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June 19, 2008

Cold Water Therapy

By Worker Bee
168 Comments

WaterfallYou’re in the middle of a nice, hot shower, feeling your muscles relax, the day’s tension (or night’s sleepiness) melt away. As you bask in the quiet moment of repose, suddenly your body gets a startling jolt. After a second of disoriented shock, you realize something has happened to the hot water. Did someone start the washer? Is the water heater going berserk? Your hopes of relaxation now dashed, your stress level through the roof, you finish only the most obligatory rinsing and step out of the shower cursing, muttering and shivering as you reach for your towel.

But does a cold shower need to ruin the day? Can they actually be more than a nuisance, but a legitimate health therapy as some say? We thought we’d do some digging to explore the notion MDA reader Alex recently put forth: “The way Grok kept himself clean sure wasn’t with sustained periods of temperature controlled hot water. Maybe we shouldn’t either.” The results we found were very intriguing (and encouraging) indeed.

The underlying premise of cold water therapy is that briefly and somewhat regularly exposing the body to certain kinds of natural stresses (like cold water) can enhance health. Promoters of cold water therapy say that it can boost immune function, decrease inflammation and pain, and increase blood flow. Some argue that a shower setting is suitable, while others say some level of immersion is necessary for real benefit. What does the research say? Here’s what we found.

The benefits of cold water therapy appear to depend on the subject’s adaptation over time. In other words, regular polar dips seem to enhance long term health, but a single cold burst in the shower won’t offer much beyond a good wake-up jolt. The power of cold water therapy, it seems, is in the habituation itself.

In studies comparing regular winter swimmers with subjects not adapted to cold immersion, winter swimmers showed an ability “to survive a significantly greater temperature gradient between body and environment than non-cold-adapted subjects.” Their advantage over the non-adapted subjects was a modification of the “sensory functions of hypothalamic thermoregulatory centres to lower heat loss and produce less heat during cold exposure.” The researchers concluded that regular winter swimmers show “metabolic, hypothermic and insulative” kinds of adaptation to cold temperatures.

Shower

Cold showers, research shows, can help this habituation process, but only water at 10 degrees Celsius (as opposed to 15 degrees C) made a difference. Habituation also seems to be somewhat long-term. In a British study, subjects’ responses showed that habituation to cold water lasted 7-14 months as measured by respiration and heart rate.

Some of the specific benefits? A German study examined oxidative stress associated with ice-bathing in regular winter swimmers and found these swimmers showed an “adaptive response” through enhanced “antioxidative defense” as measured by several blood markers.

Other research highlighting cold water’s effect on immunity shows an increase in both the number and activity of peripheral cytotoxic T lymphocytes in those regularly exposed to cold therapies.

Full body cold water immersion and cryotherapy (cold air chamber) also resulted in a sustained increase in norepinephrine, which substantiates the long-term pain relief touted by cold therapy promoters. Exposure to cold also increases metabolic rate.

Finally, the benefits of cold water therapy show promise for those with chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic heart failure, and some (non-lymphoid) types of cancers.

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So, are you intrigued yet? Though the jury may still be out on some of the findings related to specific medical conditions, healthy individuals seem to have much to gain from the cold. It’s all about upregulating our systems, taxing them in a healthy, natural way like intermittent fasting. While the findings don’t suggest people should, in the name of health, give up hot showers altogether (who would give them up even if they did!) Alex may have a legitimate point after all. We will be keeping our eyes and ears open for new research around cold water therapy for future posts.

Some specific suggestions based on the findings? Very cold showers appear to be beneficial for the purpose of habituation, but we’d recommend alternating them occasionally with immersion when you can. Those of you in Northern climates might have more fun and social occasions (e.g. New Year’s polar dips) for such an exercise, but we can all spare the water heater for a day now and then for a nice cold dip in the old tub.

Thoughts? Questions? Fun stories of your own polar hydro-adventures? We’d love to hear your take.

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Chris
8 years 3 months ago

This is a great article, I always finish off showers with a cold rinse and try to jump into cold pools and the sea whenever I can. its a totally energizing and refreshing experience.

TokyoJarrett
4 years 6 months ago

I know this is a really old post, but I 100% agree with you on this. Finishing off showers with a cold rinse keeps you from sweating after getting all clean, too, which is a bonus.

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Localad
4 years 5 months ago

I first read this page, ‘BK’ in 2009

Now revisiting this page, ‘AK’ in 2012

gilian tajanan
4 years 5 months ago

cold water therapy…
so how is that possible to countries like the philippines?

Edward
4 years 4 months ago

Aren’t streams and the ocean below room temperature in the Philippines? Try scuba diving below 30 or 40 feet if you can.

Matthew Caton
4 years 4 months ago

If you stop to think about it… cold adaptation is entirely a Paleolithic concept given that the earth was in various ice ages during the Paleolithic era.

It only makes sense that cold weather exposure in human beings will bring about health benefits similar to switching to a Paleo/Primal diet.

Crystal
Crystal
8 years 3 months ago

A comment on the chronic fatigue hypothesis. I agree, CFS is related to the hypothalmic pituitary axis. It is directly related to low levels of thyroid and adrenal hormones. Muscle pain/low levels of serotonin is a symptom along with CFS–it is not CFS.
I don’t think people with CFS feel better in cold water, but they do feel bad in hot water. Anything that increases metabolism or temperature is going to stress the body if the adrenal hormones are lacking, specially, cortisol and aldosterone.

kalopay
kalopay
6 years 8 months ago

CFS may also be caused by degenerative diseases of the nrevous system so people with this type of ailment must be cautious to the degree of water temperature they are using..

kalopay
kalopay
6 years 8 months ago

an autoimmune disease like myasthenia gravis also produces a profound symptom of muscle weakness and cold water therapy cannot counteract the devastating effect of acetylcholine and dopamine imbalance of this ailment

Nino
Nino
5 years 5 months ago
Hi, I have had CFS for years and for me the best help has come from frequent immersion in a cold bath. I try to have one each morning, and yes it is challenging, especially at the start, but the benefits it brings to my life are immense. Im in UK if any one wants to discuss further. As an unexpected side issue, cold baths have also stopped my Raynauds. I understand that we are all different in how we respond to treatment, but this is a free and accessible treatment for most. Do start slowly, perhaps by standing in… Read more »
sally
sally
4 years 10 months ago

Hi there, I have fibromyalgia and would love to know more about cold water therapy and how it has helped. I have been trying it for that last week and I feel slightly better.

Joe
4 years 9 months ago

Hey Nino how you going? I’d love to get in touch with you and hear a little more about your ice bath experience for CFS/ME. I’m putting an article together on it and am keen to give it a go myself, some people swear it got them back on their feet. Thanks! Joe

Patrick3000
Patrick3000
4 years 8 months ago

Hey Joe, where can we read the article?

Claudia
3 years 8 months ago

Hi, I have Raynaulds and haven’t found anything that improves the condition. I’ve never tried cold baths. Do you think immersion in a bath tub is required or cold showers maybe work? just curious to how you improved your Raynaulds.

Thanks,
C

Harry Mann
Harry Mann
3 years 8 months ago
Hello Claudia, No, cold showers – as I said in an earlier post – are not quite the same thing as immersion. Read all you can on TRHT (Thermo Regulatory HydroTherapy and V.J. Kakkar, and the Chelsea Clinic). For Reynaud’s there is something that might help, I’ve heard it has with others, which is Gingko Biloba supplements, normally prescribed for memory loss as the years roll on – the connection being peripheral circulation. Also might try: Rutin (in buckwheat, and buckwheat honey), rosehips etc. You could try also just immersing feet and hands in cold water, liit this to about… Read more »
Rock
Rock
1 year 8 months ago

I have primary Raynauds(28 F and have been suffering since 16yrs old) and i tried the hot/cold shower. As soon as I turned the knob to cold I almost fell to the ground. My vessels vasoconstricted immediately and it was extremely painful. I’ve never felt that type of pain before which is kind of scary when you think about the condition possibly progressing into peripheral arterial disease. Ugh, is this what we have to look forward to!? Don’t do it. You want to vasodilate your vessels if anything, not constrict them!

JM
JM
3 years 3 months ago

Hi,
I have Raynauds and it is horrible! I’d love to hear about your experience in stopping it. Please email me. Thanks!

vivek
vivek
6 months 29 days ago
I started in in feb,2015. i felt good. My dandruff was gone. I was happy. On 1st December,2015 . I had headache. I took medicine. I checked blood pressure. It was 152 / 102 MM of mercury. On 2nd, December, I took hot/cold contrast bath. On 3rd I felt numbness ( small touch sense loss) in left half of body ( face, hand foot). On 4th Doctor did MRI but no fault in brain. But after 3 months this tingling effect it still there. The sense to pinch is different in right and left side of body. I feel my… Read more »
Ryan Denner
8 years 3 months ago

It isn’t the same, but I always love RUNNING into the ocean – it is THE only way to get in the water. Some people tip toe, and ooh and aah, and avoid the inevitable splash against *that* part of our body, but in reality, its a lot more fun and adaptable to just run in! Oh, and by the way, definitely stay in for a little bit – the water may not be *cold*, but it certainly isn’t ambient or blood temp!

Brian
Brian
8 years 3 months ago

Interestingly enough, part of Art DeVany’s EF lecture that was published to YouTube (with Art’s permission) deals with this topic.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=daO-xVhoYcg

JDS
JDS
8 years 3 months ago

This may be shifting the argument from whether cold water exposure is healthy to just vanity – but would one of the adaptations (i.e. insulative) be increased fat storage?

Aaron
8 years 3 months ago

JDS –

As Art mentions in the video link above one of the reasons surfers are often so trim is because they spend a lot of time in cold water. The cold water absorbs heat from the surfer which requires energy (calories) to create. All other things being equal you could, ostensibly, lose weight simply by sitting in cold water. This is a version of the drinking cold water tip you may have heard.

Mike OD - IF Life
8 years 3 months ago
I do “contrast showers” all the time. Aka…start off somewhat hot then do 30sec cold, back to warm, 30 sec colder….etc…trying to hit all the lymph node areas (under the arms, neck, front hips) and the spine to shock the CNS. Great stuff. Definitely feel more alert…and there might be a little something in regards to fat loss since it will generate some sort of norephedrine response (which is key to access the fat in all those hard to get places that have those stubborn A2 receptors, or we could just take an ECA stack…if you can find it). Also… Read more »
Strong One
8 years 3 months ago

Heh heh.. I was a member of the polar bear club in high school, TOTALLY invigorating.
I can’t say I’d be making cold showers a habit in some way.
Cooling down is a must, but at the end of the day at least for me…. the shower needs to be hot.

Huckleberry
8 years 3 months ago

I’m trying to do as much cold water swimming as possible this summer. On the only extremely hot day (for Seattle) so far this season, I swam in Puget Sound, in water that was about 50 degrees, for 15-20 minutes. I’d never spent anywhere near that much time in it before. It felt amazing in the 90 degree heat, although when I came out my foot cramped up and I couldn’t quite feel my legs.

Water water tempts me.

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Huckleberry
8 years 3 months ago

Hmm, I don’t know why the word “water” appeared twice there.

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Nancy
Nancy
8 years 3 months ago

As a kid I regularly swam in chilly water. We would go to Lake Tahoe a few times each summer and the community pool at my parents’ cabin in the mountains was huge and not heated, so the water stayed pretty chilly, often in the mid 60s. Maybe that is one reason why we kids had so much energy and my parents, who wouldn’t regularly go for a dip, didn’t!

Rodney
Rodney
8 years 3 months ago

I occasionally end a shower with a few minutes of cold water only. Out of curiosity, I just checked the temperature and it is only 68-70 degrees…far shy of the 50 degrees mentioned. Looks like my only real option is adding ice to a bath which is a bit more work. I wonder if well water would tend to be colder than my city water? I remember the showers at a farm house I rented being much colder than my current house. Anybody else check their water temps?

Mark L.
8 years 3 months ago

The well water at my house was 61 degrees this morning. I began taking cold showers as a health technique in April. My body has adapted quite a bit; it’s not near the shock now as it used to be. Also although I’m still somewhat invigorated by my 3 minute-long cold showers, the after effects of tingly, tight skin have decreased since I first began.

Ed Greenaway
Ed Greenaway
8 years 3 months ago

George: “Cold showers? They’re for psychotics.”

Kramer “Well I take ’em……..They give me a Whooooosh.”

Caloi Rider
8 years 3 months ago

I was reading about sleep the other day, and I read a comment about how exercising just before sleeping tends to ruin your night’s sleep because of increased body temperature. This information totally matched my experience: I usually go lap swimming on Wednesday nights and then have trouble sleeping afterward.

So this Wednesday, I went lap swimming like usual, and then I came home and took a nice cool shower where I gradually lowered the temperature more and more until it was downright frosty.

Then I got out, went to bed and slept great.

ob
ob
8 years 3 months ago
Hi Another good post I use the cold shower for this purpose after I get up in morning year round-although I dont bother in summer unless I want a general colling. Also, if I do get sick, still happens occassionally, I stop for a day or so till I feel I coming good. If you are in a really cold climate is not to do this in deep pools etc as there is a risk of hypothermia\collapse and drowning— a bucket of icy water or 2 does the job fine with out the risk. I think that the cold experience… Read more »
ob
ob
8 years 3 months ago

One other thing. There is a bit of a trick to it in learning to relax , although you still shiver, when you get this right it becomes easy to do.

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
8 years 3 months ago

So *that’s* why I’ve been so danged healthy the past few years. I’ve got to stop nagging the landlord to fix the plumbing.

Riz
Riz
8 years 2 months ago

Hi

I’ve been having cold showers twice a day for nearly a month now.

Its helped my depression & outlook in life. I feel more content & happier & a lot less stressfull.

Richard Nikoley
8 years 1 month ago
I have the good fortune that my gym, only 5-minutes walk away, has a cold pool that they maintain below 60 deg. After my intense 30-minutes of resistance work, I go into the sauna to increase the heat stress even more, and I leave as soon as I get really uncomfortable; 5-10 minutes. Then it’s into the steam room, i.e., lower temp but very high humidity. This really gets the sweat pumping. After a couple of minutes, I then go into the hot tub, so now the heat transfer efficiency is as high as you can get. Usually, just a… Read more »
Aaron
8 years 1 month ago

Richard – That’s awesome you have those facilities at your disposal. I can imagine looking forward to it at the end of a tough workout… almost like a day in a Primal Spa.

I use to soak in an ice cold (I’d literally pour the freezer ice machine box in the tub) bath I’d draw after an extremely long bike ride. It was torture at first, but the relief and effects (placebo or otherwise) afterward were always worth it.

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Carlos
Carlos
7 years 10 months ago
A comment for Crystal: We may (albeit respectfully) disagree that immersion in cold water taxes certain hormonal organs involved in CFS. I say, “We may,” because I experienced symptoms similar to those associated with CSF but not exactly the same. I experience a great deal of fatigue and occasional muscle cramping and even injury; in addition, I had some mental sluggishness and a broad spectrum of gastrointestinal symptoms; in fact, the g.i. symptoms (cramping, constipation, excessive flatulence) were my primary complaint. After moving to the American Northwest coast, I found myself swimming twice daily in the cold coastal waters. Nothing… Read more »
Tom
Tom
4 years 8 months ago

Can you give more details on the kelp? Does kelp actually work for symptoms?

Dave Bryant
Dave Bryant
7 years 10 months ago

It seems as though I remember a movie shown to us in grade school of native Americans sweating in a hot Tee Pee, then running directly to, and jumping in to a freezing cold lake. I don’t recall their exact purpose, but maybe they were on to something.

Elise
7 years 9 months ago

When I was a teenager trying to lose weight, I read something about a french method of immersing your lower body in the coldest water you could get (from the tap) and sitting for 5 minutes. It was hard and I did it every night. When you get out and dry off, you get a heat and tingly energy in your legs and body. I loved the feeling, but doing it is torture! Maybe I’ll try it again 🙂

Tammy
Tammy
7 years 2 months ago

Out of curiousity, since I’m also trying to lose weight. Did that work for you?

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Fixed Gear
7 years 5 months ago
When I was a lifeguard, the first thing we’d do was a 10 minute morning swim, in water that was anywhere between 55-70F. Let me tell you that cold water would rip any sort of hangover right out of you! We used to have a slang name for it, TBS. Total Body Submersion. It’s a known hangover cure among lifeguards. I’m not promoting heavy drinking, I’m just saying IT WORKS. No matter how hard you went the night before, TBS would take care of you in the morning. If it was a morning run for some reason, you were screwed.… Read more »
Futureboy
5 years 6 months ago
In my circle of friends we go out to Montauk in the summertime. The deep water off the end of Long Island stays REALLY cold throughout the summer. Of course, we binge on wine, steaks, clams, wine, beer, oysters, lobster rolls, wine and more wine. We call the ocean “The Big Aspirin,” for the very same reason. Wake up at 10am, head pounding, eyes dried shut…stumble to the beach, drop your stuff and run into the water…BBBBBBAM!! Hangover gone. PS – Watch out for sharks! Saw a BIG old fin while boogie boarding out in Montauk a few years ago,… Read more »
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Shannon
Shannon
7 years 1 month ago
I recently started taking alternating hot/cold showers. I start off quite warm then gradually make it as hot as I can for about 3 minutes then switch to cold for about 1 minute. I do 3 cycles and gradually make the hot hotter and the cold colder each cycle. I’ve only been doing this for 2 weeks now but the chronic headaches I’ve had for 30 years have lessoned (only 1 in the last 10 days-absolute heaven) and I’ve mysteriosly lost 8 lbs. (I’m quite obese) without changing my eating habits. The fact that it has been stinking hot the… Read more »
JB - CrossFit SS
JB - CrossFit SS
7 years 1 month ago

Does anyone know a good place to buy a cold plunge tank? I’ve been thinking seriously of investing in one for our gym and have had little luck finding something that looks like what you would find in a locker room.

Chad Cilli
Chad Cilli
6 years 1 month ago

Get a horse trough. Eva T brought one to Crossfit NorCal back in the day I believe.

Kristina
Kristina
4 years 10 months ago

I was just thinking of this last night after I came in from my sprints all sweaty – I used to love the cold immersion tank in the gym in HS. We’ve got a Farm Supply right here, I might get one, especially after reading this post!

Roger
Roger
6 years 11 months ago

I have suffered from a mild form of Raynaud syndrome all of my life. When I started using cold water thereapy a few years back, one of the benefits that emerged several weeks later was a increase of blood circulation to my fingers and a cessation of the Raynaud Syndrome.

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Grace
Grace
6 years 7 months ago

The French method Elise mentions in her post is called ‘Bains dérivatifs’, it’s based on an ancien bath technique developped by L. Kuhne, a german therapist from the 19th Century that used water & cold water in particular, to heal all sorts of ailments
you can read about it here

http://www.pureinsideout.com/louis-kuhne.html

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Sungrazer
6 years 5 months ago
Cold showers … the thought struck me this morning as I was enjoying a slightly warmer than freezing shower. Could the benefits of cold showering be an evolutionary adaptation? A trait that improves survivability which is inherited to the next generation? The reason I thought of this was that the first cold splash induced the mammalian divers reflex (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammalian_diving_reflex) in me. Why do we retain this reflex unless we have some history of water adaptation? May the added health benefit we experience with cold showers have something to do with that those who tolerated colder water in order to get… Read more »
Dave
Dave
6 years 2 months ago
Interestingly, one of the most senior instructors of Systema, Vladimir Vasiliev states that he was taught to use cold water ablutions in the Spetsnaz (Russian special forces). From a health perspective, the soldiers were told that Russian scientists had found that for micro seconds the sudden shock of the cold water pushed the body`s core temperature up to 42.2 degrees C – effectively mimicking a `fever` and burning off all the nasty foreign microbes that may be lurking in the body. Vlad says that he has persisted with the practice ever since…and has yet to suffer another cold, despite now… Read more »
Roger
Roger
4 years 7 months ago
A follow up. Our water here in January runs around 57 F and so there is a slight shock and awe when I first turn the water from hot to cold. Since my body acclimated to the shock I now find the coldwater to be quite exhilarating and I still do not get colds or flue. When I first started this regimen over five years ago, one minute was all I could stand but now I have no problem with several minutes. For those of you who have serious heart burn, try eating an apple before you go to bed.… Read more »
Roger
Roger
6 years 2 months ago
About four years ago (I am 65 now) our doctor suggested that my wife and I start taking a cold shower on a daily basis and I decided to give it a try. Now I shave while showering so I start off with a very hot shower and after shaving I turn the shower all the way cold. In the summer here in Idaho the cold water is in the upper sixties and into the seventies but in the winter it is downright shocking. Before I started this regimen I caught every cold and flue bug that got passed around… Read more »
Frank
Frank
6 years 2 months ago

I have been doing the “James Bond” showers for about two weeks now. I start with hot water and then switch to cold for the last minute or so. It sure feels great, just not sure it is reallying doing anything beneficial.

sarah williams
sarah williams
6 years 1 month ago

I live in AZ and was running a lot throughout the winter. I was very sore and started doing 10 min dips in my cold pool. I noticed much less soreness- ! 4 months had passed without a cool dip (hot here). I just swam ALcatraz without a wetsuit. My AZ companion froze in a wetsuit, I found it refreshing! I think my cold immersions helped prep me for the swim. Interesting that the adaption to the cool lasts that long.

Chad Cilli
Chad Cilli
6 years 1 month ago

I can’t help but wonder if there may be some benefit that Navy SEAL candidates get from all the exposure to cold water that allows them to push there bodies to seemingly superhuman levels for months on end.

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Samuel Phiri
5 years 7 months ago

I recently used the hot and cold shower treatment during a recent bout of flu and I can say that it really works. After the bath I spent a very peaceful night when on previous days I had been coughing throughout the night. For more on these treatments visit http://www.cureyourself.net/2010/12/short-cold-bath.html

Stan
Stan
2 years 1 month ago
I agree. When I lived in Canada for many years, I would catch a cold and flu every now and then. Did not use cold water therapy then. A year ago I have moved to Middle East and at the same time started cold water therapy – water is not that cold here from the tap so I put a 2 gallon bucket into my fridge and let it cool overnight. After a hot shower I would just pour it quickly over my head feeling the rush – a form of mini immersion. Doing this every weekend (2 days a… Read more »
Conor
Conor
5 years 6 months ago

Who would give up warm water… Well me and yes it is by choice, I’ve found that the benfits of cold water are so great that I have cancelled out any warm water entirely. I will likely never deviate from this, unless I have a really really good reason;) Oh I also live in New England year round.

Andy
5 years 5 months ago
I have always liked the ocean in the winter. As kids I would ditch school and go bodysurfing for hours in January. As i got older i moved away from bodysurfing and cold water. A few years back I was filming some outrigger canoe races and found myself swimming in some pretty cold water Off Avila beach for up to 40 min at one swim. I do not like wetsuits at all so this was with just a patagonia shirt and short and my trusty Churchil fins. The point is Man did I feel alive. I cannot talk about the… Read more »
Brandon
Brandon
5 years 5 months ago
I love cold showers, especially in winter. Cold showers are amazing, I time myself for 4 minutes and the first 20 s really hurts, especially when it’s winter but the next 3 minutes are… liberating (the only word that seems fitting) When you emerge the warmth the towel offers is a little reward and when your hair dries, in my case for once it actually has volume. Yeah my hair is usually a straw mess which sticks to my scalpt, but cold water gives it volume and a shine (it liberates it! hahah). After the shower I go outside in… Read more »
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