What is Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is the use of water, both internally and externally and at varying temperatures, for health purposes. Also known as water therapy or “water cures,” hydrotherapy includes such therapeutic treatments as saunas, steam baths, foot baths, contrast therapy, sitz baths, and colonic cleansing.

Water therapy uses either hot or cold water, with the water pressure and flow varying among treatments. The intention is to ease both physical and mental symptoms.

Some hydrotherapy practices are as simple as sitting in a warm bath, which people can do at home. Other practices involve specialist locations or equipment, such as a cold sauna.

Possible locations and equipment for hydrotherapy may include:

physical therapy tanks
swimming pools
whirlpool spas
hot tubs
saunas
showers
baths

The procedure for using each will vary greatly depending on the goal of treatment and the practitioner.

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