What is hydrotherapy?

1 Hydrotherapy is a form of natural therapy, which works by stimulating the endorphins, which in turn, helps you to control pain and alleviate tension. The hydrotherapy bath works by releasing millions of large air bubbles, which relaxes your muscular tension and helps to reduce swollen joints giving you increased mobility and more importantly lessens your pain. The hydrotherapy bath also releases very fine bubbles which has a soothing tranquil effect on your body that helps relieve your stress and tension.

The benefits of hydrotherapy include::

  • Improved circulation: By increasing blood flow and lymphatic drainage, increased circulation also helps to clear the body of toxins.
  • Stronger Immune System: Detoxing regularly, leads to a stronger immune system, which can cope with controlling viruses, bacteria and infections. A strong immune system when working efficiently, helps you overcome minor infections ranging from the common cold right up to acute and chronic diseases.
  • Stress reduction: Hydrotherapy can provide you with the vital key to breaking the stress cycle of everyday modern life. In today’s busy world, you can be prone to stress related illnesses, which can cause a wide range of physical and psychological problems. For example, high blood pressure, headaches, digestive complaints, insomnia, depression and anxiety attacks.
  • Complexion: The hydrotherapy bath may help to regulate your body’s temperature control by improving the efficiency of your perspiration glands. This releases the toxins from your body and leaves you with a healthy glowing complexion. The oxygen flow is increased by the effect of the millions of bubbles and this activity can also help reduce fluid retention and even have an effect on other ailments such as cellulite.

Water has always been used to help people feel better, and that’s no different today. In fact, hydrotherapy is an increasingly popular form of symptom relief for lots of conditions and issues.

What does hydrotherapy treat?

People with several conditions can benefit from using water in different forms and at different temperatures to feel better. Hydrotherapy can provide symptomatic relief to people with the following conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Cerebral palsy

It’s important to remember that hydrotherapy doesn’t cure any of these conditions. It shouldn’t take the place of any treatments or medications your healthcare provider prescribes you. In most cases, hydrotherapy helps people feel better by temporarily relieving pain, stiffness and swelling.

It’s never a bad thing to find a safe way to feel better, but you shouldn’t expect hydrotherapy to cure any condition — especially more serious chronic diseases.

What happens during hydrotherapy?

What happens during hydrotherapy depends on which form you receive. It can be as simple as bath or shower at home. Most hydrotherapy techniques have both at-home versions and more specialized applications done at dedicated clinics. Some of the most common forms of hydrotherapy include:

  • Baths: Soaking in hot or cold water.
  • Pressurized jets: Applying pressurized water to your body.
  • Temperature regulation: Applying ice packs, cyro (dry ice) packs or heat (in a sauna, for example) to different parts of your body.

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