The therapeutic application of water or hydrotherapy or water therapy dates back to ancient Roman and Greek period. A hot water tub used for hydrotherapy includes the elements, such as heat, ethereality and floatability, which relieve stiffness in the body as well as contribute to overall health improvement. Hydrotherapy combines healing power of heat and water (hydro) and results in the following health benefits.
Increased blood circulation — Hydrotherapy improves blood circulation as soaking in a hot tub can increase the body's ability to dilate the blood vessels.
Relieves aching joints — Water therapy aids in easing the pressure on your joints and muscles. While floating, water carries almost ninety percent of your body weight, thus, ‘weightlessness’ improves you body aches.
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Relieves arthritis pain — Studies have shown that people suffering from arthritis could be benefitted by water exercises. Warm water massage provides relief in arthritis. Learn the potential benefits of water therapy and ask your doctor about its effectiveness. If heat therapy fails to lower the arthritis pain, you can possibly opt for hydrotherapy.
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Feels like a massage — Soaking in a hot tub will soothe your tense muscles as bubble jets function like a massage. It relieves stiffness of the body and makes you more flexible.
Lowers blood pressure — Hydrotherapy triggers inner functions of the body. It can raise heart rate and lower blood pressure. If you are not advised to engage in physical activities due to health issues, you may be able to keep your heart healthy with hydrotherapy. Ask your doctor about the pros and cons of water therapy, particularly about whether it’s safe if you suffer from a heart condition.
Relieves fatigue — Hydrotherapy before going to bed can help your body to relax after a tiring day. Your fatigue disappears and it helps you fall asleep early too, since your daily stress and anxiety have been alleviated.
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Loosen stiffness — Hydrotherapy is a great option for athletes before and/or after a workout. Before a workout, soaking in a hot tub improves circulation and aids in loosening the muscles. After a workout, it can significantly relieve minor aches and pains. If you have a sports injury, consult your health care professional before opting for hydrotherapy. Some injuries may require cold therapy rather than hot therapy.
Helps in Respiration— The steam you inhale while soaking in a hot tub works well for your lungs. Inhalation of warm air aids lungs in the removal of mucus and phlegm, and dilate the small airways and air sacs in the lungs. The space in the lungs widens, allowing you to breathe in more easily. The steam from hydrotherapy averts jammed nasal passages and maintains upper respiratory health. It also wards off skin dryness during winters.
During hydrotherapy, drink plenty of water. If you are pregnant and wish to take the soothing hydrotherapy treatment, consult your doctor first.
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