Hydrotherapy, or using water to heal, is one of the most popular treatments for aches and pains due to its simplicity and time-tested research. It is one of the best ways to relax and achieve wellness in a holistic, natural way. It can help relieve arthritis pain, muscle soreness, and much more.Scroll
What is Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy is the practice of using water to relieve pain and health-related issues. Hydrotherapy can be a soak in the jetted hot tub, a session in a steam room, or the application of hot and cold compresses.
Doctors and physical therapists often recommend hydrotherapy to their patients because it has been known around the world to have a soothing effect on problem areas like sore joints and muscles. Hydrotherapy can be done at the physician’s office, at a specialized center, or even in the comfort of your own home.
The History of Hydrotherapy
The use of water to maintain, regulate, and restore health is not a new idea. Ancient cultures used this precious liquid to promote health and cure and prevent diseases. Saunas, steam rooms, and spas are just a couple of examples of hydrotherapy practiced throughout history.
Many cultures have turned to water for its healing principles, but the idea of hydrotherapy really took hold when a Bavarian monk combined strategy, medicine, and water to create some of the hydrotherapy techniques used today. The monk claimed that his patients’ conditions and overall wellness improved after submerging themselves in water 2-3 times per week.
How Does Hydrotherapy Work?
There are many types of hydrotherapy treatments, each with its own set of benefits. Warm hydrotherapy, such as a hot tub bath, can help improve circulation and treat arthritis and sore muscles. Cold hydrotherapy, such as an ice bath, helps improve circulation to fatigued muscles. The body reacts to this stimuli in a restorative and regenerative way.
Who is Hydrotherapy Right For?
Hydrotherapy is right for anyone who wants to treat a muscle- or joint-related health issue, maintain their current health, or promote a healthy lifestyle. For active adults that love to work out, hydrotherapy can help relieve sore muscles faster, which helps speed up the recovery from a hard workout. Many professional athletes turn to ice baths or a sweat in a steam room right after their workout for optimal strength and less soreness.
Hydrotherapy is also great for older adults who may be prone to aches, pains, and soreness. A session in a hot steam sauna or a soak in a hot hydrotherapy tub can dissolve muscle tension and even prevent muscle and joint-related injuries from occurring. The increase in circulation and soothing effects of the water help calm inflammation, which is the source of most muscle and joint pain.
Hydrotherapy at Home
Since hydrotherapy is simply the practice of using water for health-related purposes, there are many ways to participate. Some of the most effective techniques include:
Hot and cold compresses
Both hot and cold compresses can be used as a form of hydrotherapy. Applying a small towel or cloth soaked in warm or hot water can help break up muscle tension and promote circulation. Applying a towel soaked in cold water is great for bringing down a fever or reducing swelling.
Water jets provide comfort to sore muscles, help organs function more efficiently, and promote relaxation. Similar to getting a massage, water jets can help knead out stubborn knots and enable you to target specific muscle areas. Our American Standard Walk-In Tubs come with our RevitaJet™ Whole Body Hydrotherapy System with 44 air and water jets. These massaging jets are strategically placed throughout the tub to target your back, legs, wrists and feet, all important pressure points when relieving pain, soothing tension and improving circulation.
Hot tubs and baths
Hot tubs and baths may be the most effective in-home hydrotherapy treatment. Submerging your body in warm or hot water increases your internal temperature, which results in improved blood flow. Hot tubs and baths also provide buoyancy, which takes your body weight off sore muscles and gives them a chance to recover.
Chromatherapy, Aromatherapy & Hydrotherapy
Users often combine hydrotherapy with other techniques, like chromatherapy, which is using light to create a mood, and aromatherapy, which combines therapeutic scents. For example, a warm bath and calming essential oils, like lavender or ylang-ylang, create a full-body relaxation experience.
To enjoy the many benefits of hydrotherapy in the comfort of your own home, consider installing a walk-in tub. A walk-in tub brings hydrotherapy into your daily routine by providing you with a nice, hot bath complete with water jets with adjustable massage strengths, targeted pressure point jets, built-in aromatherapy, and much more. American Standard Walk-In Tubs come equipped with many safety features, including a seat and closing door, which make it easy for everyone to enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy.
Give your body the quality care it deserves with an American Standard Walk-In Tub. Packed with features that take a bath from basic to luxurious, American Standard Walk-In Tubs have been a daily source of relaxation for those with limited mobility for years. Relax your muscles and your mind with confidence in a bath crafted specifically for your enjoyment and safety.
Schedule your in-home estimate today to discover the transformative benefits of hydrotherapy for yourself!