Have you heard about water therapy, hydrotherapy or water healing but not sure what they are what they do? Just what are the benefits of water healing? Find out the differences and what benefits each offer by reading the following article.
Water Therapy, Hydrotherapy & Water Healing
Author: David Flores
The Institute for Vibrant Living natural health research team has looked into the benefits of natural hydrotherapy. Here is their report:
When you have had a stressful day one of the first things you want to do when you get home is relax in a nice warm bath to soothe your body and your soul.
The healing power of water has been recognized for centuries. Our attraction to water is a very natural thing because water is the essence of life.
Indeed, 80% of our body is made up of water and it is a major component in many of the foods we consume.
In recent years, the use of water as therapy has gained popularity and is often prescribed to revitalize, maintain or restore health.
- Steam baths
- Sitz baths (A sitz bath is literally what it sounds like – a bath where you sit in warm water that covers the buttocks and hips)
- Hot water baths
- Whirlpool baths
- Application of cold and hot water compresses.
Hot water is used in hydrotherapy treatments to relax muscles, ease pain and remove toxins through sweating.
Cold water is used to reduce inflammation and improve circulation.
Hot baths and whirlpools are especially popular because when you submerge your body into one of these, you enjoy a feeling of weightlessness as your body is temporarily relieved from the pull of gravity. In a whirlpool, the additional effect of water in motion also offers many of the same benefits as a massage, because it gently kneads the body all over.
Water Therapy can be especially beneficial to people who suffer from:
- Arthritis, types 1 & 2
- Fibromyalgia and similar joint and muscle discomfort
- Other chronic painful conditions
Many physical therapists and holistic practitioners also recommend water exercise programs to treat and condition muscles, joints and tendons.
Water therapy exercise is especially helpful in cases where a land-based exercise program is not possible due to the intensity of pain, decreased bone density, disability or other factors.
Some of the most popular forms of do-it-yourself hydrotherapy include:
Whirlpools, jacuzzis and hot tubs::These soaking tubs use jet streams to massage the body. They are frequently used by physical therapists to help injured patients regain muscle strength and to soothe joint or muscle pain. In recent years, millions of people have installed these types of tubs in their home bathrooms so they can enjoy frequent hydrotherapy treatments.
Pools and Hubbard tanks: Physical therapists sometimes prescribe underwater pool exercises as a low impact was to rebuild muscle strength after an injury has occurred. In-place swimming tanks for home use are becoming more popular, while the hubbard tank is used usually under medical supervision while a person is on a stretcher.
Tepid Baths: Tepid baths (one in water 85 to 92°F) are often recommended to reduce a fever. These baths are also one of the oldest forms of relaxation therapy. Aromatherapists recommend adding essential oils of lavender to a warm bath to promote both relaxation and stress reduction.
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Water Healing is one of the oldest and safest methods for treating emotional and physical maladies. Give it a try soon. Chances are it will become a welcomed part of your overall health and wellness routine!
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About the Author
David Flores is a natural health researcher for Institute for Vibrant Living, a leading source for all-natural supplements, vitamins, and minerals for many health and nutrition challenges. To learn more about the products offered by the Institute for Vibrant Living visit http://www.ivlproducts.com
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