Hydrotherapy: The Healing Power Of Water
Hydrotherapy – FAQs
What is it?
Hydrotherapy (AKA water therapy, aquatic therapy, pool therapy, and balneotherapy) is the use of water–in its various forms and temperatures–for a specific treatment effect on one of more body systems.
How does it work?
There is no simple answer to this question as hydrotherapy uses different forms of water (eg. steam, ice, water) at different temperatures, pressures, duration, and sites along the body. As a result, blood flow is altered, hormones are rebalanced, immune cell functions are increased or decreased, and/or muscles/joints/tendons are relaxed. Though the observed effects of are evidence-based (numerous scientific studies have been around for decades), the exact mechanisms of how it works still need to be elucidated.
What are some benefits?
Hydrotherapy can be used to decrease swelling, increase circulation, decrease blood pressure, decrease heart rate, improve metabolic rate, decrease stress hormones (eg. cortisol), decrease tension & fatigue, improve memory & mood, etc.
What conditions can benefit from it?
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), High Cholesterol, Musculoskeletal Pain, Postural Stability, Anxiety, Arthritis, Depression, Exercise & Post-Surgery Recovery, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Digestive Illness, Hemorrhoids, Anal Fissures, and Poor Immune Function.
What does the treatment require?
Depending on your individual treatment needs, Dr. Viegas will prescribe specific exercises for you to complete at home, or in the gym, a few times per week.