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Cryotherapy Vs. Ice Bath

While both Cryotherapy and Ice baths (or cold water immersion) provide anti-inflammatory and pain relief, their application is significantly different. Cryotherapy relies on exposing your body to significantly lower temperatures for a shorter amount of time with superficial cooling triggering a systemic response to inflammation post activity. Ice Baths rely on exposing your body to cold temperatures for 10-15 mins and allow for cooling beyond just the skin as in cryotherapy. According to most research, there are additional mental and parasympathetic benefits related to ice baths in comparison to cryotherapy.