contrast baths

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A treatment for sports injuries, which uses two baths or basins, one filled with water as hot as the patient can tolerate, the other filled with water as cold as the patient can tolerate. Alternate immersion of an injured part in the baths stimulates blood flow, accelerates metabolic processes, decreases pain, and helps reduce swelling. The ratio of heating time to cooling time is adjusted according to the likelihood of creating tissue swelling. Short periods in the hot water and longer periods in the cold water are used for treating acute injuries.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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