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    Hydrotherapy: Water is the source of Healing

Tuesday, October 25,2016

Water: source of life and source of healing. Practitioners of hydrotherapy ensure that we can purify the body and alleviate various pains through the water.

This ancient medicinal practice, used an across the planet, encompasses a range of approaches using water at different temperatures and in different forms, baths, whirlpools, hot or cold packs, saunas, baths steam and enemas. The addition of herbs and minerals designed to increase in the therapeutic effect is common.
This is a universally accepted way to reduce inflammation caused by injury and illness, relieve pain, relax the mind and body, tone muscles and stimulate the immune system.


hydrotherapy is millennium. Different cultures used the hydromineral baths, hot springs, geysers and sweat lodges; Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese, Arabs, Turks, American Indians …

Hippocrates, a Greek physician who died in 337 B.C. prescribe hydrotherapy to treat rheumatism and especially jaundice. There were public baths in Greece and ancient Rome as in ancient Japan. Today, spas offering hydrotherapy activities for physical and mental fitness. This is a classic approach in sports medicine, physiotherapy and naturopathy. It is present in many forms in care to oneself: hot and cold packs, humidifiers, misters and spas.


There are three types of external hydrotherapy: hot water, cold water and hot and cold alternating with several applications at a time.

In hot baths, the body is immersed in water at higher than body temperature. They are assigned a detoxifying effect: elimination of harmful products such as alcohol, drugs and heavy metals stored in the body. In specific areas: low back and legs, and torso for sciatica for menstrual cramps for example.

Icicles are useful in reducing acute inflammation from sprains and pulled muscles.

Hydrotherapy by contrast alternate application on the body of hot and cold compresses. It is used as a complementary therapy for various ailments: infections of the upper respiratory tract, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease or arthritis. The internal hydrotherapy methods (enemas and colon irrigation) are intended to relieve constipation and cleanse the bowel by stimulating elimination.

Hydrotherapy known to relieve pain

Baths, showers, sauna … Hydrotherapy is a natural method that uses water in different forms – liquid, vapor, ice – and at various temperatures. The therapeutic properties of water are indeed recognized since ancient times, to purify, revitalize and invigorate the body, but also to relieve some pain.

The benefits of hydrotherapy

The water has effects on blood flow. These effects vary according to the water temperature. The skin actually contains numerous nerve endings that transmit to the brain the signs of heat and cold. The brain then acts as a temperature controller to maintain body temperature at 37 ° C.

The application of cold water on the skin leads to a narrowing of the capillaries. The information is immediately received by the nervous system, which signals the body to compensate for this cooling by immediately sending warm blood toward the skin. The caliber of the vessels increases to pass the blood: the vasodilation.

Conversely, hot water causes dilation of the pores and blood channels: also, more blood flows. To counteract this, the nervous system launch signals to the body so that it reduces the size of the vessels. Less blood reaches the skin surface: the vasoconstriction. This ability of water to change the blood flow is the basis of hydrotherapy.

The hydro-therapist adapts the care of your personality, your sensitivity, your general condition and, if necessary, to the pathology you have. it use several techniques. Among the most common are the bathrooms, showers, wraps.

Hydrotherapy: the benefits of exercises performed in water

When in the water, through the cancellation of gravity, muscle work is reduced and the stress on the joints, minimum. The exercises practiced thus encourage mobility while relieving pain.
Even without performing movement, dipping promotes deconditioning that allows relaxation. The interest of physical exercise in the pool is scientifically recognized in the field of rehabilitation (sprains, contusions …).
One of the indications of the therapy: muscular work and easing gently adapted to the elderly.

Healing Through The Hydrotherapy:

The action of the temperature of a bath or shower on the organism has been confirmed by numerous scientific studies.
If you suffer from rheumatic diseases (osteoarthritis, back pain, neck pain), hydrotherapy can soothe your pain.

It also proves effective for relieving muscular aches and spasms, circulatory problems or venous insufficiency (dampers), or to treat the fracture.
If you are nervous, overworked, under stress, it can soothe you.
In hydrotherapy bath treatments are practiced with spring water. Massage jet are especially indicated to fight cellulite.

Hydrotherapy: sauna and steam bath

Sauna and steam room are two techniques that use steam to provide a feeling of well-being and relaxation, to help combat anxiety and stress, to help eliminate toxins and dead cells. Heat can also relieve osteoarthritis.

Inside the sauna cabins, the air is quite dry (between 3 and 20% humidity) and warm (80 to 90 ° C). Hammam, air, much less hot, is saturated with moisture.

A sauna session lasts about a half hour: you take a hot shower, you pat yourself, then you walk into the cabin to sweat; after each pass in the cabin – three in total – you rinse under warm water stream and you lie down to rest. The last rest can be longer, about twenty minutes.

Hammam, also plan a half hours, approximately, including a skin cleansing and resting for about twenty minutes. The sessions are practiced before meals or after digestion, never before bedtime.

Please note, there are many medical contra-indications: venous insufficiency (heavy legs, varicose veins), phlebitis, cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, depression, low blood pressure, kidney stones, inflammatory or muscle diseases (arthritis), fever.

In a sauna you should regularly moisten the stones of the brazier, heat source, to moisten the atmosphere. Hammam often has two parts. We start the session with the cooler to accustom the body.

thermal bath or seawater is the same: FALSE.

If you do a spa, hydrotherapy uses the medicinal properties of spring water; thalassotherapy, she uses sea water. But in both cases, water is the centerpiece of care offered.


The spa includes all the treatment and care performed by bathroom. It is mainly available in the thalassotherapy center or spa, but can be practiced at home.

The whirlpool bath is ideal for activating the venous circulation. The orientation of the jets creates water currents after the venous circulation, and the anatomical distribution of nozzles practice reflexology skin.
The spa, called bubble bath, massage is soothing. It is indicated if you are prone to edema and congestion, especially in areas affected by cellulite.

Alternating baths can relieve you if you suffer from circulatory disorders venous and peripheral arterial disease. According to the technique of the foot bath, you soak the foot three minutes in a hot bath, and then a minute into a cold bath, three times. Warning, this treatment is not recommended for heart patients.

For Your Information

Salts, plants and other natural substances in additives increase the therapeutic efficacy of warm baths. Epsom salt for example, makes you sweat, relaxes muscles and relieves joint pain. Oatmeal soothes itchy rash and soothes sunburn and other skin irritations. Chamomile is also a calming of the skin …

Hydrotherapy is a simple, economical and safe method to relieve the symptoms of a wide range of diseases such

digestive disorders and metabolic diseases,
psychosomatic disorders,
urinary disorders,
skin problems,
diseases of the mucous membranes,
gynecological problems,
cardio-artery disease,
neurological problems,
disorders of child development
the respiratory problems …

The Cures proven

Faced with mistrust of the medical system, professionals Hydrotherapy appeal in recent years in many clinical studies.

Hydrotherapy is particularly effective in the fight against

obesity, more effective than a simple dietary guidance
Very good results on knee osteoarthritis, the leading cause of functional disability.
The anxiety disorders, where the comparative study Stop-Tag, published in 2008 shows 3 times more healing than with conventional care.
Pain reduction for shoulder tendinitis.
Promising results through treatments, let recent years by a protocol to help find the physical and mental shape to reintegrate into social and professional life and reduce the risk of relapse after chemotherapy.

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Tuesday, October 25,2016-11:42:30 AM[London]

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