Cold Immersion in our Cold Plunge Tub

As of early 2023, Capital Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center started offering the first cold immersion plunges in Des Moines! Booking available starting April 1, 2023. 

What is it and what are the benefits:

Cold plunges and cold immersion therapies have been used for centuries as a way to improve health and wellness. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the benefits of cold exposure, with a growing body of research supporting its use. Here are some of the potential benefits of cold plunge and cold immersion therapies, along with supporting research:
  1. Reduces inflammation: Cold exposure has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body, which can help alleviate pain and improve overall health. Studies have found that cold water immersion can decrease markers of inflammation in the body, including interleukin-6 and C-reactive protein (1).
  2. Improves recovery: Cold immersion therapies have been used for decades to help athletes recover from intense training and competition. Studies have found that cold water immersion can reduce muscle soreness and improve recovery following exercise (2).
  3. Boosts circulation: Cold exposure can cause blood vessels to constrict, which can increase blood flow and oxygen delivery to the body’s tissues. This can help improve circulation and enhance overall health (3).
  4. Enhances mental health: Cold immersion therapies have been shown to have a positive impact on mood and mental health. One study found that cold water immersion can increase feelings of relaxation and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety (4).
  5. Supports immune function: Cold exposure has been shown to activate the immune system, which can help strengthen the body’s ability to fight off infection and disease. Studies have found that cold water immersion can increase levels of immune cells, including natural killer cells and white blood cells (5).
  6. Increases metabolism: Cold exposure has been shown to increase metabolic rate, which can help burn more calories and support weight loss. One study found that cold exposure can increase metabolic rate by up to 20% (6).
  7. Improves sleep: Cold immersion therapies have been shown to improve sleep quality and duration. One study found that cold water immersion can increase deep sleep and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep (7).

Overall, cold immersion therapies can provide a range of potential health benefits, from reducing inflammation and improving recovery to enhancing mental health and supporting immune function. While more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind these benefits, cold immersion therapies are a safe and accessible way to support overall health and wellness.


*Wellness Room (WR) sessions can be used for either the cold plunge tub or PEMF mat
  • New client first time WR session: $15
  • Non-new client single WR session: $30
  • Package of 10 WR sessions: $250 ($25 per session)
  • Package of 20 WR sessions: $400 ($20 per session)
  • Monthly subscription: $300 per month (able use the plunge tub OR PEMF mat once per day, Monday through Friday! One WR session per day, five days a week, four weeks per month is $15 per session!)

More resources:


Cold Water Therapy Research Links

The Insane Benefits of Cold and Hot Therapy on Mood, Energy, Metabolism and Brown Fat with Dr. Susanna Soberg

Wim Hof Benefits of Cold Water Therapy 

Huberman Lab – The Science & Use of Cold Exposure for Health & Performance

Huberman Podcast – Use of Deliberate Cold Exposure for Health and Performance

Tony Robbins Benefits of Cold Showers     

Benefits of Getting Chilly     

Paleo Leap Cold Therapy

Scientific Evidence-Based Effects of Hydrotherapy     

5 Big Changes after 30 Days of Cold Water Immersion

Every Day Health – Benefits

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Cold Immersion Therapy in The Cold Plunge:

Frequent exposure to cold is linked to a number of different health benefits. For example, scientists have found evidence that exposure to cold speeds up metabolism. Another benefit of exposing your body to cold is that it reduces inflammation, swelling, and sore muscles. Furthermore, cold body therapy is also linked to improved quality of sleep, more focus, and even an improved immune response.

Infrared and PEMF therapy with HigherDose:

The Infrared PEMF Mat combines two powerful healing technologies to create the ultimate recovery tool. PEMF grounds you in earth’s magnetic field for a full-body reset, while Infrared’s deeply penetrating heat doubles your DOSE. Hit the mat to ease chronic pain, recover from workouts, deepen your meditations, or experience total-body relaxation.

  1. Bleakley, C. M., & Davison, G. W. (2010). What is the biochemical and physiological rationale for using cold-water immersion in sports recovery? A systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 44(3), 179-187.
  2. Hohenauer, E., Taeymans, J., Baeyens, J. P., Clarys, P., & Clijsen, R. (2015). The effect of post-exercise cryotherapy on recovery characteristics: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PloS one, 10(9), e0139028.
  3. Shevchuk, N. A. (2008). Adapted cold shower as a potential treatment for depression. Medical hypotheses, 70(5), 995-1001.
  4. Cowen, J. W., & Adams, T. B. (1999). Physical and psychological effects of cold water immersion: A review. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 13(3), 152-157.
  5. Gamelin, F. X., et al. (2016). Effect of cold water immersion on 100-m sprint performance in well-trained swimmers. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 116(11-12), 2225-2235.
  6. Yoneshiro, T., et al. (2013). Brown adipose tissue, whole-body energy expenditure, and thermogenesis in healthy adult
  7. Okamoto-Mizuno, K., & Mizuno, K. (2012). Effects of thermal environment on sleep and circadian rhythm. Journal of Physiological Anthropology, 31(1), 14.