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Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Ice Barrel and cold therapy.

The answers below will teach you the basics about the Ice Barrel and how to use it. For further information, explore our blog articles or contact us with any other questions you have.

  • What is
    Ice Barrel?

  • What is
    cold therapy?

  • Maintaining
    Ice Barrel

  • How to take
    an ice bath

How is the Ice Barrel made?

Ice Barrel is a product of several years of research and development. We manufacture Ice Barrel in the United States using advanced rotomolding technology.

Rotomolding is a production process that allows us to rapidly produce a consistent and high-quality product that our customers love! Through this technology, we are able to produce highly durable, thick-walled barrels. This means that you don’t have to worry about the Ice Barrel failing or breaking down over time.

What is the Ice Barrel made from?

The Ice Barrel is made from high-quality recycled materials composed primarily of LLDPE (low linear density polyethylene), a lightweight and durable non-toxic plastic. This is the same type of plastic used in food and medical-grade products. And polyethylene can be recycled whenever the valuable life of your Ice Barrel is finished— though it’ll be a long time before that becomes the case.

What differentiates the Ice Barrel from a stock tank, bathtub, or chest freezer?

Our team of industrial designers has spent years identifying and solving many challenges associated with cold therapy.

Ice Barrel is a cold therapy training tool that offers an easy way to bring ice baths to your wellness routine. With a lightweight design and functional features, the Ice Barrel is portable, durable, compact, and looks cool! We’ve designed our product to fit most body types, while also allowing you to sit in an upright position, which helps the body and mind to focus and relax. Our product is ideally designed for people under 6’6″ and 250lbs (105 gallons).

How do I get into the Ice Barrel?

After removing the lid, you’ll enter from the top and settle into a comfortable position. Depending on where you have your Ice Barrel, you can use a step stool or ladder, but use it at your own risk. We recommend always having another person present while you are in the Ice Barrel for your safety. You might experience numbness after an ice bath, which can make it hard to get out of the barrel by yourself.

How long should you soak in an ice bath?

Each ice bath session should last between 5-10 minutes. While you may think the timing is too short, you will be tempted to get out of the barrel quicker than the recommended duration, especially if you’re new to ice baths.

If you spend 15 minutes or more in a cold bath of 10-15 degrees C, you face the risk of getting hypothermia. Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body temperature drops below a safe level (37 degrees C/95 degrees F). Dangerously low body temperature can cause heart failure and even death.

What is cold therapy?

Cold therapy is short-term cold stress that activates the body’s healing mechanisms. There are several different methods and Ice Barrel uses cold water immersion. This involves immersing the body at least to the abdomen but preferably including the neck into approximately 15 degrees Celsius (about 60 degrees Fahrenheit), generally for 5-10 minutes and no more than 15 minutes. This can be done daily as part of the lifestyle for well-being or for reduction of adverse impacts from physical exertion. The other primary method of cold therapy requires a clinical setting and a cold air chamber typically set at -110 degrees Celsius.

Learn more on our blog: Cryotherapy and Ice Baths: What’s the Difference

How is an ice bath better than a cold shower?

With ice baths, you feel the effect immediately around your entire body, and you are sure that every part of your body is submerged in the freezing water. Activation of the body’s natural healing mechanism for general wellbeing works best when there is consistent cold temperature applied to the neck and abdominal region. Consistent application of the cold, as well as the natural compression provided by water, is only provided by submersion.

With an ice bath, you’ll be able to enjoy a deep, penetrating cold through your entire body and muscles. You won’t get this level of penetration from taking a cold shower.

Learn more on our blog: How is an ice bath better than a cold shower?

Are ice baths healthy?

Yes, ice baths are healthy if you follow the correct procedures. Cold therapy has proven to be a safe, non-pharmaceutical way to relieve pain, reset the body for overall health, and allow athletes to return to their workouts faster. With our guidelines, you stand to benefit greatly from cold water immersion therapy with the Ice Barrel.

To learn more about the science of cold therapy, visit our website at www.icebarrel.com/science, so you know the right way to take a cold plunge and get the desired results.

Learn more on our blog: Cold Water Therapy Benefits: What You Need to Know and Back To Our Roots: The History of Ice Baths & Cold Water Bathing

How do I get the cold water and keep it cold?

Maintaining the water temperature greatly depends on your regional climate. For example, customers in Texas, Arizona, and Florida typically need more ice in the summer, spring, and fall months. However, customers in Canada and northern states will likely require less ice in the summer months due to colder temperatures and groundwater.

During the winter, many customers don’t need to add ice.

Here is a helpful video on several ways to chill your ice barrel – https://youtu.be/1TQc2N6cTjI

If you are interested in purchasing a water chiller for your Ice Barrel, email us at info@icebarrel.com for more information.

What is the optimum temperature for an ice bath?

Temperature and duration determine how effective an ice bath will feel. The higher the bath temperature, the longer you’ll need to soak. The optimum temperature and time is 10-15 degrees C (50 – 59 degrees F) for 5-10 minutes.

It is also normal to find professional training facilities that use temperatures between 6-10 degrees C (42-50 degrees F) with recommended therapy treatments of 3 to 6 minutes.

Learn more on our blog: Optimal Temperature for Ice Baths

Should I use ice baths after every training session?

For decades, cold therapy has been used to treat acute injuries and post-exercise recovery. Interestingly, new research has confirmed that cold therapy is a safe and effective remedy for chronic diseases and can promote overall well-being.

According to studies, stress in the form of physical exertion (exercise), as well as life stress, triggers similar hormonal responses that affect heart rate and heart rate variability. Cold water therapy stimulates the Vagus nerve, which can reduce heart rate while improving variability. The Vagus nerve is about 75% of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for regulating abdominal organs and mood. The Vagus nerve runs from the brain, through the neck, to the abdominal organs. Vagus nerve activation reduces stress and induces relaxation.

If you’re focused on recovering and minimizing the fatigue you feel after a training session, an ice bath is a great addition to your post-workout routine. In addition to reducing fatigue and exercise injury, an ice bath has also been shown to prepare your body and mind for the next workout.

Learn more on our blog: Optimizing Athlete’s Post-Workout Recovery

How do I clean and maintain the Ice Barrel?

Ice Barrel requires very little maintenance. We recommend changing the water every four (4) weeks or as preferred. Water cleanliness can be extended by using water stabilizers or treatments such as hydrogen peroxide, chlorine, or UV purifier. You can clean your Ice Barrel using your preferred soap or detergent.

What if the water freezes in my Ice Barrel?

Ice Barrel has gone through extensive testing in extremely cold temperatures where the water freezes. Water freezing in Ice Barrel will not harm the product. In order to keep water at the optimal temperature for cold water immersion therapy (50-60 degrees F), we recommend using the Ice Barrel lid and cover and during extended cold periods.

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