Water therapy treatments can help with a whole slew of health problems, including haemorrhoids and rheumatoid arthritis. Water therapy, or hydrotherapy, has long been used to treat disease and pain. There are many references to the healing uses of water, especially hot mineral springs and sea water, in ancient Hindu, Chinese, and Native American teachings. Some springs, such as Lourdes, have been considered miraculous. At the basis of the hydrotherapy philosophy is the idea that water is the essence of life and a major part of the human body.
Water therapy reduces inflammation and stimulate blood flow
Water contrast therapy is used today and involves alternating between hot and cold baths. Hot water draws blood to the surface, activating sweat glands and eliminating toxins. Cold water drives blood away from the surface and has an invigorating effect. Alternating hot and cold water baths can reduce inflammation and stimulate blood flow and lymphatic drainage. Water therapy in a jacuzzican involve bathing in natural springs, which may have water with special qualities, doing exercises in a hydrotherapy pool, or simply taking a shower, bath or sitz bath (a small basin that you sit in with legs dangling outside so that the water covers only your lower abdomen, groin and upper thighs).
Improves circulation in the alimentary canal
Naturopaths and physiotherapists have taken up many of Kneipp’s ideas to treat all manner of ailments. For example, hot-and-cold water treatments may be used to improve circulation in the digestive area; sitz baths are useful for problems in the pelvic region or haemorrhoids; sprays of hot water and whirlpool spa baths may have a beneficial effect on back, joint or period pain. A naturopath or physiotherapist may refer you for specific hydrotherapy treatments, depending on the disorder. Treatments are readily available at natural hot springs and in health retreats and spas. You can also practice hydrotherapy simply at home, for example with an Epsom salts bath, which induces perspiration and is useful for rheumatic conditions, colds and flu.