If you’re suffering from sore muscles, joint pain, or other ailments that are making your life harder than it needs to be, you may want to consider hydrotherapy. At Bullfrog Spas OKC, we’ve seen the benefits of hydrotherapy and how it can improve your quality of life.
What is Hydrotherapy?
Simply put, hydrotherapy uses water to treat disease and other ailments which keep you from feeling your best. Hydrotherapy, also known as aquatic therapy, has been part of traditional medicine systems for hundreds of years and is used to soothe muscle aches and mobilize stiff joints.
How Does It Work?
Hydrotherapy uses water, both hot and cold, to stimulate different reactions in the body. The cold water invigorates and helps reduce inflammation and swelling. Whereas the warm water helps to improve circulation and eases joint pain. By applying a warm and cold compress, or better yet, soaking in a warm bath or hot tub, you can reduce muscle tension through low impact exercise and gentle stretches.
Types of Hydrotherapy
While soaking in a hot tubs or warm bath are the more popular forms of hydrotherapy treatments, there are other types as well. Some of the many different forms of hydrotherapy include:
- Cold water treatments
- Ice packs
- Mineral springs
- Hot springs
- Wet towel applications
- Water exercises
- Water massage
Finding the right treatment for your needs is important as the type of treatment can cause adverse effects.
How Hydrotherapy Can Help You
Hydrotherapy can be used to help treat many illnesses or conditions. It is an especially excellent way to relieve or reduce sudden or long-lasting pain. If you suffer from arthritis or other joint, muscle, and nerve problems, the use of aquatic therapy can help immensely.
You can also use hydrotherapy to help treat depression, headaches, sleep disorders, stomach problems, asthma, and stress. There have been more recent studies showing hydrotherapy is beneficial in the rehabilitation of stroke and trauma patients as well.
Other reports show improved blood sugar levels in diabetic patients, lower blood pressure, and reduced symptoms of multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, scoliosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and bursitis.
The Benefits of Hydrotherapy
Beyond being used for relaxation and to maintain your state of good health, hydrotherapy has many other benefits as well. Participating in hydrotherapy:
- Improves function of internal organs through stimulation of blood supply
- Enhances circulation and increases endorphins
- Increases the metabolic rate as well as digestion activity
- Loosens tense muscles and encourages relaxation
- Boosts the immune system and allows it to function more efficiently
- Hydrates body cells that consequently improve skin and muscle tone
- Supplies fresh nutrients and oxygen to the body, increasing the elimination of waste
Contact us today for more information on hydrotherapy and how it can help improve your overall health and well-being.