Cold water: good for muscles?
Are you wincing watching this? No need to go and find an ice hole, but immersion in cold water is sometimes used with the aim of preventing or treating muscle soreness after exercise. Does it work? A Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews. In systematic reviews we search for and summarize studies that answer a specific research question (e.g. is paracetamol effective and safe for treating back pain?). The studies are identified, assessed, and summarized by using a systematic and predefined approach. They inform recommendations for healthcare and research. found:
- weak evidence suggesting that cold-water immersion reduces muscle soreness immediately after exercise and at 24, 48, 72 and 96 hours compared with rest or no Something done with the aim of improving health or relieving suffering. For example, medicines, surgery, psychological and physical therapies, diet and exercise changes.
- its Refers to serious adverse effects, such as those that threaten life, require or prolong hospitalization, result in permanent disability, or cause birth defects. is unknown
- the best method of cold water immersion is unknown
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Bleakley C, McDonough S, Gardner E, Baxter GDavid, Hopkins JTy, Davison GW. Cold-water immersion (cryotherapy) for preventing and treating muscle soreness after exercise. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD008262. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008262.pub2 – See more at: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD008262/MUSKINJ_cold-water-immersion-for-preventing-and-treating-muscle-soreness-after-exercise#sthash.N3SdS2tE.dpuf