Hydrotherapy, the act of using hot- and cold-water applications combined with massage to stimulate circulation of blood and lymph, has been used for centuries to assist the body to heal itself. Hydrotherapy techniques can be used to stimulate the immune response in acute illness such as colds and bronchitis, as well as assist in the treatment of chronic viral infections and other stubborn illnesses.
How It Works:
The recuperative and healing properties of hydrotherapy are based on its mechanical and/or thermal effects. It capitalizes on the body’s response to hot and cold stimuli, effectively jumpstarting the nerves to carry impulses to the immune system, where circulation, digestion, blood flow, and stress hormones are invigorated, resulting in lowered pain sensitivity.
Generally speaking, heat quiets and soothes the body while cold stimulates and invigorates. When used in concert, the healing powers are magnified.
When Hydrotherapy Is Appropriate?
Hydrotherapy is primarily used to tone up the body; stimulate circulation, digestion, and the immune system; move lymph and stagnant fluids; and relieve pain. A number of techniques can be used including baths and showers, sitz baths, neutral baths, foot baths, steam inhalation, hot compresses, body wraps, wet sheet packs, and Magic Socks.
Hydrotherapy from the Inside Out:
In addition to healing from the outside, water works miracles when taken internally as well. Because we lose water daily, it’s vitally important that we drink enough to replenish what is lost. Drinking pure, fresh water is essential to our health and wellbeing. And we continue to need water — even more so — as we age. With added years, our skin and mucus membranes become thinner and lose more water and our kidneys function less efficiently, so our need for hydration increases. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, you should be in the habit of drinking plenty of water daily.
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