Hydrotherapy is used for treating injury, pain and disability. A part or the entire body of a person is immersed in water for improving the mobility and relieving pain. A well trained therapist guides these methods. The examples of hydrotherapy include mineral baths, bathing in heated water and water-jet massages. Aquatic exercises may also be included in the Hydrotherapy.
Hydrotherapy can be traced back to the ancient Rome and Greece. All kinds of medical conditions can be treated by these baths. Hydrotherapy is also an effective treatment for arthritis. This form of treatment has been very popular in Israel and Europe.
This therapy can be used in combination with other treatments such as massage, exercise, herbs, mud packs and special diet. This is very useful for improving other health issues and circulation. The feelings of well being and relaxation can also be enhanced. There are more than 20 million Americans who are suffering from Arthritis. Sometimes, no cure is available for Arthritis. At such times, this therapy is proved to be very effective in improving mobility and relieving pain. Normal exercise is very painful for people with arthritis. The body function can be improved by Hydrotherapy as a lot of stress is put on the painful joints.
This therapy is also beneficial for patients who are suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis. The patient can be instructed by the hydro therapist about the various types of movements. This is specially used for treating stiffness and joint pain that is associated with rheumatoid arthritis. The swelling decreases to a great extent with hydrotherapy.
The blood flow also increases with the help of warm water and jets. Thus, more oxygen-rich blood is delivered to the areas of the body. Warm water soothes the muscles and decreases inflammation and pain in patients. Thus one should take proper care.