You know you're desperate when you're taking an Ice Bath in the middle of the day.
Cold temperatures will constrict blood vessels, flush waste products, and reduce swelling and tissue breakdown. AFTER your ice bath, as the tissue warms and the increased blood flow speeds circulation, the healing process is jump started.
If I don't use the Provo River, this is how I take my Ice Bath:
Turn the faucet on to cold, no hot AT ALL (no cheating).
Dump your entire ice tray holder and any extra ice you have in the water. I have even bought a gallon bag of ice from a gas station before.
Fill the water up until when you sit down you are completely covered from the waist down.
Keep your toes out.
You can wear a shirt, scarf, coat whatever on top.
Hold a hot drink or check out things on your phone to pass the time….at your own risk.
10-12 minutes is all it takes.
AND last but MOST important…..WEAR UNDERWEAR! That little bit helps between you and the freezing water, TRUST ME!! Talk about major pain.