Hydrotherapy is a water-based scientific therapy for the treatment of various conditions. The benefits of hydrotherapy involve in many purposes, including physical rehabilitation, exercise, relaxation, and stress relief.
The use of hydrotherapy for naturopathic treatment has existed for thousands of years. Think ancient Roman baths, historical hot springs in Japan and China, or Egyptian royalty bathing in water and essential oils! Modern research shows that hydrotherapy sessions can help increase muscle strength and mobility and reduce muscle pain and joint stiffness – and, incredibly, drawing upon the healing properties of water can help relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being.
Who can hydrotherapy help?
Hydrotherapy can help treat a wide range of conditions, including:
- Arthritis and other chronic pain conditions
- Neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injuries
- Cardiovascular and respiratory conditions
- Musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, sprains and strains, and fibromyalgia
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Chronic health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer
What does hydrotherapy involve?
During hydrotherapy sessions, clients will perform exercises and movements in a pool with the guidance of a neuromoves therapist.
The water’s buoyancy and resistance can help reduce stress on the joints and muscles, making it a suitable option for recovering from injuries or surgeries. It also increases cardiovascular fitness and can help with muscle strength and flexibility.
Benefits of hydrotherapy
- Reduce pain and inflammation
One of the main benefits of hydrotherapy is that it allows people to exercise in a way that is easy on their joints and muscles. The water’s buoyancy helps support the body and take pressure off areas that may be sore or inflamed, which helps reduce pain and stiffness and make it easier for people to move around and perform daily activities, especially for people with arthritis, chronic pain, and other conditions that cause inflammation or discomfort in the body.
Furthermore, the heat of the water can also dilate blood vessels, increasing blood flow and stimulating the blood supply around your body, which can enhance the healing process.
- Improve breathing
Hydrotherapy can also be beneficial for people with conditions that affect the lungs or heart, as warm water can help relax the airways and make breathing easier. So, it can be helpful for people with conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Hydrotherapy supports the body’s natural detoxification process by promoting the elimination of toxins through the skin, lungs, and kidneys.
It can also help to stimulate the lymphatic system responsible for removing waste products and toxins from the body through exercises, such as jumping, jogging in a pool, or water jets in a spa or hot tub.
- Boost the immune system
Studies have shown that Hydrotherapy can boost the production of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting off infection and disease. Cold water immersion, in particular, can activate the immune system by stimulating the release of white blood cells, which can help to fight off infection and disease.
- Improve strength and fitness
The water’s resistance can help improve muscle strength, flexibility and endurance.
- Mental well-being
Hydrotherapy offers the above physical benefits and is a crucial tool for stress relief which can help to improve body function and prevent illness!
Book a hydrotherapy session at your local NeuroMoves clinic
We could keep listing why we love hydrotherapy, but we think you should try it out and see for yourself! You can book a hydrotherapy appointment at the following NeuroMoves clinics through the link below:
- Angle Park, SA
- Canberra, ACT
- Clyde, Sydney, NSW
- Lismore, NSW
- Liverpool, NSW
- Melbourne, VIC
- Menai, Sydney, NSW
- Perth, WA
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