What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is the use of water for alleviating pain and treating infection. Hydrotherapy has been used for thousands of years and is one of the safest and easiest ways known for treating different bodily ailments. Hydrotherapy is a characteristic treatment of warmth, water and air that stimulates and invigorates the body while pulling away any throbbing pain. The soothing, relaxing massage of water and air jets relax sore muscles and can stimulate the release of endorphins, your body’s natural pain killer. The highest quality walk-in tubs always have a combination of air and water massaging jets. The air jets are great for a light soothing massage while the water jets can be used for to deeper massage your muscles.
What Typically Happens During Hydrotherapy?
When you soak in a hot water bath your body temperature begins to rise, causing your blood vessels to dilate, resulting in increased circulation and blood flow. The buoyancy of the water reduces body weight by up to 85%. This relieves pressure on joints and muscles and gives them time to loosen and relax.
- After 5 minutes – your blood pressure and pulse rates may begin to drop.
- After 8 minutes – circulation improves in your hands & feet making them feel warmer.
- After 12 minutes – your muscles relax, tissues become more pliable and responsive to stretching, encouraging the release of lactic acid and other toxins from your system.
- At 15 minutes – your minor aches and pains will often experience a temporary decrease in severity.
Hydrotherapy May Be Used to Treat:
- Joint Pain
- Back Pain
- Muscle Pain
- Muscle Cramps or Fatigue
- Circulatory Disease
- Stomach Problems
- Connective Tissue Injuries
- Neurological Problems
- Balance Related Problems