What is hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is a treatment that takes place in water. Usually, it includes a variation of using hot and cold water to stimulate your blood flow. This can help decrease pain and sensitivity while helping you feel more relaxed. Hydrotherapy may include the use of hot towels, saunas, baths or whirlpools.
What are the benefits of hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy offers several benefits for people suffering from pain, including:
- Reducing pain
- Helping you relax
- Supporting your weight to help improve your range of motion
- Providing resistance to the joints to help improve muscle strength
- Warming up muscles and tendons for improved flexibility
Who needs hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy can be used to help treat several injuries and conditions, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Stiff joints
- Chronic back pain
While hydrotherapy is helpful for people suffering from these and other conditions, not everyone is a good candidate for it. Hydrotherapy can increase health risks in people with:
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
If you visit a Doctor of Chiropractic for hydrotherapy treatment, he or she will perform an examination first to make sure it’s safe. This may include a physical examination and a review of your medical history.