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May 14, 2022 at 12:22 am #3622Kanyinsola Arojojoye
Hydrotherapy is a form of physical medicine using the therapeutic application of water in a variety of ways, both internally and externally, on the body. Topical applications of cold or hot water packs, compresses, baths, pools, steams, sweats, showers, enemas, and colonics are all forms of hydrotherapy. Profound, multisystem physiological effects result from the thermodynamic property of water and its effects on an organism’s circulation and capability to remove waste and eliminate. Hydrotherapy techniques applied to a patient are a form of stress to the cells that influences their metabolic function, regulates their environment, and provides an opportunity for the body’s natural healing processes to take place.
Hydrotherapy has been used by human civilizations for thousands of years and has grown to have literature demonstrating scientific evidence-based applications and uses worldwide today.
Definition: Hydrotherapy, formerly called hydropathy and also called water cure, is a branch of alternative medicine, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy, that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment.
Types of hydrotherapy:
Whether it’s using a cold compress on a sprained ankle or taking part in a group water aerobics class, there are many different forms of hydrotherapy. Here are a few of the most common:
- Aquatic exercise: Water aerobics, lap swimming and group exercise classes all fall under aquatic exercise.
- Warm water baths: Taking a warm water bath can increase blood flow and it can also reduce pain and inflammation.
- Sit bath: A good option for those dealing with hemorrhoids, an anal fissure or healing from an episiotomy, sitting in warm water for about 15 minutes can relieve pain.
- Saunas: In a small room with wood interiors, water is typically poured onto heated stones or used in other ways to create steam. A recent study shows that using a sauna can help relax individuals, improve mental health and sleep.
- Immersion therapies: A recent study shows that cold water immersion like an ice water bath and contrast water therapy (a series of brief immersions in warm and cold temperatures) can improve the short-term feeling of relaxation in athletes, which can after their performance and well-being.
Benefit of Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy may offer a range of benefits, including:
- Reduced pain
- Faster recovery from surgery
- Re-education and encouragement of normal movement
- Allows standing in those who are unable to weight-bear out of the water – the buoyancy effect of water
- Improved walking technique
- Improved aerobic fitness levels
- Improved balance and coordination
- Increased strength of weak muscles
- Increased range of movement of your joints
- Improved independence and function
- Improved circulation
- Mobilising and lengthening your muscles
- Improve self-confidence
- Reduce the fear of falling
- A relaxing and calming experience
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