What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is a part of medicine and alternative medicine, particularly in naturopathy, where water is used for treating health issues. There are different methods used in this form of medicine where the physical properties of water are used.

With time, hydrotherapy has gained much popularity. Today, new therapies are used in hydrotherapy such as underwater massage, water jets, mineral baths, whirlpool bath, hot Roman bath, Jacuzzi and cold plunge.

The type of treatment given using hydrotherapy depends on the symptoms of the individual. The therapy is slow, relaxed and has controlled movements.

How does hydrotherapy help?

Hydrotherapy works on the advantages of water. The properties of water help in treating a number of health issues. Here are some properties of water that make it heal different problems of the body:

  • Water dissolves many substances such as salt and minerals
  • It can store and carry energy and heat
  • Water helps in increasing the blood flow
  • It is known to bring in a relaxing and calming effect in the mind of the people
  • Water can be used in different ways as it is available in different forms- ice, liquid and steam.

What are uses of hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is used for treating health issues like headache, acne, arthritis, stomach problems, sleep disorders, stress, joint and muscle problems, nervous system problems. It is effective in relaxing and de-stressing the body. It is also used for reducing sudden and long-lasting pain.

Benefits of Hydrotherapy

Relieves stress

Hydrotherapy treatment has proven to be highly effective in de-stressing an individual. The therapy also helps in bringing down the blood pressure level that is caused by stress. Further, it helps in releasing endorphins which is a natural stress fighter.

Reduces muscle tension and relieves pain

When in water, one can feel the tension in the muscles releasing slowly. Hydrotherapy helps in stimulating the release of endorphins which act as a natural pain reliever and reduce the soreness in muscles.

Improves the immune system

Hydrotherapy helps in increasing the blood flow of white blood cells around the body. This further makes the lymph, a fluid in the immune system to remove all the unwanted materials from the body. With the removal of all the harmful materials, the immune system strengthens and helps in fighting health problems like cold and cough.

Recovers injured muscles

When the body is immersed in hot water, the temperature of the body increases and it improves the blood flow around the circulatory system. Better circulation helps in healing the injured tissues and recovers the muscles or joints. This eventually helps in relieving pain.

Detoxifies the body

With sauna and steam bath, an individual can eliminate toxins from their body. Sweating is the best way to eliminate toxins from the body. This helps in removing the impurities from the skin.