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Hydrotherapy is the use of
water to treat a disease or to maintain health. The theory behind it is that
water has many properties that give it the ability to heal:
Water also has a soothing, calming, and relaxing effect
on people, whether in a bath, shower, spray, or compress.
hydrotherapy to treat many illnesses and conditions, including
depression; headaches; stomach problems; joint,
muscle, and nerve problems; sleep disorders; and stress. People also use it for
relaxation and to maintain health.
You can also use hydrotherapy
to reduce or relieve sudden or long-lasting pain.
Hydrotherapy is generally
safe if treatment is done properly. Different people may respond differently to
the length and intensity of treatment. Some people may have headaches, aches
and pains, sleep problems, nausea, chilliness, and faintness.
is important to discuss your physical condition and medical history with your
doctor or physical therapist before trying hydrotherapy.
tell your doctor if you are using an alternative therapy or if you are thinking
about combining an alternative therapy with your conventional medical
treatment. It may not be safe to forgo your conventional medical treatment and
rely only on an alternative therapy.
Other Works Consulted
Barry R, Lewis DC (2006). Hydrotherapy. In JE
Pizzorno Jr, MT Murray, eds., Textbook of Natural Medicine, 3rd ed., vol. 1, pp. 401–416. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
March 18, 2011
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & David A. Fleckenstein, MPT - Physical Therapy
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