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Cold Plunge

We LOVE our cold plunge, and we know you will too!

What is an Ice Bath?

Ice baths or cold-water immersion is when you plunge your body in a tub of cold water as a recovery and health regimen. Ice baths are becoming an increasingly popular ritual for athletes and exercise fanatics. The revolutionary Cold Plunge uses sanitation (Hydrogen Peroxide), filtration (Ozone), and powerful cooling to create the perfect conditions for an effective ice bath.

Cold Plunge Protocol?

Temperature: The recommended temperature for an ice bath is from 39-60 degrees Fahrenheit – a temperature cold enough to chill your body but not to the freezing point. (So cold, that all you want to do is get out, but you still remain safe.) If you need to start in the upper 50’s or 60 to get adjusted, feel free to do that. It’s probably a good idea even if you think you can handle colder.

Time: 2-10 minutes is recommended, starting with just a few minutes and working your way up. Current research shows that 11 minutes of cumulative deliberate cold water immersion, per week, provides optimal benefits.

What is important, is that you choose a temperature and a duration, that will allow you to develop a daily or 3-4x times per week habit.

9 Benefits of Cold Water Immersion

What can an ice bath do for you? Here are just a handful of benefits:

  • Soothes sore and aching muscles after a hard workout
  • Helps improve your sleep
  • Boosts your mood
  • Reduces swelling and inflammation
  • Cools your body down
  • Helps with stress management
  • Helps boost your immune system
  • Potentially improves performance
  • Can support weight loss

We love the Plunge.com website for resources and support. They have excellent videos and additional support resources on their site. Please visit Plunge.com Benefits page, to hear experts as well as your fellow peers review their experiences!

Do you offer Hot Plunge?

Yes! We offer both Cold and Hot plunge, to enhance opportunity using both for contrast therapy.

What is cold to hot therapy and how does it work?
Just as the name suggests, cold to hot therapy, commonly referred to as contrast therapy, involves rotating quickly between hot temperatures and cold temperatures to relieve pain, injury, or overexertion of the muscles and joints.

The benefits of ice or cold immersion for injury and pain/swelling management are well defined- the cold temperatures are effective as they induce vasoconstriction of the blood vessels. This narrowing of the vasculature results in less blood flow for a period of time, thereby alleviating inflammatory signals to injured areas throughout the body.

Heat therapy or heat immersion works in opposition to cold therapy. In response to heat, blood flow and circulation increase due to expansion of the blood vessels, known as vasodilation. This effect has the potential to increase nutrient delivery to injured areas throughout the body to improve the healing process, as well as relieve cramps and aching muscles.

Clearly, cold, and hot temperatures induce distinct, beneficial behaviors for our muscles and joints. But what happens when you combine the two methods?

When you combine the two methods – first by applying cold directly to the injured area or by full-body immersion, followed by application/immersion of heat, and then alternating between the two for 1-3 minutes each, research suggests that the injured muscles/joints improve recover significantly faster. This is likely due to a simultaneous reduction in inflammation and swelling, followed by an increase in nutrient delivery to the affected rates at a pace much quicker than normal?
For additional informationn on benefits, visit the authoring site to read the full article here.

Cold Plunge (Cold Water Immersion) Resources
We strongly recommend looking at and/or listening to the following resources, and determine what is best for you.

Dr. Andrew Huberman: Using Deliberate Cold Exposure for Health and Performance

Dr. Susanna Søberg on the Benefits of Cold Therapy


Article courtesy of Plunge.com.
Original blog link: https://plunge.com/blogs/blog/hot-or-cold-therapy-which-is-better-for-recovery

AUGUST 24, 2022

Hot and cold therapy are both popular methods for aiding recovery from an injury, illness, or simply after workouts and other physical activities. They have both been used for decades to help relieve pain and speed up healing.

Some people find that one method works better for them than the other, or that both methods work well for them. Sometimes others find that a combination of both hot and cold therapy is most effective. The question is though, is hot or cold therapy better for recovery?

The short answer: There is no definitive answer to this question as everyone has different needs and responds differently to hot and cold therapy, but this post can help you decide how to find the best solution for you. Below, we’ll explore the benefits of both options, and help you decide if hot or cold therapy is better for your personal needs.

When Either Hot or Cold Therapy Will Do

Both hot and cold therapy can give you short-term relief from the following symptoms so either one would be a good choice as a recovery aid.

  • Tender joints or muscles
  • Muscle aches, spasms, and pains
  • Lower and upper back pain
  • Finger, hand, and/or wrist pain
  • Knee pain

Again, your body may respond more to one therapy than the other or you may prefer one method over the other so see which works better for you in these cases.

Cold Therapy

Cold therapy is the use of low, sometimes freezing, temperatures to relieve pain and promote recovery. When used correctly, cold therapy can be an effective treatment for pain and swelling.

Cold therapy works by constricting blood vessels and is best for short-term pain relief. Cold therapy is usually applied using a cold pack, which is placed on the area for a period of time but can be applied in a variety of ways which we’ll talk more about below.

The Benefits of Cold Therapy

There are many benefits of cold therapy, including its ability to:

  • Reduce inflammation and swelling
  • Reduce muscle soreness
  • Numb pain
  • Speed up healing
  • Improve weight loss

These benefits come from the constriction of blood vessels and reduced blood flow that cold therapy induces.

Types of Cold Therapy

Just like heat therapy, there are different types of cold therapy you can try depending on your needs

Ice Packs

Ice packs are one of the most common forms of cold therapy as they are easy to use and can be applied to almost any area of the body. Ice packs can be applied for 10 to 15 minutes at a time and should be wrapped in a towel or cloth to prevent skin damage.

Ice Baths

Whether it’s a DIY at-home ice bath or you use a specialized ice bath tub like The Plunge, an ice bath is great for beginners, enthusiasts, athletes, and non-athletes alike to reap cold water therapy benefits. It’s great for whole-body recovery or lower-body recovery. If you’re attempting your first ice bath at home, check out our free cold plunge protocols and learn how to build a cold plunge routine.

Cold Baths or Showers

If an ice bath seems a too cold to start at, start off by trying a cold shower or bath so see how your body reacts to the cold while still getting some cold water therapy benefits. Later, you can move to an ice bath to get maximum cold therapy benefits.


Cryotherapy is a form of cold therapy that uses extremely cold temperatures to treat pain and is most often done in cryotherapy chambers.

When Not To Use Cold Therapy

There are a few instances when cold therapy should not be used. These include: If you have an open wound If you have Raynaud’s disease If you have a sensory disorder (i.e. autism, Tourette’s, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, and more)

Heat Therapy

Heat therapy is the use of heat to increase blood flow to the affected area to relieve pain and promote healing. It’s typically more effective than cold therapy at treating chronic pain or sore joints especially those caused by arthritis. It can be applied using a variety of methods, which we’ll talk more about below.

The Benefits of Heat Therapy

Heat therapy has a number of potential benefits. These include its abilities to:

  • Reduce chronic pain
  • Relax muscles spasms
  • Improve circulation
  • Reduce muscle stiffness and improve range of motion
  • Speed up healing and allow muscles to repair faster

Heat therapy provides these benefits by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the area of the body it’s applied to.

Types of Heat Therapy

There are a number of different types of heat therapy you can try depending on your needs and the size of the area that needs recovery. Heat therapy can typically be applied up to 20 minutes, up to 3 times a day unless noted or advised otherwise.

Heating Pads

Heating pads are one of the most common types of heat therapy. They can be applied to the affected area for a short period of time to help relieve pain.

Hot Packs

Hot packs are another common type of heat therapy. They are typically filled with hot water or gel and then placed on the affected area

Hot Baths

Another accessible option is to soak the affected area in a hot bath that’s between 92 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Infrared Light

Infrared light can also be used to apply heat and it penetrates deep into the tissue to help relieve pain and promote healing.


Saunas use dry heat to help relieve pain and promote healing and are great if you want total body recovery.

When Not To Use Heat Therapy

There are a few instances when heat therapy should not be used, including:

  • If you have an open wound
  • If you have broken skin
  • If you have a fever
  • If there is bruising or swelling
  • If you have diabetes, vascular disease, and multiple sclerosis

Hot and Cold Therapy (Contrast Therapy)

Sometimes it’s most beneficial to do both hot and cold therapy, aka contrast therapy. Contrast therapy involves starting with heat therapy, then moving to cold therapy, and then back to heat therapy a few times before ending back on heat therapy. This type of therapy is popular among athletes looking to recover quickly from pain or injury.

Benefits of Hot and Cold Therapy

The use of hot therapy increases blood flow and oxygen to the applied area while the use of cold therapy constricts blood vessels and reduces blood flow to the area which helps you get the best of both benefits. Contrast therapy can:

Improve blood circulation and muscle strains Reduce muscle soreness and inflammation Increase energy and alertness Increase range of motion Elevate your mood By doing hot and cold therapy together, you’ll benefit from both forms to aid your recovery routine.

So, Is Hot or Cold Therapy Better?

When it comes to choosing between hot and cold therapy for your recovery, the answer may not be as clear-cut as you think. Both hot and cold therapy have their own set of benefits, so it really depends on what is going to work best for you and your needs.

Cold water therapy (aka ice bathing) is a great place for many people to start their recovery journey. If you’re ready to get started on the path to a quicker recovery, consider The Plunge which will upgrade your at-home recovery routine.

“If we always choose comfort, we never learn the deepest capabilities of our mind or body”
Wim “The Iceman” Hoff

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