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WhatisHydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy Hydrothermaltreatments
incorporateswaterasa includewater
healingtool temperaturetoaidthe
healingprocess

Waterallowsmovements
andexercisestobedone
whilelimitingtheeffects
ofgravityandpressure
onweakareasofthe
body
MultipleWaystoUse
Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy
uses

Immersion Topical ingestion/inhalation


full body or partial apply cool/warm water drink enough water
stretches and exercises wraps or packs for hydration


BenefitsofWaterforHealing
PhysicalTherapy
increaserangeofmotion
strengthenmuscles
Reducespressureonpainful/weak
joints/muscles
Usefulespeciallyforpeoplewithchronicpain
anddecreasedbonedensitywherelandbased
exerciseswouldcausepainorinjury


WhyExerciseinWater?
PhysicalPropertiesofWaterallowittobeavaluabletool
inPhysicalTherapy
Buoyancy; water counteracts gravity and
helps to support the weight of the patient in
a controlled fashion as the patient is
immersed

Viscosity: resists movement by means of


friction, allowing strengthening and
conditioning of an injury, while reducing the
risk of further injury due to loss of balance

Hydrostatic pressure: produces forces


perpendicular to body surfaces at every
point, increasing kinesthetic (body motion
or position)
and proprioceptive
(posture self-
Buoyancyreducestheeffectsofgravityupona
patientwhichisespeciallyhelpfulinaiding
movementtoimprovenaturalrangeofmotionfor
thosewithchronicpain,arthritisandneck/back
injuries.
Paincanalsoberelievedbysensoryalterations
thatcanbecausedbyrelaxationofmusclesdueto
watertemperatureandpressure.
Increasedstrengthandmovementcanthusbe
obtainedthroughexerciseinanaquaticsetting


TypesofExercises
Exercisesinclude
Useofstretches
Resistivetrainingfor
strength
Andevencardio
vascularactivitiessuch
as
Swimming
Poolwalking
Runningonatreadmill


Topicalhydrotreatments
Usewarmorcoldcompresses
Warmcompresseshelptoeliminate
dullachesandpainsaswellasstiffness
Coldcompresseshelpwithsharppain

Bothtreatmentsshouldbeusedfor1015
minuteseveryfourhoursandtocomfort
levelsofpatient

DrinkYourWater
Remembertodrinkwater
throughoutyourdayin
ordertostayproperly
hydrated.
Wateristhemain
componentionbothblood
andcellsofthebody
Generalrecommendations
aretodrinkatleasteight
glassesofwateradayas
thatistheamountthebody
losesinasingleday


GeneralCautions
Whilehydrotherapyisanimportantaspectinphysicalhealth,priortoany
exerciseortreatmentaprofessionalshouldbeconsultedtoavoidinjury
Formoreinfoandsourcesusedvisitthefollowinglinks

SourcesofInfo
www.spinehealth.com
http://www.holisticonline.com, Holisticonline.com is developed and maintained by ICBS,
Inc. 1998-2003
Golanty, Eric. Health and Wellness, 5th Ed.. Jones d Brtlet Publ. Inc.1998

Pictures
www.csp.org.uk/physiotherapy/ az_conditions/w.cfm
www.findershealth.com/Hydrofloat/

Hydrotherapy Research By Jasmine Vanderwiel