If you’re considering trying cold plunge therapy, you might be wondering what the potential benefits are, and if it’s worth subjecting your body to the extreme cold.
The good news is there are some potential benefits of using cold plunge therapy, especially for people who work out or are competitive athletes.
1. Eases sore and aching muscles
the greatest benefit of ice baths, most likely, is that they simply make the body feel good and after an intense workout, the cold immersion can be a relief to sore, burning muscles.
2. Helps your central nervous system
An ice bath can help your central nervous system by aiding in sleep, and consequently, making you feel better from having less fatigue. Plus, it can help improve reaction time and explosiveness in future workouts.
3. Limits the inflammatory response
The theory is that decreasing the local temperature after exercise helps limit inflammatory response, decreasing the amount of inflammation and help you recover faster.
4. Decreases the effect of heat and humidity
Taking an ice bath may decrease the effect of heat and humidity. An ice bath prior to a long race in conditions where there is an increase in temperature or humidity can lower core body temperature a few degrees which can lead to improved performance.
5. Trains your vagus nerve
One of the main benefits of an ice bath is being able to train your vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is linked with the parasympathetic nervous system, and training it can help you face stressful situations more adequately.