Hydrotherapy benefits of hydro showers and whirlpool baths

By Will Tottle | Health

Sep 08

Hydrotherapy: Meaning and Purposes

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Using water to treat diseases is known as Hydrotherapy which is sometimes referred to as Aquatherapy as well. ​ The use of hot water during hydrothermal therapy is similar to that of spas and hot tubs.

​As well as getting rid of all the toxins that cause inflammation or joint pain in our bodies, hydrotherapy manipulates and relaxes our muscles. Various diseases can be cured with it, including management and care of long-term conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Dictionary Meaning: Hydrotherapy

​Here at Smart Price Warehouse, there are a number of products that can be used in the home and these include hydro showers which have an overhead monsoon shower, a hand shower and back jets. Steam showers which have the same water features but with the addition of a steam room function. Whirlpool shower baths that include all the previously mentioned features plus the Here’saddition of the whirlpool bath element.

Here’s A Brief History of Hydrotherapy

It has been known for thousands of years that hydrotherapy has many benefits. Many health facilities in Europe offer water spas for treating diseases with the help of hydrotherapy, particularly in Europe. Europe built spas with stunning views of mountains and lakes during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

​The entire process was always overseen by a number of medical practitioners. As a result of technological advancements, the treatment of diseases through water in spas has evolved to a great extent and is more effective than ever before.

​It is relatively inexpensive, safe, and simple to treat many common ailments with water. The use of water does not end with drinking it and cleaning it; hydrotherapy has shown that it can be used for so much more than drinking and cleaning. You would definitely feel relaxed after a long day at work when you get into a hot water tub after a long day at work.

The Workings of  Hydrotherapy….

As a result of its mechanical and thermal effects, hydrotherapy is helpful in curing diseases. When a person undergoes hydrotherapy, the effects are felt on the skin, which then transmits impulses deep into the body. As a result, it enhances the production of hormones and improves the flow of blood, stimulates the immune system, reduces pain sensitivity, and lessens pain sensitivity.

Aside from diabetes, balance disorders, muscles that are weak and painful, diseases related to blood circulation, arthritis, cramps, soft tissue injuries, back pain, premenstrual syndrome, and muscular-skeletal injuries, hydrotherapy can also help with all of these conditions. A 2-week study involving 14 patients with ankylosing spondylitis showed that it was very effective in solving joint issues. Hot water hydrotherapy baths were used to treat their disease.

​They were checked after two weeks, and there were clear improvements recorded. There was a reduction in the intake of analgesic painkillers by these patients. Improvements were evident after a week of treatment, and even after three months, improvements were still evident.

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Lower Back Pain and Hydrotherapy……

In the United States, doctors are visited by lower back patients as the third most common issue after flu and colds, with these symptoms affecting millions of men and women. Using a hot tub or whirlpool therapy can cure lower back pain, according to a study published in the British Journal of Rheumatology in the mid-’90s and these therapies had fantastic results.

​Forty people participated in a study conducted by the University of Minnesota; they were provided with a choice between a still bath and a whirlpool bath. Most of those people chose whirlpool baths, as expected. There was a far greater benefit to the whirlpool bath user than the standard bath folk when it came to reducing stress levels.

​The effects of whirlpool baths were confirmed by a later study in the Journal of Rheumatology in France. For about 3 weeks, spa therapy improved the health status of participants more than medication alone. There was a decrease in intensity and duration of pain in those who received the spa treatment, as well as a greater improvement in flexibility in their backs.

​A significant reduction in analgesic and anti-inflammatory drug use was shown in those given spa treatments. This research was also published in Arthritis Today in April 1996. There are many diseases that can be treated with hydrotherapy, including spinal diseases, lung diseases, multiple sclerosis, bronchial asthma, weak back muscles, and back pain. The use of hydrotherapy should not be attempted by people with neurasthenia.

The Treatment of Arthritis With Hydrotherapy

We sometimes experience stiffness and swelling in our joints as we age. It is estimated that one out of every six people has arthritis of some sort. People who suffer from arthritis are often recommended to use heat as a treatment. Hydrotherapy is the best method of evenly distributing heat throughout the body. The buoyancy of water causes the body to feel weightless when submerged. Water reduces the body’s weight from 85 to 90 percent.

​A doctor will usually recommend soaking sore joints in hot water before the day begins if they are experiencing soreness in their joints. Hydrotherapy is an effective treatment for osteoarthritis patients who need a hot and moist environment. In order for hydrotherapy to be effective, the temperature should be close to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

​It is beneficial to alternate hot and cold baths to treat your feet and hands. Enlarging the blood vessels stimulates the flow of blood; it helps treat aching feet and arthritis-affected joints. It feels very relaxing to have heat applied to the muscles because the muscles are eased and very relaxed.

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Hydrotherapy For Treating Insomnia

Thousands of people worldwide suffer from sleep disorders, and many are not getting enough sleep. There are one hundred and thirty-two million people in the United States who suffer from sleep-related issues, according to the National Sleep Foundation. With a lack of sleep, we can become short-tempered, sad, and depressed if we get less sleep than we need. In addition, sleep deprivation negatively affects people’s daily routines. About a thousand adults were reported to have been induced to sleep with hydrotherapy according to another report published in the mid-’90s.

​One of the best methods to get good sleep is to take a warm bath, according to a consumer reports survey. Sleeplessness can definitely be relieved by drawing blood back from the head to the body. Many people suffer from insomnia due to excessive blood flow inside their heads. It helps to relax when you take a hot foot bath, as it draws blood from your head to your body, which aids in falling asleep.

​Getting deeper and better sleep is easier when our body temperature is lowered. Taking a hot bath a while before bedtime can help a person get better sleep since it lowers the body’s internal temperature. But taking a hot bath too close to bedtime may make it harder to fall asleep since the body temperature will be elevated. Hot tub baths can repair damaged nerves. When you don’t exercise on days you don’t get into a hot tub, then you will be able to sleep better and get better sleep.

Diabetes and Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy combined with exercise has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of diabetes, according to the New England Journal of Medicine in September 1999. The study participants with diabetes level two were given a thirty-minute spa treatment six days a week, and they were given this treatment for thirty minutes every day.

​Patients whose insulin dosage was reduced, their plasma glucose levels decreased, and they lost weight, resulting in great results for diabetic patients. Blood flow to the skeletal muscles was enhanced in study participants who were unable to exercise. When considering hydrotherapy for diabetes, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor and ask if he/she recommends it.

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Hydrotherapy: Other Benefits….

There are many benefits of hydrotherapy, in addition to treating diseases. You can use hydrotherapy for the face to relieve toothaches, migraines and trigeminal neuralgia, as well as to relax your eyes. Hydrotherapy can also treat vertigo, neck and shoulder tension, tinnitus and high blood pressure, all of which can be treated with the help of water. Furthermore, it helps with chest diseases like bronchial asthma, angina pectoris, and bronchitis. It is advisable to moderate the water temperature if angiosperms are present

​Additionally, the therapy helps improve blood flow to important body organs such as the lungs, heart, and pleura. In addition to stimulating cardiac and respiratory activities, hydrotherapy can also help treat varicose veins, laryngitis, nervous excitability, vocal cord problems, and headaches. There should be no use of this method of therapy if there is a condition of blood stasis in the pulmonary circulation.

​When applied to the arms, hydrotherapy is effective in curing vertigo, rheumatism, catarrh, cold hands, paralysis, neuralgia, and nervous disorders. In different medical conditions, hydrotherapy for hips can be beneficial. The formation of kidney stones is also one of these conditions. In order to improve blood circulation in the thighs, hydrotherapy can be used.

​Sleeplessness, headaches, varicose veins, and other conditions can be helped by leg and foot therapy. Vascular damage can be prevented, and it can also affect reproductive and digestive organs. While menstruating or suffering from urinary tract infections, irritable bladders, or sciatica, none of the above methods should be used.

Reviewing Hydrotherapy’s Risks……

There is a risk of frostbite or scalding when using hydrotherapy if you have impaired temperature sensation. Bathing in a hot tub for an extended period of time should be avoided by children and the elderly. If you have heart disease or are pregnant, you should consult your doctor before beginning hydrotherapy.

About the Author

Author Will Tottle - I work and write for Smart Price Warehouse, mainly the blog "The Smart Approach" where we cover topics on health and product reviews mainly focused on Steam Showers, Shower Cabins and Whirlpool Baths