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1. Overview

Hydrotherapy is part of medicine which involves the use of external water to maintain and restore the health of a person.

Hydrotherapy includes sauna, steam baths, foot baths and applying hot or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy’s father, Sebastian Kneipp is a Bavarian monk who lived in the 19th century. Kneipp believes that diseases can be cured by removing toxins from the body with water.


1. Overview
2. Types of hydrotherapy
3. How it works
4. Indications

2. Types of hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy can be practiced either in health centers or can be recommended as a method of self-care at home.

Some of the most common types of hydrotherapy are:
- Sitz baths – involve using two containers with water: one cold and one hot. It will sit in a container with your buttocks and then will alternate with the other container. Sitz baths are recommended to treat hemorrhoids, PMS, cystitis, polyps;
- Hot water baths- will sit in warm water for up to 30 minutes depending on the type of condition involved. Can be added salts, mineral mud, aromatherapy oils, ginger and even salts from the Dead Sea;
- Sauna – dry heat;
- Turkish bath or steam bath;
- Packing – involve the use of wet sheets which will cover a person stays lying down. The method can be used for colds, bronchitis, skin diseases, infections and muscle pain;
- Treatment of wet socks – can be used to treat sore throat, ear infections, headaches, migraines, nasal congestion, upper respiratory infections tract, cough, bronchitis and sinus infections;
- Hot poultices – can be used to treat acute illnesses such as colds and chest cough, relieve symptoms and shorten healing.

3. How it works

Healing and recovery properties of hydrotherapy are based on thermal effects and / or mechanical. It involves the body’s response to warm and cold stimuli, prolonged application of heat and pressure of water. Nerves carry impulses at the skin levels; these are then felt deeper into the body, which may have a role in stimulating the immune system and influencing the production of stress hormones, invigorating circulation, digestion, improve blood flow and reduce sensitivity to pain.

If a person has tense muscles, anxiety stress, a bath or shower may be the best solution. If fatigue and stress are the problem, you can be alternate a relaxing warm bath with a refreshing cold one, this helping stimulate the body and the mind. Water movement stimulates receptors in the skin, stimulates blood circulation and release muscle tension.

4. Indications

Hydrotherapy spa baths are used specifically for toning the body, stimulate digestion, circulation, immune system and relieve pain. The methods used will differ depending on the type of condition involved.

Water releases the stress from the body, rejuvenates the body, improves symptoms in skin and muscles levels, calms the lungs, heart, stomach and balances the endocrine system by stimulating nerve reflexes in the spinal cord.



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