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 also has a soothing, calming, and relaxing effect on people, whether in a bath, shower, spray, or compress.
People use hydrotherapy to treat many illnesses and conditions, including acne; arthritis; colds; depression; headaches; stomach problems; joint, muscle, and nerve problems; sleep disorders; and stress. People also use it for relaxation and to maintain health.
You can also use hydrotherapy to reduce or relieve sudden or long-lasting pain.
Hydrotherapy is generally safe if treatment is done properly. Different people may respond differently to the length and intensity of treatment. Some people may have headaches, aches and pains, sleep problems, nausea, chilliness, and faintness.
It is important to discuss your physical condition and medical history with your doctor or physical therapist before trying hydrotherapy.
Always tell your doctor if you are using an alternative therapy or if you are thinking about combining an alternative therapy with your conventional medical treatment. It may not be safe to forgo your conventional medical treatment and rely only on an alternative therapy.
Other Works Consulted
- Barry R, Lewis DC (2006). Hydrotherapy. In JE Pizzorno Jr, MT Murray, eds., Textbook of Natural Medicine, 3rd ed., vol. 1, pp. 401–416. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||David A. Fleckenstein, MPT - Physical Therapy|
|Last Revised||March 18, 2011|
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