Family Health: What is the Cold Sock Treatment?


What is a cold sock treatment (sometimes referred to as a Wet Sock Treatment)? We thought you might be wondering after reading Dr. Sarah Chajka’s Ear Infections in Kids, and How Chiropractors Can Help , so we asked her to explain how this treatment, commonly used by Naturopathic doctors, works:

By Dr. Sarah Chajka, Pediatric Chiropractor

This treatment acts to reflexively increase the circulation and decrease congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head, and throat. It has a sedating action and many patients report that they sleep much better during the treatment. This treatment is also effective for pain relief and increases the healing response during acute infections.

How to do it:

  • Take a pair of cotton socks and soak them completely with cold water. Be sure to wring the socks out thoroughly so they do not drip.
  • Warm your feet first. This is very important as the treatment will not be as effective and could be harmful if your feet are not warmed first. Soaking your feet in warm water for at least 5-10 minutes or taking a warm bath for 5-10 minutes can accomplish warming.
  • Dry off feet and body with a dry towel.
  • Place cold wet socks on feet. Cover with thick wool socks. Go directly to bed. Avoid getting chilled.
  • Keep the socks on overnight. You will find that the wet cotton socks will be dry in the morning.

 Mums ‘n Chums wants to know! Many people who have never tried this method are skeptical. Have you ever tried this method before? What was your reaction, and what was the outcome? Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Special thanks to Dr. Chajka for taking the time to write a second article for us this month, just to satisfy our curiosity!

Dr. Sarah ChajkaDr. Sarah Chajka believes that Chiropractic care is beneficial to all. Her upbringing in an active family and years of discipline through sport and dance have reinforced this as well as witnessing the transforming effect of chiropractic treatment on all ages. While working at the Health Centre of Milton she has further developed her interest in preventative health and healing and has taken extra courses in order to give specialized attention to pregnancy and paediatrics. For more information visit the clinic website at

Dr. Sarah Chajka, BKinHons, DC, Webster Certified
420 Main St E. Unit 102 &103
Milton Ontario
L9T 1P9

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Dr. Sarah Chajka, HBkin, DC, Webster Certified I’m a doctor, a wife and best of all a proud mama. I went to school for 8 long years to become a chiropractor and help others. I did so to allow the flexibility to raise a family and have a career where I could teach and be of service. I’ve provided special attention in my professional career to helping mamas through pregnancy and helping their babes get off to the best start! I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to work with new moms through one of the most incredibly demanding, exciting and rewarding times of their life. I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with you and invite you to visit my clinic website at for more information. Health Centre of Milton 420 Main St E. Unit 102 &103 Milton Ontario, L9T 1P9 905-878-8131

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