What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is also known as water cure. It is the branch of therapeutics that deals with the curative use of water for the treatment of physical disability, injury or illness by immersion of all or part of the body in water to facilitate movement, promote wound healing and relieve pain, usually under the supervision of a trained therapist.
Hydrotherapy aids the rehabilitation process in injuries and stroke, and it improves respiratory infections.
It is also known to reduce pain and inflammation in arthritis and other rheumatologic conditions. Hydrotherapy is also known to reduce the effects of stress by increasing endorphin production, improves sleep, and prevents headaches. Rheumatoid arthritis Patients with rheumatoid arthritis benefit from hot tubs, especially when used in conjunction with massage or water exercises. Hydrotherapy reduces joint pain by reducing inflammation and increasing blood flow.
All our patients have full use of this facility with a trained therapist.
What are the Benefits of Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy increases blood circulation, including circulation of the immune system’s white blood cells. It also increases the body’s production of endogenous opioid peptides, particularly endorphins. Enhanced circulation and increased endorphins strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation, heal injured tissue, improve well-being and energize the body.
Hydrotherapy also supplies fresh nutrients and oxygen to injured tissue and helps with the removal of waste products. In injuries alternate applications of heat and cold accelerate healing by improving blood vessel integrity and muscle tone. Heat causes peripheral (surface) blood vessels to dilate or expand. Cold causes peripheral blood vessels to constrict and drives blood back to the organs.