Participation in cold water therapy is on the rise and is fast becoming increasingly common amongst the general public, no longer just in the realm of health and gym experts. However, most people lead busy lives and don’t have time to find open water to swim in each morning, meaning our showers are now increasingly the tools with which we experience cold water therapy. This can be problematic when dealing with conventional showers with very rudimentary temperate control as if the water is either too hot or too cold you can risk missing out on the benefits of the cold water therapy. Studies have shown that the optimum temperature for extracting the maximum benefits from cold water therapy is 20 degrees celsius (or 68 Fahrenheit).
This is where smart showers can come in that can perfectly provide the optimum temperature and also can be set to intervals that health experts recommend is ideal for smart showering. For example, instead of just simply having a 5-10 minute shower that is cold you could also program a smart shower to start off warm, give you a few minutes long blast of cold water, and then return to warm again. There are numerous health benefits to cold water therapy with scientists proving the practice is linked to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and reduced muscle pain and inflammation associated with exercise. Furthermore, studies have shown that in some instances long-term commitment to cold water therapy can actually help mental illnesses such as depression. However, health experts have also warned that people should be cautious when dealing with cold water therapy as the short-term ‘shocking’ effects of the practice can potentially cause arrhythmias of the heart and hypothermia. This is why it is extremely important to practice cold water therapy in safe conditions which are where smart showers come in, ensuring temperatures are exact and not dangerously low.