Contrast Foot Bath

Definition:

 

This is the use of warm and cold water on the feet to cause a flushing effect and greatly increase the circulation of the feet as well as the rest of the body.

 

Uses:

 

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tired Legs
  • Sub-Acute and Chronic Sprains & Strains (of the Foot or Ankle)
  • Chronic cold feet
  • Foot infections
  • Tired Legs
  • Headaches – combine with a cold compress to the back of the neck
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Menstrual congestion and cramping
  • Head congestion

 

Contraindications:

 

  • Cardiovascular conditions – with Raynaud's & Diabetes use less extreme temperatures
  • Insomnia – this can be too stimulating
  • Cancer

Procedure:

 

  • unclothed from the knees down and covered with a blanket
  • check your pulse
  • have two water basins ready
  • WARM water is between 36 and 38
  • COLD water is between 4 and 15
  • DURATION – A good ratio to follow is 3:1 (Heat:Cold), 3 minutes WARM, then 1 minute COLD
  • REPEAT the cycle 2 or 3 times beginning with the WARM and always end with COLD

 

FYI:

 

  • tingling may be experienced with the cold applications
  • nausea may occur when extreme temperature changes are used
  • add more hot water to WARM as needed
  • add few ice cubes to COLD as needed
  • check your pulse every 5 minutes if concerned
  • after treatment wipe off your feet, and put on warm socks

 

 

This website contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

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