Hydrotherapy is a part of alternative medicine, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy, that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment. The term encompasses a broad range of approaches and therapeutic methods that take advantage of the physical properties of water, such as temperature and pressure, for therapeutic purposes, to stimulate blood circulation and treat the symptoms of certain diseases.
How Your Spa Can Help
Those with arthritis may find relief from pain and stiffness with water therapy, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Increased circulation and free movement in the water make hot tubs an ideal environment for the safe exercise of sore joints and muscles.
Since sitting in a warm tub and/or exercising in a spa or pool can be so beneficial to so many people, it is only natural that heart patients might wonder if hydrotherapy is an appropriate option for them. While people who have undergone heart valve or other cardiovascular surgery should always consult with their cardiologist prior to starting any type of exercise or other health-related program, studies have found that hydrotherapy can be an appropriate consideration for heart patients.
Relaxation and stress relief are the top reasons customers purchase hot tubs. According to the American Heart Association, heat from hot-water spas leads to a process called vasodilation, or the widening of blood vessels. As the blood vessels open up, tension and pain can also loosen their grip on the body. The AARP also notes that hot water is known for its soothing properties, which can be enhanced by aromatherapy with essential oils.
Hydrotherapy has been found to help people with Type 2 diabetes, according to a New England Journal of Medicine article. Spa therapy (or hot tub therapy), according to the study, can be beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes because it has been found to reduce blood sugar levels, improve overall sleep patterns, and give people with diabetes an increased sense of well-being.
Hydrotherapy can be very useful in treating many different types of soft tissue and bone injury as well as neuromuscular conditions such as muscular dystrophy. The benefits of hydrotherapy include pain relief, reduction in muscle spasm, increased joint range of motion, strengthening of weak muscles, increased circulation, improvement of balance and coordination, and re-education of paralysed muscles.
The warm temperatures hydrotherapy pools help the body release endorphins that relax the body’s reaction to stress and anxiety. Spas offer hydrotherapy as a relaxation tool that help reduce blood pressure caused by stress.