Ice Baths Can Help You Relieve Workout Aches & Pains
Dec 2, 2022 By Lael Miller
Does your body complain about your adventurous lifestyle?
The adrenaline rush of an intense workout can give way to sore muscles, achy joints, and back pain. The highs of lifting, running, or climbing can lead to stiffness and discomfort in everyday life. The same body that felt on fire with achievement might protest for days during the simplest of movements.
Ice baths can be a potent solution for reducing the aches and pains of vigorous exercise.
How Ice Baths Deliver Pain Relief
Cold therapy relieves pain by decreasing tissue temperature, reducing swelling, desensitizing nerves, and improving perceptions of pain and soreness.
It also plays a role in decreasing inflammation and calming the nervous system.
Pain is a complex mix of physical, mental, and emotional responses. People have different tolerances and reactions to pain. The higher the perception of pain, the more likely it is to be accompanied by negative emotions.
Cold water immersion is an effective way to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is associated with a “rest and digest” response. The vagus nerve is the primary nerve of this system and is responsible for healthy digestion, healing, and feelings of well-being.
Experiment with combining cold therapy with breathing techniques, meditation, singing, or other calming practices that also stimulate the vagus nerve.
By affecting the physical structure, mental perception, and overall emotional response, ice baths provide natural relief and improved recovery for competitive athletes, weekend warriors, and fitness enthusiasts.
Cold Water Immersion Pain Relief for Common Complaints
If you work hard to make progress and push harder to perform, there’s often pain with the gain.
Common irritations include achy muscles, stiff joints, low back pain, and foot pain. Whether mildly annoying or inconvenient to the point of changing your plans, cold therapy can relieve your pain and improve your recovery.
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), post-workout fatigue, cramping, or even bruising can benefit from a cold soak with Epsom salt to reduce pain and aid recovery.
Cold water immersion may increase muscle oxygenation and decrease the perception of soreness, and Epsom salt works to lessen pain, speed recovery, and reduce stress.
It’s a healthy and holistic way to invigorate your tired muscles.
Joint stiffness can show up after extended periods of time without movement, like sleeping or sitting at a desk. It can also occur after a workout or other demanding activity, and it’s often accompanied by pain.
Try an ice bath first thing in the morning or after a long day at work to alleviate the discomfort. Cold water therapy is also a promising modality for chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.
For additional mobility, follow an icy plunge with some gentle yoga or a short walk.
Low Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most costly and pervasive conditions in the world. It interferes with work, play, and general well-being.
Medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and skeletal muscle relaxants can be helpful, but both have side effects to consider, including gastrointestinal issues for NSAIDS and sedation and impairment of coordination for muscle relaxants.
Ice baths are a drug-free option for reducing inflammation, swelling, pain, and muscle spasms. It’s a simple and effective way to soothe low back pain after pushing yourself to your limits.
If your feet are begging for some attention, give them a quick soak!
Whether you decide to take a full-body plunge or just dip from the calves down, you can revitalize your achy joints, muscles, and arches after a distance run or a long day on your feet.
Follow with moisturizer and a gentle massage. Weave your fingers in between your toes, and dig your thumbs into your arches. Even just a few minutes on each foot can make a world of difference!
Pain Relief for Fitness Professionals and Enthusiasts
You ask a lot of your body, and it deserves your care and attention.
Cold water immersion can aid recovery, decrease pain and inflammation, improve circulation, and build resilience so that you can continue to show up at your best.
Ice Barrel offers at-home convenience, is easy to use, and requires minimal maintenance.
Take the plunge. Your body will thank you!
Disclaimer: Consult with your doctor if you have underlying health conditions to decide if cold water therapy is an appropriate fit for you. If you have consistent musculoskeletal pain, see a doctor or physical therapist for an evaluation.
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