The Wellness Hype: Cold Therapy


If you're into the world of wellness you've probably heard of the term 'cold water therapy' by now. Even if you're not, I'm sure you've seen one video of someone jumping into a tub of ice on Instagram. Cold water therapy is a practice that has gained a massive amount of popularity over the last couple of years. 

What is cold water therapy? 

Cold water therapy involves immersing yourself in freezing cold water (typically under 15°C). This could involve a cold shower, an ice bath, or an outdoor swim/swim in nature. 

Cold water therapy typically lasts for a few minutes, however, don't be disappointed if you can't last more than a minute, it's a buildable exercise!

Benefits of cold water therapy?

Unless you are a daredevil who loves to test your limits, cold water therapy must come with some benefits. Here are some noted benefits that may come with cold water therapy: 

May help with muscle recovery

One of the most popular reasons people participate in cold water therapy is that it may help with muscle recovery. For this reason, cold water therapy is popular with runners and professional athletes like football and rugby players.

According to a study, cold water immersion reduces delayed-onset muscle soreness after exercise compared with passive interventions involving rest or no intervention at all (1).

May help with mood

Whilst more research is needed, studies and research have found hopeful conclusions for cold water therapy helping with mood. 

In a 2018 study, a 24-year-old British woman who suffered from symptoms of anxiety and depression and had been treated with medication since 2017 trialed cold water therapy.

One week later, an immediate improvement in mood was shown, followed by a gradual reduction of symptoms. Follow up one year later, and she remains medication-free (2).

May boost the immune system 

Whilst more research and scientific studies are needed, cold water therapy could be a hopeful activity for anyone looking to keep their immune system tip-top.

Going from a hot to a cold shower can stimulate blood cells that fight off infections. A study conducted in the Netherlands found that people who participated in cold showers for 30, 60, and 90 seconds called out sick 29% less than people who did not have cold showers (4)

Where can I try cold water therapy? 

Cold water therapy can be as simple as having a cold shower in your home. 

There are also retreats, work-shops, classes & clubs that practice cold water therapy.  

Enjoy & let us know in the comments if we've inspired you! 

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IMPORTANT NOTICE * The content included in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional or medical advice. Please speak to your GP before trying any new remedies. 

*If you have health conditions, please double-check with your GP & research before taking any new remedies.

Resources & Studies:

What Is Cold Water Therapy? A Detailed Scientific Guide
Open water swimming as a treatment for major depressive disorder
6 cold shower benefits to consider

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