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Contrast Bathing

Posted by IanJ on 1/06/03 at 00:56 (104933)

My PT has recommended contrast bathing and it sure seems nice. I think it's helping. Here's how:

Two basins of water, one lukewarm, one icecold. I bought some rubbermaid containers from Target.

The lukewarm water should not be hotter than 95 degrees F. For the icecold water I use a tray of icecubes and fill the basin with cold water.

It's 3 minutes warm, 1 minute cold, 4x for a total of 16 minutes, finishing with cold. I try to do it everynight, 2x on weekend days.

Enjoy.

Re: Contrast Bathing

Mar on 1/06/03 at 08:21 (104940)

Dr Z had recommended something similar when my feet were burning and it really helped. In just a few days the burning was gone. What are you using these contrast baths for?? Pain?? That would be worth a try. Mar

Re: Contrast Bathing

IanJ on 1/06/03 at 08:49 (104945)

I'm using it for pain/inflammation reduction.

Re: Contrast Bathing

Marty on 1/06/03 at 15:54 (104969)

Do you have PF or TTS?

Re: Contrast Bathing

Mar on 1/06/03 at 17:24 (104970)

I have PF -- how about you, Ian? Mar

Re: Contrast Bathing

carmen on 1/06/03 at 17:39 (104973)

Didn't do didilly for me last year.
poo.
I hope more people have better luck than me.

Re: Contrast Bathing

IanJ on 1/06/03 at 17:41 (104975)

I have PF but in my arches, not my heels. I guess most PF sufferers (80%) have it in their heels.

Here's site that also describes contrast bathing:
http://www.hws.wsu.edu/brochures/ice.htm

Re: Contrast Bathing

monte on 1/06/03 at 20:37 (104983)

hi...i have it in the arches too....i also have some insertional point pain that ESWT has been helping with...are you getting better? how long?

Re: Contrast Bathing

IanJ on 1/06/03 at 22:37 (104998)

I feel like my right foot is getting better but my left foot is worse, possibly from the PT doing too deep a massage.

Re: Contrast Bathing

Monte on 1/07/03 at 10:03 (105017)

hi..can you send me your email?

we can compare stories...

do you feel that you will beat this?

Re: Contrast Bathing

john h on 1/07/03 at 10:16 (105018)

Ian I think the classic place for PF is not the heel but just forward of the heel where the fascia connects to heel on the inside porton of your foot (insertional PF).

Re: Contrast Bathing

IanJ on 1/07/03 at 12:23 (105023)

I'm not interested in posting my email address on this board (email scrapers you know). But if you can think of another way..

Re: Contrast Bathing

Monte on 1/07/03 at 12:30 (105024)

you can contact me at john.mon taperto @ aig.com (no spaces) theni will write back

Re: Contrast Bathing

IanJ on 1/07/03 at 13:39 (105028)

Ya I guess so. I was just looking at the picture on the main site and it's pretty far back from where I feel my pain.

Re: Contrast Bathing

Kathy G on 1/10/03 at 10:23 (105203)

Ian,

Yes, you really have to watch out for those over-zealous Physical Therapists! I had no heel pain, just arch pain, until I went for PT. And the deep massage just made my feet worse. I finally quit going but I was left with both the arch pain and the heel pain!

Re: Contrast Bathing

john h on 1/13/03 at 09:09 (105347)

Kathy a few years ago I had a terrible experience with a reflexologist. I went to her with a pain level of 2 and left with a pain level of 6. Her method was to create as much pain as possible and she had me hold up my fingers to indicate the amount of pain level. She got it up there to 9 and said ww were really making progress. I now think she just like torturing men. No more of that deal. I also had a Ortopedic surgeon tell me you could do some serious damage with over aggressive physical thearapy if you have TTS

Re: Contrast Bathing

Mar on 1/06/03 at 08:21 (104940)

Dr Z had recommended something similar when my feet were burning and it really helped. In just a few days the burning was gone. What are you using these contrast baths for?? Pain?? That would be worth a try. Mar

Re: Contrast Bathing

IanJ on 1/06/03 at 08:49 (104945)

I'm using it for pain/inflammation reduction.

Re: Contrast Bathing

Marty on 1/06/03 at 15:54 (104969)

Do you have PF or TTS?

Re: Contrast Bathing

Mar on 1/06/03 at 17:24 (104970)

I have PF -- how about you, Ian? Mar

Re: Contrast Bathing

carmen on 1/06/03 at 17:39 (104973)

Didn't do didilly for me last year.
poo.
I hope more people have better luck than me.

Re: Contrast Bathing

IanJ on 1/06/03 at 17:41 (104975)

I have PF but in my arches, not my heels. I guess most PF sufferers (80%) have it in their heels.

Here's site that also describes contrast bathing:
http://www.hws.wsu.edu/brochures/ice.htm

Re: Contrast Bathing

monte on 1/06/03 at 20:37 (104983)

hi...i have it in the arches too....i also have some insertional point pain that ESWT has been helping with...are you getting better? how long?

Re: Contrast Bathing

IanJ on 1/06/03 at 22:37 (104998)

I feel like my right foot is getting better but my left foot is worse, possibly from the PT doing too deep a massage.

Re: Contrast Bathing

Monte on 1/07/03 at 10:03 (105017)

hi..can you send me your email?

we can compare stories...

do you feel that you will beat this?

Re: Contrast Bathing

john h on 1/07/03 at 10:16 (105018)

Ian I think the classic place for PF is not the heel but just forward of the heel where the fascia connects to heel on the inside porton of your foot (insertional PF).

Re: Contrast Bathing

IanJ on 1/07/03 at 12:23 (105023)

I'm not interested in posting my email address on this board (email scrapers you know). But if you can think of another way..

Re: Contrast Bathing

Monte on 1/07/03 at 12:30 (105024)

you can contact me at john.mon taperto @ aig.com (no spaces) theni will write back

Re: Contrast Bathing

IanJ on 1/07/03 at 13:39 (105028)

Ya I guess so. I was just looking at the picture on the main site and it's pretty far back from where I feel my pain.

Re: Contrast Bathing

Kathy G on 1/10/03 at 10:23 (105203)

Ian,

Yes, you really have to watch out for those over-zealous Physical Therapists! I had no heel pain, just arch pain, until I went for PT. And the deep massage just made my feet worse. I finally quit going but I was left with both the arch pain and the heel pain!

Re: Contrast Bathing

john h on 1/13/03 at 09:09 (105347)

Kathy a few years ago I had a terrible experience with a reflexologist. I went to her with a pain level of 2 and left with a pain level of 6. Her method was to create as much pain as possible and she had me hold up my fingers to indicate the amount of pain level. She got it up there to 9 and said ww were really making progress. I now think she just like torturing men. No more of that deal. I also had a Ortopedic surgeon tell me you could do some serious damage with over aggressive physical thearapy if you have TTS