The Importance of Hydrotherapy
Why do you need Hydrotherapy? Simple because it is the use of water in the treatment of different conditions, including arthritis and related rheumatic complaints. Hydrotherapy differs from swimming because it involves special exercises that you do in a warm-water pool. The water temperature is usually 33–36ºC, which is warmer than a typical swimming pool.
Benefits of Hydrotherapy
- Reduces muscle tension and relieves pain
The weightlessness you feel when underwater relieves tension in the limbs, supporting aching muscles and easing the movement as opposed to when on land. Plus, hydrotherapy stimulates the release of endorphins, acting as a natural pain reliever which will further reduce muscle soreness.
- Rehabilitates injured muscles
Being immersed in warm or hot water raises the body temperature, increasing blood flow around the circulatory system and also alleviates pain. The improved circulation will in turn help to heal injured tissues and rehabilitate damaged muscles or joints.
- Boosts the immune system
The increased blood flow and circulation of white blood cells around the body allow lymph (an immune system fluid that helps collect and get rid of unwanted materials from the body) to be moved through the body more efficiently and therefore strengthens the immune system, helping to fight colds and illnesses.
- Encourages detoxification
Sweating is the body’s primary way of eliminating toxins. Flush out impurities and toxins through the skin on a detox holiday and help to cleanse your body.
- Stress Relief
Hydrotherapy treatment can be effectively used to reduce blood pressure caused by stress. It may also slow down the body’s reaction to anxiety and release endorphins. It is a natural stress fighter.
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How does Hydrotherapy work?
Hydrotherapy is an alternative therapy recognized for temporary pain relief of ailments such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle and joint pain, fibromyalgia, and aches and discomfort following exercise. But remember, while hot tubs, massage tubs or air baths are recommended for many pain sufferers, you should always consult your physician for health advice.
When you sink into your tub, the effect of buoyancy decreases stress on your muscles and joints, allowing for a period of recovery. Water immersion contributes to that recovery by inspiring relaxation of the mind and the body. Researchers propose that the water’s temperature and pressure against the body help to impede signals of pain to the brain, lessening the actual sensations of pain. This proposition is based on the Gate Control Theory, which suggests that there is a gate-like design to the central nervous system that allows or blocks pain signals based on stimuli.
Thermal water immersion may also serve to reduce muscle spasms and diminish the experience of pain. In fact, it’s common for your mood to improve as you soak in your tub. Powerful anecdotal evidence suggests that using a hydrotherapeutic tub regularly not only relieves mental and physical tension but also improves quality of life in the long term.
When full-body immersion is practised, you treat not only the painful areas of your body, but also the muscles, joints, and interconnected tissues that surround those areas. This therapy for widespread relaxation can, therefore, help to relieve acute pain experiences and help to prevent related tension from spreading to surrounding tissues.
Hydrotherapy delivers so much more than a once-in-a-while luxury. When practised, it becomes an integral therapy method that helps to powerfully transform your life and your experience of pain.
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