Hydrotherapy

What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is the process of using warm water to treat pain and certain ailments. Hydrotherapy, also referred to as hydropathy, works on the premise that exercising in warm water stimulates blood circulation thus reducing pain, increasing flexibility and promoting recovery.

Hydrotherapy is a kind of physiotherapy which involves performing exercises in water that has been warmed to around 33-36 degree Celsius. This is usually done in a pool with varying depth depending on the exercise to be performed. Increased buoyancy of the water and reduced gravity allow the exercise to be less strenuous and easier done in water than on land.

Benefits of Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy allows the person to relax in the warm water which has a therapeutic healing effect. Water, especially if warm, has a soothing, calming and relaxing effect. And exercising in water helps provide resistance and, at the same time, takes the weight off a painful joint or limb. Also exercise of weight-bearing joints like the knee and hips becomes easier in water thus providing useful therapy.

Apart from maintaining the overall wellbeing of body and mind, hydrotherapy is said to provide relief from pain, improve joint range of motion, reduce muscle spasm, increase blood flow through the body and the troubled areas, improve balance and co-ordination and strengthen weak muscles.

When to use Hydrotherapy?

There are special hydrotherapy supplies that are meant to provide safe and comfortable aquatic therapy. These are hydrotherapy aids that may be used in the treatment of the following illnesses and conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis
    
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Colds
    
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
    
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Stomach problems
    
  • Joint, muscle and nerve problems
  • Acne
    
  • Depression
  • Stress
    
  • Sleep disorder
  • Head injuries
    
  • Knee/hip replacement
  • Ankle sprains
    
  • Frozen shoulder


There are specially developed hydrotherapy supplies which provide exercise of the lower extremities in a whirlpool bath. At Health Products For You, you will find high quality whirlpool chairs designed to easily and comfortably adjust into a pool. Very economical, hygienic and useful, these hydrotherapy chairs can be positioned at the front end of a stationary or mobile whirlpool bath and facilitate treatment of the lower body.


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