Hydrotherapy is a type of aquatic therapy which helps to stimulate both the mind and the body. Different conditions can be treated, ranging from fatigue, stress and digestion to arthritis, joint pain, and tense muscles. Hydrotherapy uses mechanical and heating effects in water to induce healing. Since the human body responds to stimuli such as changes in temperature and pressure exerted externally, the body carries the effect of these sensations deeper into the skin, towards the immune system and the bloodstream.
Different temperatures are used to treat different problems and ailments. Cold water is used to stimulate, revitalize and increase the internal activity within the body. Hot water, on the other hand, is used for soothing purposes, helping to slow down the internal activity of the body. In most cases, only one temperature is used for hydrotherapy, but in some cases, a combination of hot and cold water is used for hydrotherapy treatment.
Apart from the technical features involved in administering hydrotherapy treatment, the locations are also diverse. Hospitals and physiotherapy centres usually have large pools dedicated to this type of treatment, with instructors and specialized personnel around to help guide you with the kinds of exercises you need to perform. Luxury spas also have designated experience zones for massages, soaks, compresses and showers that incorporate hydrotherapy treatment.
But now, certain home solutions allow you to experience and indulge in hydrotherapy at home. Here are some simple ways to try it out yourself:
People travel across the world to take a relaxing dip in salty sea waters, like the Red Sea, but you can recreate this experience at home. Filling your bathtub with some Epsom salts has a number of benefits and is in itself an extremely therapeutic experience. The salt reduces inflammation, increases the functioning of your immune system and blood circulation in the body, relieves stiff joints, eases muscle cramps, and soothes aches and pains. Saltwater baths also help your skin glow as the salts cleanse your pores, detoxifying your skin and hydrating it.
The simplest method of hydrotherapy at home is one we all must have used when we’re down with the flu. Steam inhalation helps clear congestion and sinuses and can improve blood circulation in the body too. Another effect of steam on the body is the cleansing and detoxifying of pores and the shedding of dead skin cells, helping to generate new skin cells. The best way to go about hydrotherapy with steam is through a hot shower in a compact space, like a shower enclosure, or to heat a large pot of water and breathe in the steam.
Temperature controlled baths
If you’ve been feeling anxious or have trouble falling asleep, fill your tub with water that is slightly cooler than your body’s temperature. Cold water is known to offer sedative benefits, especially before bed, as it helps bring the body temperature down to help you fall asleep. Cold water showers and ice cubes are also used to aid mental health, for those suffering from depression and anxiety.
Hot water showers, on the other hand, should be taken for tense or sore muscles, joint pain, menstrual cramps, and general body pain and fatigue. The hot water helps increase blood circulation, which in turn eases pain, stimulates the healing process and reduces any inflammation in the body.
A combination of hot and cold water will help serve as a stress reliever. First, shower with hot water, and follow this with a quick and short cold shower.
A unique form of a hydrotherapy spa and bathroom amenity, whirlpool baths are a new technological innovation. These at-home spas use the technology of forceful jets to expose the user to whirlpool-like currents of water. The pressure that the jets emanate soothe the muscles and replicate the same effects of a deep tissue massage. The propelling of water and air in the bath also helps soothe, calm and quiet the mind, aiding better mental health.
The jets and the temperature of the whirlpool baths also increase blood circulation as the movement and temperature stimulate veins and arteries, which can also relieve any pain. The water pressure also allows a higher level of oxygen intake, which helps keep skin healthy and glowing and draws toxins in the skin into the water which is pulled away by the currents.
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