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What is Hydrotherapy ?

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What is Hydrotherapy ?  back to top

Hydrotherapy is a general term for a group of alternative treatments that use water for the relief of various diseases or injuries, or for cleansing the digestive tract. The use of hydrotherapy has a long history as a form of medical treatment. For example, in classical times the Romans and Greeks found sources of water that were considered to have healing properties

Hydrotherapy is used to treat a wide range of conditions, often in conjunction with conventional medical treatment.


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External hydrotherapy

External hydrotherapy involves the immersion of the body in water or the application of water or ice to the body.

Think of a relaxing bath or shower even today one in a whirlpool, or hot tub. These are some of the home hydrotherapy treatments we give ourselves. Home treatments are the most popular, useful and oldest form of hydrotherapy. Most of us have these skills ourselves along with the wonderful products for our home baths available today. Hydrotherapy is used for everything from arthritis to stress reduction.


Reaching back in history, many of our ancestors used hydrotherapy techniques. Hydrotherapy, the refreshing use of water in any of its three forms solid, liquid or gas is used by children and adults as the experience a plunge or swim in cold water on a hot day. Prenatally, we were all fed and nourished in a sac of water in our mother’s uterus…known as amniotic fluid. The ancient Romans built and used public bath houses for therapeutic purposes.


These treatments are based on the different effects of hot or cold water on the skin and underlying tissues. Hot water (around 100°F/37.8°C) relaxes muscles and causes sweating. It is used to treat arthritis, rheumatism, poor circulation, and sore muscles. Hot water hydrotherapy can be used in combination with aromatherapy by adding scented oils to the water. Cold water (60°F/15.6°C) treatments are used to stimulate blood flow in the skin and underlying muscles.


Temperature-based treatments include the application of moist heat or cold to specific parts of the body. The application of moist heat is called fomentation, and is used for chest colds, influenza, or arthritis. Cold compresses or ice packs are used in the treatment of sprains, headaches, or dental surgery. Body packs, which consist of wet cloth wrapped around the patient, are sometimes used to calm psychiatric patients and for detoxification.

A sitz bath is a form of treatment in which the patient sits in a specially constructed tub that allows the lower abdomen to be submerged in water of a different temperature from the water around the feet. Sitz baths are recommended for hemorrhoids, prostate swelling, menstrual cramps, and other genitourinary disorders.


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This is basically a relaxing soak in a therapeutic jacuzzi (usually hot) that opens up the pores and allows you to sweat out toxins, as well as promoting psychological and muscular relaxation. Most have pulsating water and air jets that massage you all over - often computerized so you can select different massage patterns. Often the therapist adds various medicinal elements to the water such as salts, essential oils, milk or seaweed preparations.

Inhalation Therapy
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Inhalation therapy is when saunas or steam rooms are scented with essential oils or herbs. For the nasal passage clearing eucalyptus is the most common additive, but lemongrass, lavender and other herbs have also become popular, as has sea salt.

Vichy Shower
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Originating in France, the Vichy shower consists of a row of shower heads suspended over a massage table. You lie on the table and are sprayed down from stem to stern on both sides.It is usually done as part of a body mud treatment, though is both relaxing and stimulating on its own.

Hydrotherapy is usually one component of an overall program. It can offer specific relief to people with:

  • Arthritis problems

  • Back and neck pain

  • Sports injuries

  • Work-related injuries

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Orthopedic injuries

  • Rest and relaxation is a potential benefit from the treatment. 

  • Anti-inflammatory effects may expected. 

Used correctly, hot and cold treatments are probably the most powerful anti-inflammatory treatments with essentially no side-effects, known to mankind.While the anti-inflammatory effects are certain, it takes other remedies working in concert with hot and cold treatments to effect a cure for the inflamed body part, for example, tendonitis or bursitis. A generally good diet and excercise program are needed to act in concert with the hot and cold to effect a permanent cure of the inflammation.


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Internal hydrotherapy includes colonic irrigations and enemas. Steam baths or inhalation of steam to relieve respiratory congestion are also forms of internal hydrotherapy, as is drinking mineral water to restore the body's electrolyte balance or cleanse the system.


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