What Is Hydrotherapy?

What Is Hydrotherapy?

What Is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is the use of water for its therapeutic effects. It has been used for centuries to help people feel better, relieve pain, reduce stress and alleviate symptoms associated with aging. It can be used to help treat medical conditions, rejuvenate overworked muscles and pain relief associated with various ailments.

In this article, we will look at the ways healing benefits of hydrotherapy. And the effectiveness of spa hydrotherapy.

Remember to always consult a medical professional prior to undertaking therapy of any kind.

Hydrotherapy Benefits

Hydrotherapy is suitable for healthy people and those with chronic conditions. Waters' unique ability to reduce the effects of gravity can assist manage many musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. And the combination of water and temperature can contribute to building strength, improving the range of movement and function, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and much more.

Here is a list of just some of the benefits of hydrotherapy:

  • increased fitness and endurance
  • pain reduction
  • improved circulation and metabolism
  • pain reduction
  • flexibility and movement
  • improved mental health
  • reduction in arthritis symptoms
  • deep relaxation
  • workout recovery
  • muscle pain relief
  • lowering blood pressure
  • increased feelings of well being
  • joint replacements and recovery from surgery
  • managing neurological conditions, MS and stroke
  • improving digestion

How Hydrotherapy Can Help

The mechanical and thermal effects of Hydrotherapy utilise the body’s reaction to cold and hot stimuli. Hydrotherapy stimulates the immune system triggering the release of stress hormones, while simultaneously improving digestion, circulation and blood flow.

Hydrotherapy for Treating Medical Conditions

Hydrotherapy is commonly used to treat various health conditions without side effects.

One of the stand out health benefits of Hydrotherapy, particularly spa hydrotherapy, is it may actually lower the blood sugar level of people suffering from type 2 diabetes. How? The research suggests the benefit comes from spas' ability to raise your heart rate and contribute to lowering your blood pressure.

Hydrotherapy for Treating Aches and Pains

Spas provide an excellent form of hydrotherapy. They help unwind and relax aches and pains via the jet's therapeutic massaging.

Spas are the perfect place to relax in hot water, as spending time in a spa is the ultimate way to decompress and relieve aches and pains.

Hydrotherapy for Low Impact Exercise and Treating Injuries

Hydrotherapy provides an excellent method of low impact aquatic exercise. Activities performed in water do not place too much stress on their joints which enables workouts while avoiding inducing additional strain and pain. This makes spa Hydrotherapy suitable for older people and those suffering from arthritis or fibromyalgia.

Hydrotherapy for Relaxation

Warm water immersion places your body into a deeply relaxed state, which is actually a naturally occurring state. When we are deeply relaxed the body’s natural relaxation response is to slow the breathing and heart rate, lower blood pressure, and bring your body and mind back into balance.

Our nervous system reacts to warm water the same way it reacts to meditation or other relaxed states. Deep relaxation helps prevent or reduce the damaging effects of stress and stress-related symptoms include fatigue, burnout syndrome, and gastric complaints.

The warm water immersion from Spas has been proven to trigger the restorative power of deep relaxation. Relaxation clears away and unblocks, and decongests our bodies and mind.

The antidote for stress is deep relaxation.

Hydrotherapy Considerations

Under certain circumstances it is advisable to avoid hydrotherapy. In particular if you have any of the following:

  • a chlorine allergy
  • a chest infection
  • low or high blood pressure
  • raised temperature
  • a virus
  • breahting difficulties
  • heart conditions

Summary and Conclusion

Hydrotherapy is an excellent form of therapy. From relaxation and stress release to lowering blood pressure and alleviating painful symptoms. It's important however consult with a doctor to determine the most suitable therapy for your body.

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