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Hydrotherapy technique

As the name suggests, hydrotherapy technique is a form of CAM based on treatment of diseases and pain through water therapy. It also uses the temperature effect of water as in hot baths, saunas and wraps etc.

The use of water for soothing effects, relieving pain and treatment of various diseases has a very long history. Evidences from ancient cultures of India, Egypt, China and Mesopotamia suggests of extensive system of baths for therapeutic purposes. It was also known that hot water springs have a healing effect on body.

By the early 19th century Hydrotherapy was established as a formal system of therapy especially by efforts of English physician Sir John Floyer and French farmer Vincent Priessnitz.

Hydrotherapy Principles

Water is known to contain many minerals, salts and organic compounds that have medicinal and restorative properties. When these substances are present in a fresh water source, hot water spring or baths, they combine with the thermal and mechanical properties of water to relieve body pains, cure sores, and improve the physical condition overall.

The thermal and mechanical effects of water also play important role in administering the curative treatment. Heat soothes and relaxes the body, while cold invigorates the internal organs. Thus a stressed out body is relaxed by application of hot water. On the other hand stupor and tiredness can be overcome by cold water treatment.

Hydrotherapy Forms

There are various techniques that are used in hydrotherapy including

Hydrotherapy Benefits

The use of hydrotherapy is for a number of purposes including, toning up of body, stimulation of digestion, blood circulation, and immunity system, bring relief to body, assuage pain, cure sores and for getting sheen on skin.

Hydrotherapy Risks and Precautions

Hydrotherapy is hardly associated with causing any risk to people. However some people with certain pathological characteristics need to be exercise a bit caution.