Hydrotherapy is the use of water to treat a disease or to maintain health. The theory behind it is that water has many properties that give it the ability to heal: Water can store and carry heat and energy. Topical applications of cold or hot water packs, compresses, baths, pools, steams, sweats, showers, enemas, and colonics are all forms of hydrotherapy.
Encourage muscle relaxation, and reduces spasticity
Pain management and reduction
Buoyancy of water counters the effects of gravity
Increased muscle strength and function
Reduce swelling and edema
Improved balance and coordination
Improve stress tolerances and encouraging sleep
Increase joint range of motion
Improve cardiopulmary function
At home contrast shower:
Start your shower on warm/hot for 2-3 minutes.
Change your water temperature to as cold as you can tolerate (we recommend 30 seconds in the beginning and building up to 1 min).
Repeat 2-3 times.
Finish with a cold shower, for a longer lasting energy boost.
Cold pack use directions:
Cold pack are usually ice or gel. Freeze cold pack as per directions for use. Once frozen apply to affected area for 10-15 mins. You skin should respond with a reaction called CBAN. Initially the skin will feel cold, then transition to a burning feeling, aching and finally the area should feel numb. Once a numbing affect has been reached, remove cold pack and gently move area to rewarm the tissue to room temperature. Fpr more details talk to your health care professional.
Conditions treated with hydrotherapy:
Heat pad use directions:
Heat pads come in different forms. Heat per the directions for your specific heat pad. Once heated, apply to affected area for 10-20 mins. Check with your health care professional for more details.
Moist heat vs. dry heat:
Moist heat uses water, so it does not cause dehydration unlike dry heating methods. It also penetrates deeper into your tissues, making it far more effective than dry heat. When used in the same amount of time (30 minutes) moist heat therapy has a greater effect on pain reduction than dry heat therapy
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