What is Hydrotherapy?
Simarouba Yoga and Naturopathy Clinic
Thippasandra, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
As the name suggests, hydrotherapy uses therapeutic properties of water to treat diseases. Also called as water therapy, the practice of using water for relieving pain and promoting well being dates back to many centuries.
How does it work?
The therapy simply uses the body’s reaction to water’s pressure and its temperature. Heat has a soothing effect on the body and slows down internal activities while the cold increases activity and stimulates the body. The simplest form of hydrotherapy is a warm shower for distressing and a cold shower for rejuvenation and stimulating the mind. Hydrotherapy helps ease pain and relaxes the body. It relaxes swelling and joint pain relieving the body of pain.
Types of hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy is of two types- external and internal. External therapy involves application or immersing the body in ice or water and is mostly temperature based using the effect of heat or cold on the tissues. Hot water therapy is best to treat conditions like sore muscles and arthritis, often combined with aromatherapy. Cold compresses and ice packs relieve headaches, tooth pain and sprains. Moist heat/ steam helps with the flue, chest congestion and blocked nose. Internal therapy is generally not recommended and involves procedures like douching for internal vaginal cleaning and colonic irrigation for cleaning the entire bowel.
How does it help?
Hydrotherapy helps in relieving pain, de-stressing, loosens muscles and helps in relaxing the body. Additionally, it boosts immunity and improves blood circulation inside the body. This therapy is used to treat burns, ease menstrual cramps, labour pains and clearing skin problems.