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  1. 1. HYDROTHERAPY Prepared by: Azura Resources: http://www.watertechtn.com/hydrotherapy.htm
  2. 2. Benefits of Hydrotherapy <ul><li>Definition : Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, is the use of water (hot, cold, steam, or ice) to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being. Hydrotherapy is a general term for a group of alternative treatments that use water for the relief of various diseases or injuries, or for cleansing the digestive tract. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Benefits of Hydrotherapy <ul><li>Purpose: Hydrotherapy is used to treat a wide range of conditions, often in conjunction with conventional medical treatment. Hydrotherapy can soothe sore or inflamed muscles and joints, rehabilitate injured limbs, lower fevers, promote relaxation.  </li></ul>
  4. 4. Benefits of Hydrotherapy <ul><li>Hot Water : relaxing, stimulate immune system. </li></ul><ul><li>Tepid Water : stress reduction. </li></ul><ul><li>Cold Water : reduce inflammation </li></ul><ul><li>Alternating hot and cold water can stimulate the circulatory system and improve the immune system . </li></ul><ul><li>Adding herbs and essential oils to water can enhance its therapeutic value </li></ul>
  5. 5. Benefits of Hydrotherapy <ul><li>External Hydrotherapy </li></ul><ul><li>External hydrotherapy involves the immersion of the body in water or the application of water or ice to the body. </li></ul><ul><li>Motion-based treatments </li></ul><ul><li>Motion-based hydrotherapy uses water under pressure in the form of jets, whirlpools or aerated bubbles to massage the body. It is used to treat joint and muscle injuries as well as stress and anxiety disorders. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Disease Treatment <ul><li>Arthritis </li></ul><ul><li>Currently, there is no cure for arthritis, and conventional medical treatment is not entirely effective in preventing or stopping the pain and disability that results from arthritis. A variety of methods, allopathic and alternative, exist to manage the symptoms of arthritis. Exercise therapy has been proven effective in relieving pain and improving mobility -- however, for people with arthritis, normal exercise can be painful. Hydrotherapy offers a way to exercise and improve body functions without putting so much stress on your painful joints. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Disease Treatment <ul><li>Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) </li></ul><ul><li>Hydrotherapy can be especially useful to treat the joint pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis ((RA). The painful swelling in the joints that occurs with rheumatoid arthritis has been shown to decrease with hydrotherapy. The warmth of the water is effective on the joints and soft tissues to decrease swelling and improve mobility in those joints. When you are in the water, the gravitational forces on the body are reduced; thus the joints have a lighter load to bear during exercise. </li></ul><ul><li>Hydrotherapy with warm water or jets can also help increase blood flow, delivering more oxygen-rich blood to areas of the body that need it. Warm water is soothing to the muscles and can release tension associated with arthritic conditions, decreasing pain and inflammation in arthritis patients. Several studies have shown that hydrotherapy is an effective treatment to ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). </li></ul>
  8. 8. Disease Treatment <ul><li>Osteoarthritis (OA) </li></ul><ul><li>Water's buoyancy offers an alternative method for getting exercise by allowing easier joint movement and being virtually impact-free, making it an excellent choice for people with painful joints. </li></ul><ul><li>The Arthritis Foundation has found that the warmth and massage effect, as well as the simulated weightlessness of whirlpool baths can be a great benefit in alleviating the pain of this disease. Soaking in water relaxes muscles, which enables a wider range of motion with less pain and strain. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Other benefits <ul><li>The treatment can also be beneficial for relief of the symptoms of colitis, gastritis, hemorrhoids, sciatica, fibromyalgia. It has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of high blood pressure, migraines, premenstrual cramps, varicose veins, and yeast infections. Many physicians and therapists recommend hydrotherapy as part of a rehab program following surgery or injury. </li></ul>