The health benefits of the cold therapy have long been touted by mankind,
including Hippocrates claiming it cured lethargy and Thomas Jefferson bathing his feet in cold water every morning for decades to maintain good health . This view is still prevalent in modern times, including cold morning showers, swimming in the open water, ice baths in athletic training rooms and cold mineral water spa treatments.
But are these claims supported by science? Is cold therapy just good for sprained ankles, or might it be able to impact aging itself?