Hydrotherapy is the therapeutic usage of water. This method is one of the oldest health treatments dating back since early history. People were convinced hydrotherapy cured everything from typhoid; to tumors; and restored the internal state. Today, Hydrotherapy is recommended for the treatment of arthritis and muscle tension among other ailments.
Access to hydrotherapy is one of the main reasons anyone decides to purchase a hot tub. However, it is important to know exactly what role each feature of a hot tub plays in this water treatment.
Buoyancy is important in hydrotherapy. This principle helps to restore muscle tissue and facilitate wound healing. When in water, the body’s weight is reduced by 90%. This is recommended for patients with arthritis, because buoyancy devotes to the overall improvement of the joints.
Water pressure reduces the weight of the joints and muscles while it encourages the user to relax mentally. Studies in trauma and burn centers have shown that: massaging streams of water soothe the nerves and purify wounds. Massaging water streams provide a sense of weightlessness, loosens tense muscles, and activate endorphins − hormones that are produced in the brain and exert an analgesic and sedative effect.
It should be noted a person does not have to be in the maelstrom to enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy. A normal home bath is also able to help a person relax and control the conditions of this treatment.
Water temperature is another important element in hydrotherapy. Hot water raises the body temperature and causes blood vessels to expand. It increases blood circulation that accelerates the healing processes in the body. Some people believe that being in a hot bath helps fight viruses and other infections as the heat increases the number of white blood cells in the body.
No matter how many advantages there are to having a hot bath, it must be noted that there can be disadvantages as well. Doctors recommend a temperature limit of 96-100 °F for no longer than 20 minutes. Do not take a hot bath after a workout. People suffering from circulatory problems, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and pregnant women should avoid very hot baths. If you do decide to undergo such treatment, please first consult with your doctor.
A tip for those who like warm baths: do not forget to give your body the opportunity to cool down. It is important to remember that hot water dilates blood vessels and cold water narrows them, so a slow cool-down after a bath can help protect the heart from stress.
For those who do not suffer from any of the above conditions, the alternation of hot and cold temperatures may have therapeutic properties. This technique is one of the most important ones used in hydrotherapy. Again it is stressed, before engaging in this procedure please consult with a specialist.
As we have mentioned above, the alternation of hot and cold temperature causes the blood vessels to repeatedly contract. As a result, your heart and blood vessels act as a pump, leading to improved blood circulation. This home therapy is recommended for people suffering from migraine headaches. The sudden change of cold and hot water reduces swollen blood vessels in your head that cause the migraine.
Moreover, we must not forget the soothing sounds experienced in hydrotherapy: the splash of water; the sound of ocean waves; raindrops tapping on glass–these melodic sounds soothe and relax the soul and mind. According to experts and mothers, restless babies calm down quickly around flowing water. Also, babies respond well to a warm bath.
Hydrotherapy has many advantages and not all of them have been outlined above. This technique treats a host of diseases effectively, many of which we have not mentioned. Using the tips offered above, as well as knowing about the positive and negative effects of water temperature on the body, we can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the richest natural resource: water.