Hydrotherapy is a branch of medicine that uses water to relieve or even get rid of the pain caused by certain diseases. In fact, it is known for centuries that with the help of water pressure or water temperature, blood circulation can be stimulated and certain symptoms of diseases disappear.
This method of healing include sauna, steam baths, Roman baths, foot baths, thermal water baths or baths with powerful jets.
Let’s see some therapies that help you to heal and get back on your feet with water.
Not only hot baths are used in hydrotherapy. If you’re brave enough to dive into a tub of cold water, you’ll get out of there very refreshed. That’s because cold baths improve blood flow and reduce inflammation in the body tissues.
The water temperature must be below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius), but the duration of a session should be very short, not more than one minute, otherwise adverse effects can occur, such as the onset of hypothermia. Also, the elderly and children should avoid this form of treatment.
These types of baths are used for joint inflammations and muscle pains. Moreover, specialists also recommend these baths for long exposure to cold or when you feel like you try a cold.
Add a small amount of essential oils, salts, seaweed and relax for half an hour in water with temperatures between 97.7 and 99.5 Fahrenheit degrees (36.5 and 40 degrees Celsius).
Steam baths are also known as Turkish baths. Basically you use the sauna power to get rid of unwanted fat from your body and revive your tissues. Turkish baths use steam from water heated to between 158 and 194 Fahrenheit degrees (between 70 and 90 degrees Celsius). They help to sweat and eliminate the toxins from your body, opening your pores. Typically, a steam bath is complete with a hot shower.
Sitz baths are particularly helpful for women who have just become mothers. In addition, this type of treatment is used in cases where there are vaginal cracks, anal cracks, bladder infections or infections of the vagina. The bathtub used is one designed specifically for this type of treatment. It has two compartments, one with hot water the other with cold water. In the first compartment you should stay approximately two minutes, in the other one about 30-40 seconds. It is advisable to apply this procedure several times to have a beneficial effect. You can also try to do a sitz bath to your home, using two large plastic bowls, to cover the back and the groin.
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