Using water to treat certain diseases is not a new approach but an age-old practice. It is gradually surfacing to become a part of the mainstream ways of treatment methods.
What is Hydrotherapy?
Formerly referred to as hydropathy, Hydrotherapy is considered to be a part of medicine while following particular naturopathy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment.
Hydrotherapy as a term incorporates a broad range of approaches and therapeutic methods that take advantage of the physical properties of water, such as temperature and pressure, for therapeutic purposes, to stimulate blood circulation and treat the symptoms of certain diseases.
Various Methods of Hydrotherapy Treatment
There are several method of using hydrotherapy currently, like for instance, water jets, underwater massage and mineral baths and/or whirlpool bath, hot Roman bath, hot tub, Jacuzzi, cold plunge and mineral bath.
Why Water is used in Hydrotherapy?
The theory behind using water in hydrotherapy is because it has many natural properties that give it the ability to heal. Here are few of the things that water can do:
-Water stores and carries heat and energy.
-Water dissolves other substances, such as minerals and salts.
-Water is safe
-Water can improve blood flow.
-Water has a soothing, calming, and relaxing effect on people
What Can Be Treated By Hydrotherapy?
People use hydrotherapy to treat many sicknesses and conditions. These include acne, arthritis, colds, depression, headaches, stomach problems, joint pain, muscle problem, and nerve problems, sleep disorders, and stress. People also use it for relaxation and to maintain health.
Moreover, hydrotherapy is beneficial regardless of how many of your joints are affected. It’s sometimes used if you’ve had joint replacement surgery or if you have back pain, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Other Benefits of Hydrotherapy
1- The warmth of the water allows your muscles to relax and eases the pain in your joints, helping you to exercise.
2- The water supports your weight, which helps to relieve pain and increase the range of movement of your joints.
3- The water can be used to provide resistance to moving your joints. By pushing your arms and legs against the water, you can also improve your muscle strength.
Is Hydrotherapy Effective?
Apart from curing and improving certain health conditions, scientific studies have also unearthed certain other benefits of hydrotherapy. They show that hydrotherapy can improve strength and general fitness in people with various types of arthritis. However, the exercises that are taught to the patient can vary from one to another depending on the nature of the sickness.
Is Hydrotherapy Safe?
Hydrotherapy is the safest of all the therapies. However, depending on the length of the therapy sessions, hydrotherapy may cause some people headaches, aches and pains, sleep problems, nausea, chilliness, and faintness.