Hydrotherapy – an Effective and Natural Therapy for Pain Relief

“Hydro” means water and “therapy” means treatment. So, the use of water for the treatment of different conditions like arthritis and related complaints is called Hydrotherapy. It is different from swimming because in hydrotherapy you are made to do special exercises in a warm-water pool which helps getting relief from some painful condition. The water temperature is maintained at 26-30 oC, which is quite warmer than a typical swimming pool. Usually, hydrotherapy treatment is a part of the hospital’s physiotherapy department. A physiotherapist with special training demonstrates how to do the exercises. The intensity and frequency of the exercises are adjusted to help your range of movement or strength, depending on your conditions. For what conditions is Hydrotherapy used? Hydrotherapy is beneficial, no matter how many of your joints are affected. It is sometimes recommended if you had joint replacement surgery or if you are suffering from back pain, psoriatic arthritis, spondylitis, and osteoarthritis. It can be used for many other conditions too. How does Hydrotherapy work? Hydrotherapy works in different ways to relieve your joints and muscle pain: The water supports body weight, which helps in relieving pain and increases the range of movement of your joints. The warmth of the water helps your muscles to relax and reduces the pain in the muscles and joints, helping you to exercise and move better. The water provides resistance to moving your joints. When you push your arms and legs against the water, it helps in improving your muscle strength. How effective is Hydrotherapy? Scientific research has shown that hydrotherapy can improve general fitness and strength in people with various...