What is water therapy?
Water therapy or hydrotherapy is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment. It is also known as aquatic therapy, pool therapy and balneotherapy, but they all mean the same thing. Hydrotherapy involves using water to treat diseases and ease physical pain.
Hydrotherapy is the use of water in any of its forms really, so ice steam or water. It can be used internally and externally. Lots of studies and reviews have been reported showing the benefits for maintaining health, preventing, and treating the diseases.
Some of the common ailments treated by water therapy include:
– general joint pain
– low back pain
– orthopaedic conditions
– neurological conditions
– sports injuries
– depression and anxiety
It is also widely recommend for the treatment of post elective orthopaedic surgeries such as hip and knee replacements.
What are the advantages of Water Therapy?
There are many advantages of water therapy. The main advantage is how it can relive aches and pains due to the water relaxing muscular spasms. Hydrotherapy can help strengthen weak muscles and increase flexibility and improve balance. Plus you get the all important feel good factor which helps release several hormones that contribute towards feeling energised and less fatigued.
How does it work?
This paper ‘Scientific Evidence-Based Effects of Hydrotherapy on Various Systems of the Body’ found here is an interesting read.
This is the summary of the report
“Based on available literature, this review suggests that hydrotherapy was widely used to improve immunity and for the management of pain, CHF, MI, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, asthma, PD, AS, RA, OAK, FMS, anorectal disorders, fatigue, anxiety, obesity, hypercholesterolemia, hyperthermia, labor, etc. It produces different effects on various systems of the body depending on the temperature of water and though these effects are scientifically evidence based, there is lack of evidences for the mechanism on how hydrotherapy improves these diseases, which is one of the limitations of hydrotherapy, and further studies are required to find the mechanism of hydrotherapy on various diseases.”
So, it seems there is a lack of evidence in terms of how hydrotherapy improves disease. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that we are 60% water. Or that we evolved from the sea if that was the case. Or maybe its more to do with the relaxing vibrational frequency the body gets into during hydrotherapy. Regardless, the facts are it helps.
History of Water Therapy
The history of water therapy goes right back to the ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations. Roman civilizations had communal public baths. Other civilizations such as China and Japan had hot springs or “onsen”. There are many historical writings in many ancient cultures all talking about the curative properties of water.
One of the most visited heritage attractions in the United Kingdom is the Roman Baths in Somerset England. Those fascinated by its history should take a visit, the Roman Baths which can be found at the heart of the City of Bath World Heritage Site. There you will see the remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. Even today the city’s unique thermal springs rise in the site and the baths still flow with natural hot water.
Today’s use of Water Therapy
Today we use water therapy to help all sorts of ailments. Clinics and hospitals have been using hydrotherapy baths for a number of years. Our sister company WIBTRAC supplies the very top of the range latest assisted baths to hospitals and clinics. Each bath has multi sensory hydrotherapy features. Also more and more people are having hydrotherapy or spa baths installed in there homes. As well as assisted baths for those where care is required, we also have a number of hydrotherapy walk in baths which are suitable for every family home.