Ice Baths for Muscle Recovery

By

Alex Tyson

Ice baths have been shown to have many health & wellbeing benefits but do ice baths help sore muscles? Below is information on using ice baths for muscle recovery, why they are effective and how long to sit in ice baths for sore muscles.

Found—Space is the longest-running infrared sauna company in Australia, founded in 2008. We’re super passionate about helping our clients elevate their physiology through innovative home wellness technologies such as an infrared sauna and ice bath. We provide guidance and ongoing support to ensure our clients use our products effectively so they can enjoy the benefits for both their bodies and minds. Here is what you need to know about ice baths for muscle recovery:

Do Ice Baths Help Sore Muscles?

Yes, the good news is that using ice baths for muscle recovery has been proven to be an effective method. This is why ice baths are widely used for athletes, especially because of the additional benefit of ice baths, which can include:

  • Reducing inflammation
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Increasing circulation (post-ice bath)
  • Helping to train your brain to have a higher tolerance to stressors
  • Boosting your mood
  • Reducing anxiety & depression
  • Weight management
  • Increasing energy levels

There are several ways that ice baths work for muscle recovery. When your body is immersed in cold water the way blood and other fluids flow through your body change, which can result in a reduction in swelling, inflammation and tissue breakdown as well as shifting lactic acid away from your muscles. When you get out of the ice bath and your body starts to warm up, your circulation increases and your muscles relax. This constriction and dilation of your blood vessels can also help to flush away metabolic waste. Another way that ice baths work for muscle recovery, is that ice baths can increase your blood flow, flooding your cells with nutrients and oxygen which can also aid the recovery process.

How Long To Sit In Ice Bath For Sore Muscles

There is no set time as such when it comes to how long to sit in an ice bath for sore muscles however most people will aim for anywhere between 5 to 20 minutes – with many building up the duration over time as their tolerance strengthens. It is important to note that everyone responds differently to ice baths. Ensure you use your ice bath safely and consult your healthcare professionals if you have pre-existing conditions or concerns.

Enquire About Our Ice Bath Range Today

If you would like to use an ice bath for muscle recovery call 1800 986 646 to speak with us about our range of ice baths available throughout Australia. Alternatively, fill out our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you have and guide you on the most effective ways to use ice baths for muscle recovery.

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