How Contrast Bath Therapy Works

The theory behind the use of contrast baths in physical therapy is that the rapid change from warm to cold helps to quickly open up and close the tiny capillaries in the body. Warmth causes these small arteries to open; cold causes them to close.

The rapid opening and closing of the arteries near the site of your injury creates a pumping action. This pumping is thought to help decrease swelling and inflammation around the injured area. By decreasing the swelling and inflammation, pain can be reduced and improved mobility can be achieved.

Goals of Treatment

If your physical therapist chooses to use a contrast bath for the treatment of your injury, the goals of treatment will most likely include:

  • Decrease pain
  • Decrease swelling
  • Control inflammation
  • Improve mobility
Be sure to ask your physical therapist the specific goals that are to be achieved by using the contrast bath so you know what to expect.

Common Injuries That May Benefit from a Contrast Bath

Injuries that benefit from contrast bath treatments are those that cause swelling and pain ​around soft tissue and the joints of the body. These injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Ankle and leg fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Upper extremity fractures
  • Hand and finger arthritis



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