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Hydrotherapy Treatments: Understanding the Principles of Contrast Therapy

Last updated 7 years ago

Are you planning a trip to the day spa? There are a variety of therapeutic treatments to choose from, but if you’ve been experiencing muscle tension or soreness, then consider contrast therapy. Read on to learn more about the benefits and the process of this relaxing hydrotherapy treatment.

Defining Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is a spa treatment used to soothe muscles and create a relaxing sensation. All types of hydrotherapy involve some form or water, whether ice, vapor, or liquid. Water is either directly or indirectly applied to the area of concern. Some forms of hydrotherapy include total immersion in warm or cold water, also known as contrast therapy.

The Two Methods of Contrast Therapy

Contrast therapy is a form of hydrotherapy that alternately uses hot and cold water to elicit healing and soothing responses from the body. Cold water is typically used to cleanse an area of blood and bodily fluids, while warm water is used to relax muscles tissue and increase blood circulation. Combining both of these principles results in a healing therapeutic treatment. The two methods of contrast therapy are total immersion and local use. Total immersion at a day spa could entail spending time in a hot sauna followed by swimming in a cold pool. Local use of contrast therapy is more effective for dulling pain and soothing muscle tension in a specific area.

The Benefits of Contrast Therapy

Contrast therapy has continually proven its therapeutic and healing value for centuries. In addition to immediate relief, contrast therapy may temporarily reduce pain signals being sent to your brain and reduce your pain gate mechanism. Hot and cold packs are also very effective for sports injuries and other ailments.

Now that you understand more about contrast therapy, you’re ready to schedule your therapeutic session at Spa Reveil. Call us today at (512) 961-4714 to schedule your hydrotherapy treatment or browse our menu of additional spa treatments online.


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