Contrast hydrotherapy

Contrast hydrotherapy

A series of hot and cold water applications. A hot compress (as hot as an individual can tolerate) is applied for three minutes followed by an ice cold compress for 30 seconds. These applications are repeated three times each and ending with the cold compress.
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MC: Contrast hydrotherapy, massages, cupping, stretching, getting enough sleep, NormaTec pants.
KG: While we're on the subject of ice-cold water--earlier you mentioned rehabbing with "contrast hydrotherapy," can you briefly elaborate on that?
MC: I do recommend contrast hydrotherapy. Alternating between ice-cold and hot water.
Table 1: The effects of different types of hydrotherapy application (adapted from Blake 2008) Circulation Metabolism Short hot application [up arrow] [up arrow] Long hot application [down arrow] [up arrow] Short cold application [up arrow] [up arrow] Long cold application [down arrow] [down arrow] Table 2: Principle types of effects in hydrotherapy (adapted from Blake 2008) Effect type Description Best use Revulsive Increases blood flow to Contrast hydrotherapy organ or area.