Medical truth behind so-called "fire and ice" therapy

[KARE11, February 28, 2023] So-called “fire and ice” therapy has gained popularity in Minnesota with events and groups designed around the activity. For those not familiar with it, you first get a sweat going in the sauna and then you plunge into an ice bath – sometimes even a frozen lake.

Many of those taking part tout its physical and mental health benefits. KARE 11 looked into the therapy and spoke with Asma Siddiqi, MD, an integrative medicine physician with Allina Health’s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.

Dr. Siddiqi says most research on this topic is based on anecdotal practices, small studies and studies that did not account for correlation. 

Dr. Siddiqi does say the social component of this activity has mental health benefits and there are benefits attributed to icing and sauna. 

If you’re curious about trying out this “fire and ice” therapy, it’s always best to talk to your doctor.  

Posted on March 01, 2023 in Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

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