues. Tissues heated to 45 degrees Celsius and then stretched exhibit a non-elastic residual elongation of about 0.5 to 0.9 percent that persists after the stretch is removed. This does not occur in these same tissues when stretched at normal tissue temperatures. Therefore 20stretching sessions can produce a 10 to 18 percentage increase in length of tissues heated and stretched.
Stretching of tissue in the presence of heat would be especially valuable in working with ligaments, joint capsules, tendons, fasciae, and synoviurn that have become scarred, thickened, or contracted. Such stretching at 45 degrees Celsius caused much less weakening in stretched tissues for a given elongation than a similar elongation produced at normal tissue temperatures.
Experiments cited clearly showed low-force stretching could produce significant residual elongation when heat is applied together with stretching or range-of-motion exercises. This is safer than stretching tissues at normal tissue temperatures.”
My conclusion is, would it be most efficient to try and uphold the 45 Celsius even during the routine, whether it’s stretching, jelqing, clamping or even during ADS, etc. Maybe with the help of infrared lamp for example?
The original text is from http://www.euro-saunas.com/research.htm