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International Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2019, Volume : 7, Issue : 3
First page : ( 415) Last page : ( 417)
Print ISSN : 2347-8640. Online ISSN : 2454-2660.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2454-2660.2019.00094.2

Contrast Bath

Mrs. Tom Emiliya K.1,*, Mr. Joseph Vineeth2

12nd Year M. Sc. Nursing Student, St. Thomas College of Nursing, Kerala University of Health Science, Kurishumoodu P.O, Chethipuzha, Changanacherry-686104

2Asst. Professor, St. Thomas College of Nursing, Kerala University of Health Science, Kurishumoodu P.O, Chethipuzha, Changanacherry-686104

*Corresponding Author E-mail: tomemiliya86@gmal.com

Online published on 6 February, 2020.

Abstract

Contrast bath is a form of hydrotherapy which is used to decrease pain, inflammation, swelling and restoring power. A contrast bath includes alternate immersion of extremities in hot and cold water. There is prescription of temperature which help in pumping action which promotes the circulation of blood in the extremities. The therapy includes five cycles of change of extremities between hot and cold water for a duration of twenty minutes. This therapy can be benefited to acute injury to limbs or joints, upper and lower extremity fracture, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic neuropathy etc.

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Keywords

Contrast bath, immersion, pumping action, hot water, cold water.

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