While the initial thought of taking an ice bath may seem intimidating to some people reading this, the truth is that an ice bath can have many therapeutic benefits. All you need to do is watch a sports event – whether it’s boxing, body building, MMA, triathlon, or more – and chances are that you’ll see an athlete settling down into a tub of icy, therapeutic water. At Frontline ER, we know that ice baths can help in injuries and illness treatment in Dallas.
The science behind ice bath therapy is simple. The temperature helps constrict blood vessels which will then flush out waste product and prevent tissue breakdown. Then, as the body starts to warm up again, blood flow is increased which in turn jump-starts the body’s natural healing process. This is the same methodology that’s used when an ice-pack is applied to a particular area of the body; but an ice bath can treat a larger area – the whole body – in one submersion!
Following are six tips to incorporate at home if you’d like to try this form of ice therapy for yourself:
Many athletes – both professional and amateur – have avoided having to visit an ER in Dallas by at first trying ice bath therapy. If you still feel that your body has not recovered fully after your at-home treatment, seeking medical advice is a good second action plan.