Hydrotherapy massage is a form of natural healing that works by using the movement of water, as well as its warmth and even its turbulence, to perform a number of useful healing functions in the body. Hydrotherapy, which first came out of the Popular Health Movement started by Frances Wright in 1830, is a method of reducing stress, decreasing discomfort from a number of health problems and encouraging healing after surgery. Popular in Europe, water massage therapy is gaining ground in the western hemisphere as more and more people become aware of its many benefits to health.
What is Hydrotherapy Used For
Hydrotherapy massage has been successfully used in the treatment of many ailments and disorders and has brought relief to those who suffer from back, neck and knee injuries; asthma sufferers; arthritis sufferers as well as those with hyperthermia, pulmonary disease, swollen ankles and varicose veins. It has also proven effective for a variety of injuries that are work related.
In the United Kingdom hydrotherapy has been successfully used for woman about to give birth. It is highly recommended for pregnant women who have a low obstetric risk of complications.
Hydrotherapy is used in many ways in our modern world. It is often used in clinical type settings for healing but it is also used in health and wellness spas to encourage relaxation of the body and mind. Qualified professionals such as naturopaths, massage therapists or physical therapists are always present during the hydrotherapy sessions to guarantee that no problem arises.
There are a number of methods used in hydrotherapy and they include everything from steam baths to hot or cold compresses, to colonic irrigation to icing sprains to whirlpool soakings to a variety of water douches for the arm, neck, back, chest and knee.
How to do Hydrotherapy at Home
Hydrotherapy can also be as simple as using water to heal yourself at home. Both baths and showers provide healing to the human body and it does not have to be in a fancy setting. It is advisable to have warm baths as opposed to hot baths and make sure you fill the tub so that your shoulders will be submerged. A reasonable temperature for a bath is 90-95 degrees Fahrenheit or thereabouts). A relaxing soak in the tub is especially beneficial when you are suffering from a low-grade fever, a respiratory problem that includes a stuffed up nose, a sore throat and a cough and a bladder infection.
Hydrotherapy Sitz Bath
Sitz baths are hydrotherapy cures that are basically just water treatments that are designed to help the lower portion of the abdomen. As well there are vapor baths and foot baths. A sitz bath needs to include enough water that the lower part of your body will be completely submerged in water.
A sitz bath starts with warm water and then is followed by cold water. This contrast of water temperatures is particularly beneficial for problems with the reproductive system, menstrual pain, kidney problems, problems with the intestines and pelvic inflammation. Hydrotherapy sitz baths are very commonly used for people who need help bathing themselves or else for those who are weak due to a recent illness or surgery.