Nine Reasons to Try Hydrotherapy
People have known about the life-giving and healing properties of hot water since Roman times. Nowadays, we have scientific support for the benefits of a good old soak – it's called Hydrotherapy and it's a terrific way to ease all kinds of ailments, both psychological and physical. There's plenty of reasons to try out hydrotherapy. If you're unfamiliar with the discipline, here's some guidance about whether or not it will work for you.
What Is It?
Hydrotherapy combines hands-on pool treatments and customised clinical diagnosis by physiotherapists. This is normally done via one-on-one treatments between a specialist and patient inside of a pool. It may sound greatly similar to aqua aerobics, however that's a far more vigorous work out and is designed for people of normal fitness ability and health. Whereas hydrotherapy is designed for people needing a more gentle routine, to help them on the route to wellness and health.
The Benefits of Hydrotherapy
What's not to love about languidly floating and stretching in warm water? Nevertheless, here's some more information about hydrotherapy and its applications.
1. Eases Muscle Spasticity Disorders
The symptoms of diseases such as Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Schlerosis and Cerebral Palsy are eased using hydrotherapy. The soothing benefits of light stretching and movement in the water can be a great comfort to people with these diseases.
2. Relieves Pain
Hot water eases muscle aches and pain, including back and neck pains and other chronic body aches. This is particularly important for people with chronic conditions like Muscular Dystrophy, Arthritis and other inflammatory conditions such as Ankylosing Spondylitis.
3. Sleep Benefits
People suffering from insomnia and nervous disorders tend to find relief in warm pools and with hydrotherapy. The soothing heat and massaging jets decrease tension in both the mind and body. The decline in body temperature after leaving the pool can have a calming and soothing physiological effect, which in turn can induce fatigue. Research has indicated that spending 15 minutes in a hot tub or spa, 90 minutes before bed time may induce sleep. The moral of the story is, if you suffer from insomnia it may be possible to finally get some shut eye, with Evoheat's fantastic range of hot tub and spa heaters.
4. Hydrotherapy Aids Detoxification
All day long, people ingest or inhale toxins and allergens in the environment. Such as carbon monoxide from car fumes, cigarette smoke (either passive or by choice), preservatives in food, impurities in the tap water and so on. These toxins can contain free radicals, the cancer-causing chemicals that have a nasty effect in the body. As a part of the cleansing or detoxing process, hydrotherapy helps to eliminate toxins from the body's cellular tissues. It's one of the best ways to detox naturally.
5. Improves Type II Diabetes
Research has shown that a 30 minute soak in a hot tub, six times per week is enough to ease the symptoms of Type II Diabetes. The amount of sugar in the blood decreases over time and reaches a greater normality and equilibrium. It's also possible to shed some excess fat using this method. However people with Diabetes should exercise caution, as they may be vulnerable to burns in the spa, due to nerve damage caused by the disease.
6. Boosts Energy and Reduces Fatigue
People who suffer from diseases where the body is chronically tired, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia, may benefit from a regular long soak and treatment by a Hydrotherapist. The symptoms of these disorders are general body pains and aches. The alleviation of these symptoms with Hydrotherapy, forms an important part of treatment.
7. Relieves Respiratory Problems
The symptoms of Asthma, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, the flu or other conditions where the airways and lungs are blocked with fluid, will find that hydrotherapy opens the airways, boosts circulation and aids healing. Also, the increase in circulation provides a boost to the immune system that also helps healing of these chest and throat conditions.
8. Aids Muscle and Joint Problems
The buoyancy of water decreases the pressure on joints and muscles by around 90%. This means that it can free up a painful arthritic sufferer, to move without pain. The warm water helps the muscles to loosen and makes it easier to exercise. The moving water can be used as a resistance for muscles to gently push against the weight of the water and aid healing and muscle strength.
Here's an example of some Hydrotherapy exercises, that dramatically improve knee and joint function, and use the resistance of the water to build strength.
9. Helps to Repair Sporting Injuries or Accidents
In situations where patients have been involved in an unfortunate accident, where they've broken a limb or torn a muscle, Hydrotherapy may be very useful. It can have an anaesthetic or pain relief effect for the localised areas of injury. It's always a good idea to speak with a Physiotherapist or Hydrotherapist before jumping into a hot tub or spa for this kind of injury. In some cases, a cold compress or cold bath may be recommended instead – if that's the case, then we pity you!
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