Ice Baths: Are They Worth It? What You Need To Know

Ice Baths: Are They Worth It? What You Need To Know

Cold-water immersion, also known as an ice bath, is a recovery regimen usually done following a high-intensity workout where you dunk yourself in a tub of cold water for 10 to 15 minutes. From pro athletes like Lebron James to mega superstars like Lady Gaga, it seems like everyone is plunging into the ice bath trend. Cryotherapy centers are even popping up in cities across the country! But is this type of cold therapy a good idea for average weekend warriors and runners?

If you are curious what all the buzz is about, here are some potential benefits and drawbacks to help you decide if it’s worth taking the ice bath plunge.

The potential benefits

Some possible drawbacks

“Since there is no clear-cut yes or no answer on ice baths, the best way to figure out if you like them is to try them,” Dr. Werk said. “If they don’t work, don’t worry. There are plenty of scientifically-proven methods that do.”

If you want to take the plunge at home, Dr. Werk shared these safety guidelines:

Questions or concerns? Schedule an appointment with a Banner Health expert to see if ice baths could work for you.

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