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Can you get hypothermia from cold therapy?

When you’re new to cold training, the benefits seem endless, but are there any downsides to cold therapy? You may be wondering if you can get hypothermia from cold therapy. In this short article we explain this topic.

What is hypothermia?

Hypothermia, or hypothermia, can occur when you expose your body (long-term) to extreme cold without training. With hypothermia, the central body temperature drops below 35 degrees. This can have all kinds of dire consequences, from frozen toes and fingers to loss of consciousness. Hypothermia can even be fatal, so it’s definitely something to watch out for.

Building cold therapy

When you start with cold therapy, it is therefore important that you build it up slowly. By taking a cold shower and slowly building up the time in an ice bath, you cause your body to build up brown fat. Brown adipose tissue that ensures that you are less likely to become hypothermic. Brown fat cells contain many mitochondria, it gives the fat the brownish color. You can think of mitochondria as mini power plants that burn fatty acids and sugar to generate heat. In addition to building up cold exposure slowly, it is also advisable to practice cold therapy in company. Not only more pleasant, but also safer if something does happen. Gradually enter the cold water, it will eliminate the possibility of cold shock. Once in your ice bath, slowly build up the time to 2 minutes. This short time gives you all the health benefits of cold therapy.

Start ice baths at home

Educate yourself well before you start taking ice baths. For example, you can follow a workshop with a cold therapy instructor. Also consult with your doctor; ice baths are not for everyone.

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Understanding Cold Therapy and COPD- Why Trust Water Therapy Applications

Water is used in varying forms and at different temperatures to benefits the human body. You can consume water to get essential minerals, inhale the steam in a vaporized form, or in the form of ice to relax a body part. Warm and cold water applications have led to the advent of incredible techniques such as hydrotherapy and cold therapy.

Maybe you have come across professional athletes sitting in a tub of ice or cold water. It’s a perfect example of apparent cold water treatment. Also known as cryotherapy, cold water therapy is a technique that involves immersing your body in cold temperatures for several minutes. You can get started on cold water therapy by investing in bags of ice, a cryo chamber, coolant sprays or a device like CoolCube, which is at the top of cryo-technology.

This technique is widely used in the sports world and healthcare institutions. If you are ready to embrace cold water technology, you shouldn’t look back as there are proven benefits to know. Have a look:

  1. Quicker Injury and Muscle Recovery

Cold water or ice has a pain-killing effect and will relax the muscles and reduce pain after an injury. Cold therapy is recommended if you struggle with post-surgical rehabilitation, arthritic pain, inflammation, or chronic strain injuries like tendonitis, shin splints, carpal tunnel syndrome, and plantar fasciitis.  Cryotherapy helps soothe the muscles or affected areas.

  1. Improves the Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system relies on muscle contraction to pump the lymph fluid, and if you don’t exercise, the system becomes inefficient, and slow leading to toxins build up. You will experience joint pain, infections, or colds that can be treated via cold water therapy.

  1. Improves Circulation and Heart Health

Poor blood flow will compromise the circulation system and lead to heart-related complications. You might experience high blood pressure, fatigue, headaches, and muscle cramping. The good thing is that cold water immersions can stimulate blood flow and promote good heart health.

  1. Treat Mood Disorders 

Freezing temperatures can cause physiological hormonal responses like the release of endorphins, adrenaline, or noradrenaline. These changes can have a positive effect if struggling with mood disorders.

  1. Helps with Weight Loss 

Cold exposure can aid burn the extra calories in the body leading to weight gain. Exercising in cold water will help burn the excess fat and help healthily lose weight.

  1. Treat Skin Conditions and Atopic Dermatitis

Cryotherapy helps improve antioxidant levels in the blood and reducing inflammation. Cold water can reduce symptoms of itchy and dry skin associated with atopic dermatitis and related skin complications. The cold water technology also aids in strengthening hair and nails.

Water Therapy for People with COPD 

Cold temperatures push the body to work hard to stay warm, putting strain on the lungs and heart. You may start experiencing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) symptoms like chronic cough, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Many COPD patients opt for anti-inflammatory drugs or bronchodilators, oxygen therapy, or surgery. But did you know hydrotherapy can help? 

Hydrotherapy is a technique that involves submerging your body in hot or warm water. The technology has proven to be effective in improving the use of oxygen in the body.

Many lung specialists or respiratory therapists will recommend water-based therapies because they are quite effective in dealing with COPD.

Warm temperatures are essential for those struggling with COPD as warm oxygen or air is easier to breathe. Immersion in warm water helps improve the use of oxygen in the body, and it’s great for fighting respiratory complications. Warm water therapy helps enhance the immune system, lowers respiration infections that cause COPD, and improves the quality of life. Cryotherapy sprays for COPD are also approved by FDA and should be used as recommended. 



Customer opinion about COPD

One of our clients, named Isabel, has SEVERE COPD.
After a year of practicing with her COOLCUBE ice machine, she has improved substantially. Out of her gratitude I wanted to share her story with us, here it is:

I-N-C-R-E-I-B-L-E :

Incredible this is the word that defines the CoolCube ice machine, it has absolute healing power.

8 years ago as a consequence of a tuberculosis in a very advanced stage, I had very severe sequelae, generating a COPD forever.

They have been very hard years, with corticosteroid treatments, inhalers (up to five different ones in the same day) biological treatments, and my health got worse every day: greater difficulties in breathing, to have a normal life, without exercising, without being able to climb stairs, without being able to play with my children, my greatest wish in this life was to be able to take 20-minute walks with my children and climb one-story stairs without drowning.

Thanks to Win Hof I got to know the KHIONE CoolCube ice machine, at first being an unknown world for me I distrusted its effectiveness but my need to recover a small part of my normality led me to invest in my health, and as soon as I get it and start it, notice its result, a year later and having improved my health incredibly this year I thank God every day for having this opportunity to practice ice bath therapy with the KHIONE COOLCUBE machine.

Every day I plug in my ice machine and after a month of use I was able to take 20 minute walks and climb stairs without dying in the attempt, and of course my breathing has improved in an absolute way, and after a year it is wonderful and incredible how good my health is.

It is incredible because thanks to the use of COOLCUBE, I keep my inhalers and corticosteroids in a drawer, I have managed to have a 100% quality of life without using any medication, I just apply Cold Therapy every day with the ice machine.

Name: ISABEL RODRIGUEZ
Star Rating: 5 Star



Rheumatism and cold therapy: is it the solution against inflammation?

In recent years, cold therapy and the Wim Hof Method have become increasingly popular, also among people with autoimmune diseases and chronic pain. For example, more and more people with rheumatism benefit from the effects of cold and regain their quality of life. Radboud UMC made interesting discoveries about cold and how we can influence the autoimmune system with the Wim Hof Method. How can cold training help with rheumatism? Find out more in this article.

What is rheumatism?

Rheumatism is a collective name for hundreds of different painful disorders of the joints, muscles and tendons. They have one thing in common: the pain comes from inflammation. The inflammations are caused by a dysregulated immune system. Exactly how rheumatism develops is still unclear. Rheumatism is a diagnosis that you receive for the rest of your life: you cannot be cured of it. The treatments consist of symptom control such as pain relief and anti-inflammatories. Many rheumatic patients do not benefit enough from this and often suffer from unpleasant side effects. They are looking for a way to improve their health in other ways and to regain control over their life and health. With great success they find possibilities in alternative therapies such as cold training.

How can cold therapy help with rheumatism?

You often hear that taking an ice bath boosts your immune system. However, that gives the wrong impression of what cold therapy does. Instead of boosting the immune system, it actually makes the immune system less likely to go into an active state. People with an autoimmune disease such as rheumatism have an overactive immune system. Research shows that people who do cold therapy are less likely to get sick when exposed to a virus because they produce more adrenaline and thus suppress an immune response. In addition, taking ice baths lowers the pro-inflammatory proteins in the blood and exposure to cold increases the number of white blood cells. So you can temper the immune response, making the immune system less responsive to inflammation. More research is needed to confirm that taking ice baths is the way to treat rheumatism, but the success stories of rheumatoid arthritis patients, as well as those with multiple sclerosis (MS) and Crohn’s disease, are promising. As mentioned before, you cannot cure these autoimmune diseases, neither with regular treatments, nor with cold therapy. But because rheumatism patients can significantly reduce their medication intake or stop completely, they experience much more quality of life.

Start cold therapy at home

Do you have rheumatism and are you inspired to start with cold therapy? Always consult your doctor before changing your medication intake. You can easily build up cold therapy at home by starting with cold showers. Once you get used to it, you can start taking ice baths. With the CoolCube water coolers from Khione you can create an ice and ice-cold ice bath from every bath – without ice cubes! Look here for the different models. 



Cold training and colds: the positive effects

The healing power of cold therapy is becoming increasingly well known. Back in 2014, research from Raboud University showed that simple techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation, and cold training activate the autonomic nervous system and inhibit the immune system’s response. Yet, it took a long time for cold training to be embraced even by skeptics in the fight against various chronic diseases. Meanwhile, the Wim Hof Method is gaining ground worldwide, and many people are finding their salvation in cold training. They start working at home with plunge pools filled with ice and ice-cold water.

Cold therapy and the common cold

Those who regularly step into the cold water are less prone to catching a cold. How is this possible? Trained people produce more adrenaline through breathing techniques and exposure to cold. Adrenaline is a stress hormone released with increased activity of the sympathetic nervous system and suppresses the immune response. This causes the body to produce fewer inflammatory proteins when exposed to a virus or bacteria. Fewer inflammatory proteins mean fewer cold symptoms such as fever and headache.

Chronic respiratory problems and cold training

Cold therapy is also the answer for chronic respiratory problems. With chronic respiratory problems, you can think of COPD and asthma, for example. These airway problems stem from inflammation. They are chronic inflammatory diseases of the lungs resulting from an overactive immune system where healthy cells are attacked.

More and more people with respiratory diseases swear by the Wim Hof Method. They don’t need medication or puffers anymore and feel mentally and physically stronger and more energetic than ever. Many people with hay fever often go hand in hand with sneezing, coughing, and a blocked nose, benefit from cold therapy and dispense with their medication through their daily ice bath.

Cold therapy at home

Cold therapy is available to everyone. It will cost you a one-time investment in a bathtub or tub that you can use to perform cold training. Check out the different CoolCubes here.



Koudetraining en verkoudheid: de positieve effecten

De genezende kracht van koudetherapie wordt steeds bekender. In 2014 bleek uit onderzoek van de Raboud Universiteit al dat simpele technieken zoals ademhalingsoefeningen, meditatie en koudetraining het autonome zenuwstelsel activeren en de reactie van het immuunsysteem remmen. Toch heeft het lang geduurd voordat koudetraining ook door sceptici werd omarmd in de strijd tegen diverse chronische ziekten. Inmiddels wint de Wim Hof Methode wereldwijd steeds meer aan terrein en vinden veel mensen hun heil in koudetraining. Zij gaan thuis aan de slag met dompelbaden gevuld met ijs- en ijskoud water. De indicaties van koudetherapie lopen uiteen van chronische ontstekingsziekten en kanker tot verkoudheid en chronische luchtwegproblemen.

Koudetherapie en verkoudheid

Wie regelmatig het koude water instapt, is minder vatbaar voor een verkoudheid. Hoe kan dat? Getrainde mensen maken door ademhalingstechnieken en blootstelling aan kou meer adrenaline aan. Adrenaline is een stresshormoon dat vrijkomt bij verhoogde activiteit van het sympathisch zenuwstelsel en het onderdrukt de immuunrespons. Dit zorgt ervoor dat het lichaam minder ontstekingseiwitten aanmaakt bij blootstelling aan een virus of bacterie. Minder ontstekingseiwitten betekent minder verkoudheidsverschijnselen zoals koorts en hoofdpijn.

Chronische luchtwegproblemen en koudetraining

Ook voor chronische problemen aan de luchtwegen is koudetherapie de uitkomst. Bij chronische luchtwegproblemen kun je denken aan bijvoorbeeld COPD en astma. Deze luchtwegproblemen komen voort uit ontstekingen. Het zijn chronische inflammatieziekten van de longen voortvloeiend uit een overactief immuunsysteem waarbij gezonde cellen worden aangevallen.

Steeds meer mensen met luchtwegaandoeningen zweren bij de Wim Hof Methode. Zij hebben geen medicijnen en puffers meer nodig en voelen zich door koudetraining mentaal én lichamelijk sterker en energieker dan ooit. Ook veel mensen met hooikoortsklachten die vaak hand in hand gaan met niezen, hoesten en een verstopte neus, hebben baat bij koudetherapie en kunnen door hun dagelijkse ijsbad hun medicijnen aan de kant schuiven.

Koudetherapie thuis

Koudetraining is voor iedereen beschikbaar. Het kost je een eenmalige investering in een bad of tub waar je de koudetraining mee kunt uitvoeren. Bekijk de verschillende CoolCubes hier.



The better – and more environmentally friendly – alternative to Ice?

Khione CoolCube. The better – and more environmentally friendly – alternative to Ice?

I think all cold water enthusiasts agree. The best way to experience your ‘Wim Hof moments’ is in nature, in a river, a lake, or in the sea when it is the just right temperature. Experiencing the effects of cold in a natural setting makes you feel just a bit more connected with mother earth. Unfortunately reality in modern times is that:

  • We do not all live near lakes, rivers, seas or oceans.
  • When we do, they are not always the right temperature.

This leaves us with a number of options:

Using Cold Tap water

The first option is to use tap water. Which -in some cases- can be cold enough to practice cold therapy. Research shows that tap water temperature in Europe ranges on average between 12 Celsius to a max of 25 Celsius. The actual temperature of course depends on the time of year, and the country. This is unfortunate because when most like to take their baths the coldest (in summer) the tap water is the warmest and cooling is still required for effective cold therapy.

Adding Ice

Adding ice to your bath seems like to most obvious and simple solution. And this indeed works very well, bus has some negative considerations too. When ice is created (by cooling water down) more energy has to be spent on cooling as the temperature approaches 0 Celsius. In order to create ice, the ice producer or fridge has to operate in this energy inefficient range. Additionally, ice has to be transported. Be it form the fridge or from a supplier, during transportation the ice is already absorbing heat, heat that cannot be absorbed from your bath or tub. Finally, adding ice does not give you the exact control of water temperature that alternatives do.

Using a Khione CoolCube

The third alternative is to use a purpose made water cooler like the Khione CoolCube. These devices cool the water down gradually without having to necessarily spend too much energy on cooling in the lower temperature ranges. Also the loss of cold experienced during transport is eliminated, increasing the efficiency compared to ice even more. Finally devices such as the CoolCube allow for precise control of the water temperature, allowing you to go a bit further (and colder) each time you take a dip!

Conclusion

Water temperature is key for practicing cold therapy. For some people a short shower under cold tap water is enough, others like to get into the water at lower temperatures and stay there for longer. In these cases additional refrigeration is needed. While adding ice to a bath has been the most common method for doing this, it is not the most efficient or environmentally friendly method. New technologies such as the Khione CoolCube allow for more precise temperature control, less overall energy usage and a lot more convenience.

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History Of Cold Water Theraphy

While Cold Therapy has been gaining a lot of popularity recently its origins way back. Way, way back to ancient times.

The oldest known surgical treatise on trauma, dated 3500 B.C, already made numerous references to the use of cold as therapy to treat inflammation. Since these early days it has become a very modern type of therapy used not only for sports injuries, but also for sports recovery, the treatment of certain nervous system related illnesses, self improvement and even meditative purposes.

Another recorded example of use of cold therapy in ancient times was with the Greeks in 400 BC, when Hippocrates used cold water to treat swelling and pain. After that, in 1050 AD, Anglo-Saxon monks used ice as a local anesthetic.

James Arnott, an English physician discovered in 1845, that applying cold was a very effective treatment for nerve pain and migraines. Fascinated with his discovery he continued his research on other possible therapeutical applications of cold. One finding was that tumors shrank when in cold was applied.

In a 2014 Dutch study by the Radboud Unversity on Hofs method, it was proven that the effects of infections can be reduced by breathing exercises and exposure to cold. Not only by hof himself, but by anyone that uses his method.

In 2018, in the study ‘brain over body’ published in NeuroImage the famous Wim Hof was researched. Researchers found that Hof is able to use his mind to artificially induce a stress response in his body that helps him resist the effects of cold. It was established that Hof can activate an internal painkiller function by conducting breathing exercises, then exposing himself to a threat like extreme, sudden cold.

Today cold therapy is used by millions, It supports athletes in sports recovery, and helps people boost their immune system, and lead a more fulfilled life by being strong, healthy and happy.



What is Cold Therapy

What is Cold Therapy

Also known as cryotherapy, cold therapy is an innovative treatment where the body is exposed to freezing temperatures of up to -140 degrees celsius. It works by reducing blood flow to a particular area of the body by either constricting or closing the blood vessels which ferry blood to that part. This can significantly reduce swelling and inflammation that causes pain.

The use of cold therapy dates back to 2500 BC, but then it was modernized by a doctor in Japan, Dr. Yamaguchi, in 1978. He used the treatment to treat patients who have rheumatoid arthritis. Over the last decade, cold therapy has gained popularity among people as they believe it offers a wide range of benefits that include

  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Boost for the immune system
  • Boost blood circulation.
  • Numbs nerve irritation.
  • Reduces arthritic pain.
  • Relieves pain and heals muscles.
  • Weight loss.
  • Rheumatic diseases.

Why is cold therapy so effective

Unlike other therapies like heat therapy, cold therapy has been proven to be effective by doctors as it provides for a fast recovery from pain and inflammation of muscles. Also, athletes are adopting cold therapy because it promotes faster healing of their injuries. It is also applied in the health sector as a natural way to relieve pain among patients who have arthritis.

Boost for the immune system

Cold therapy initiates the release of endorphins, which reduces the cortisol level in the body; this brings about low stress levels and a good mood associated with better immunity.

Also, during cold therapy, blood circulation is elevated, and blood rich in oxygen is conveyed from the surface to the core parts of the body. This helps remove toxins from the body and transport them to the liver, where they are eliminated.

Cold therapy increases the number of white blood cells while elevating the levels of anti-inflammatory cells. This white blood cells are responsible for increasing the body’s immunity and preventing diseases.



About The CoolCube™ C2

About the CoolCube C2

The CoolCube C2 is a high-capacity water chiller which is powerful enough to cool larger pools. It is able to cool a 1000 liter pool within 3-4 hours to near zero degrees. The working temperature of the machine is 0-35 degrees Celsius and can cool pools of up to 1500 liters quickly. The CoolCube 1500 is made of high-quality Components and has a general life expectancy of 8+ years (assuming daily use).

You can simply use your own pool or tub, connect your CoolCube and the water will be cold enough to practice Cold Therapy or improve recovery from hard workouts. Your CoolCube will be delivered with all components needed to start practicing right away.

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