Yes, and it also speeds up physical rehabilitation.
There are several testimonies of the benefits of swimming in cold water collected in a study published in the British Medical Journal, but the most interesting are two: the first concerns the story of a twenty-four years old girl with depressive disorders and anxiety attacks for 17 years, Sarah, that no drug has managed to heal. The second testimony concerns Mrs. Barnes, a 56-year-old who remained limited in the movements of her legs after a bad accident on a road bike and multiple treatments and rehabilitation cycles. Both tell how the encounter with ice water was providential for them.
Sarah, tired of psychotropic drugs, started a weekly outdoor water swimming program. And the results were not long in coming: the researchers immediately recorded an improvement in mood after each swim and a prolonged and gradual reduction of the symptoms of depression, with a consequent reduction in the use of drugs, until a total cessation at one year later.
Mrs. Barnes, on the other hand, found herself bathing in a lake with very cold water almost by accident, because she had to keep a promise made to a dear friend. But in the water, after the first shocking impact with the cold, she discovered a regenerating effect on her legs, numb with pain, allowing her to move more easily than usual after a long time.
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