What is hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy involves the use of water to treat various conditions, such as arthritis, rheumatic complaints and other ailments.
Scientific studies have shown that hydrotherapy can improve
strength and general fitness in people with various types of
How does hydrotherapy work?
Hydrotherapy relies on its mechanical and thermal effects, in
order to induce healing. It takes advantage of the body’s
reaction to cold or hot stimuli, the pressure exerted by water,
the protracted application of heat as well as the sensation of
the water. These sensations and effects are then carried
deeper into the skin by nerves.
When you are submerged in water like a pool or a bath, you
experience some kind of weightlessness. During this period,
the water relieves the body of gravity’s effects. In addition,
water induces a hydrostatic effect, as well as a massage-like
feeling, as it kneads your body. Moving water stimulates the
skin’s touch receptors. This effect increases blood circulation
while releasing tight muscles.
Influences the release of stress hormones, while improving digestion, circulation and blood flow, as well as reducing the body’s sensitivity to pain.
It is a very effective method of treating long-lasting pain.
Hydrotherapy hydrates body cells while improving skin and muscle tone.
Hydrotherapy boosts the immune system, thus enhancing its efficiency.
It stimulates blood supply to various organs in the body.
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