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What Is Hydrotherapy?

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Hydrotherapy is essentially the use of water in a medical treatment or for pain relief. Hydrotherapies are commonly used as spa treatments  and can be used to treat a number of medical conditions, including neuromuscular disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular disorders, and orthopedic problems. People with back pain will also benefit from hydrotherapy.

  • How Hydrotherapy Works

Hydrotherapy works with water in any form: ice, liquid, or steam. Hydrotherapy is also commonly used in physical rehabilitation. Exercises in water create less strain on the bones and joints. The water also builds muscle strength through water resistance.

  • How Water Is Used

Common examples of hydrotherapy are warm compresses, ice packs, and whirlpool or steam baths. Warm compresses enlarge blood vessels, which increases circulation temporarily, relaxes muscles, and eases pain. Water vapor from a humidifier, hot shower, or sauna can reduce congestion from a cold. Warm water baths or cleansing baths are believed to boost the immune system, stimulate digestion, ease lungs, calm nerves, and relieve stress and sore muscles. Directing streams of warm water to particular areas of the body is thought to help relieve symptoms associated with headaches, nervous disorders, paralysis, multiple sclerosis, and liver, lung, and gallbladder diseases.

  • How Water Is Beneficial

Humans are primarily made of water, and it is important to stay hydrated. The recommended intake of fluids is 13 cups per day for an adult man and about 9 cups per day for an adult woman. Drinking mineral water or enriched water may benefit people with mineral deficiencies or other conditions.

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