What is Hydrotherapy

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Hydrotherapy is the use of water to maintain health, sooth pains or treat injuries and diseases that is probably the oldest form of medical treatment used by many cultures, including those from ancient Egypt, Rome, China and Japan. Egyptian royalty bathed with herbs and flowers while Romans had communal baths for their citizens.

Water would ‘dissolve, remove and strengthen’. Dissolve matter-containing disease in the body, remove diseased matter form the body and strengthen the body by restoring cleansed blood in the tissues and maximizing blood circulation.

水疗属于物理疗法的一类。用各种不同温度、压力、成分的水,以不同形式和方法(浸、冲、擦、淋洗)作用于人体全身或局部进行预防和治疗疾病的方法。水的比热和热容量均很大,携带热能较易。其传热的方式有传导和对流两种。水除传热作用外,并有机械作用,如浮力、压力和水流、水射流的冲击作用。水又可溶解各种物质、药物,这些溶质也可起治疗作用。水疗法可以单独应用或用于综合治疗。

水疗简便易行,不像药物疗法那样副作用较多,也不像矿泉疗法受疗养地点、环境、条件的限制。水疗时应按病情需要决定所浴的温度、方法及药物,如高温全身淀粉浸浴。临床常用浸浴治疗植物神经功能失调、神经官能症、全身性皮肤病、关节炎等,漩涡浴水中运动治疗运动功能障碍、神经系统疾病,淋浴、喷射浴、冷水浴多用于增强体质。