Hydrotherapy

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Warm Water Therapy

Warm water therapy is used to:

  • Expand blood vessels
  • Increase circulation
  • Relax muscles
  • Reduce pain
  • Provide stress relief and relaxation
  • Reduce discomfort from colds and sore throats
  • Warm/moisten the breathing passages
  • Flush toxins
  • Help nervous disorders

Types of warm water hydrotherapy include:

  • Hot Shower or Bath
  • Epsom Salt Bath
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • Steam Inhalation
  • Water Jet Massage
  • Warm Compress/Heat Pack
  • Humidifier
  • Aromatherapy

Cold Water Therapy

Cold water hydrotherapy may include:

  • Ice Packs
  • Cold Punge Pools
  • Snow Rooms
  • Artificial Ice
  • Sitz Baths
  • Cold Mitten Friction Rub

Cold water therapy can be used to:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Constrict blood vessels to reduce swelling
  • Activate the body’s circulation
  • Help with sprains and headaches
  • Aid during/post dental surgery

Effects and Benefits of Hydrotherapy

Many modern spas now offer hydrotherapy, which is also effective in:

  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Performing exercises in the water, with less strain on the joints
  • Resistance training/muscle strength building
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Increasing metabolic rate
  • Aiding digestion
  • Decreasing headaches
  • Improving skin and muscle tone
  • Stimulating the mind
  • Assisting detoxification/waste elimination

Conditions Treated with Hydrotherapy

Additional conditions treated by hydrotherapy include:

  • Pain relief
  • Back pain
  • Sore muscles
  • Muscle/joint problems
  • Poor circulation
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Common cold
  • Sleep disorders
  • Headaches
  • Rheumatism

What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy refers to the use of water for medical treatment, healing, pain and discomfort relief, and the promotion of physical well-being. Dating back to ancient Greek and Rome, the use of water for therapy has a long tradition, drawing upon the healing properties of water and the body’s reaction to heat and cold.¬† In hydrotherapy, water can take the form of steam, liquid, or ice which is applied internally or externally. Cold water, which naturally stimulates and invigorates, is used to increase the body’s internal activity, while warm water, with its calming and soothing effect, slows these processes down. Alternating between cold and hot water treatments, also known as hydrothermal therapy, is effective to reduce inflammation, enhance certain body functions, and heal injury.

Warm Water Therapy

Warm water therapy is used to:

  • Expand blood vessels
  • Increase circulation
  • Relax muscles
  • Reduce pain
  • Provide stress relief and relaxation
  • Reduce discomfort from colds and sore throats
  • Warm/moisten the breathing passages
  • Flush toxins
  • Help nervous disorders

Types of warm water hydrotherapy include:

  • Hot Shower or Bath
  • Epsom Salt Bath
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • Steam Inhalation
  • Water Jet Massage
  • Warm Compress/Heat Pack
  • Humidifier
  • Aromatherapy

Cold Water Therapy

Cold water hydrotherapy may include:

  • Ice Packs
  • Cold Punge Pools
  • Snow Rooms
  • Artificial Ice
  • Sitz Baths
  • Cold Mitten Friction Rub

Cold water therapy can be used to:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Constrict blood vessels to reduce swelling
  • Activate the body’s circulation
  • Help with sprains and headaches
  • Aid during/post dental surgery

Effects and Benefits of Hydrotherapy

Many modern spas now offer hydrotherapy, which is also effective in:

  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Performing exercises in the water, with less strain on the joints
  • Resistance training/muscle strength building
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Increasing metabolic rate
  • Aiding digestion
  • Decreasing headaches
  • Improving skin and muscle tone
  • Stimulating the mind
  • Assisting detoxification/waste elimination

Conditions Treated with Hydrotherapy

Additional conditions treated by hydrotherapy include:

  • Pain relief
  • Back pain
  • Sore muscles
  • Muscle/joint problems
  • Poor circulation
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Common cold
  • Sleep disorders
  • Headaches
  • Rheumatism

Hydrotherapy for Special Needs

Water has been shown to be a significant tool in the treatment of children with special needs and people with spinal injuries. Benefits of hydrotherapy for special needs include:

  • Sensory stimulation
  • Motor stimulation
  • Increased range of motion/flexibility
  • Social skill development
  • Learning to know and trust one’s body

 Hydrotherapy for Special Needs

Water has been shown to be a significant tool in the treatment of children with special needs and people with spinal injuries. Benefits of hydrotherapy for special needs include:

  • Sensory stimulation
  • Motor stimulation
  • Increased range of motion/flexibility
  • Social skill development
  • Learning to know and trust one’s body