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The concept behind the Contrast Bath is simple: By alternating icing and heating, you create a pumping action that will first expel damaged tissue, then flush the injured area with oxygen, nutrients, and the natural chemicals the body uses to heal itself. A good three pumps usually does the trick.
Contrast baths have been shown to work in cases of swelling, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, poor circulation, and reduced range-of-motion. For athletes, it’s one of the quickest ways to get back into the action.
Contrast Bath Recipe
Set aside 20 minutes, preferably at the beginning and end of the day.
Have a clock or timer at the ready.
For a hand injury, you will need two bowls that will fit your whole hand.
For a foot injury, you will need two buckets or something equivalent that will fit your whole foot.
Fill one of the containers with cold water and ice cubes: Not too much ice or it will hurt; not too little ice or it won’t be cold enough. Every ‘body’ responds differently to temperatures, so choose the coldest temperature you can tolerate for up to 1 minute. Please pay attention to the timing; it matters.
Fill the other container with water as hot as you can stand it without burning you.
Contraindications: Do not use a contrast bath if…
Originally published March, 2010. Latest update date is at top.
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