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Dr. David Hardin
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Hydrotherapy (Overview)

Hydrotherapy programs use water treatments, often at health spas, to revitalize, maintain, and restore health. Such treatments help manipulate the movement of blood within the body. They can be offered via saunas, steam baths, foot baths, and cold and hot water compresses.


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Is hydrotherapy safe?

Is hydrotherapy safe?

YES: Hydrotherapy is physical therapy conducted in water, which is gravity eliminating and helps a person to move their limbs and body more easily, while supplying gentle resistence to encourage gradual strengthening. It can be unsafe if you have multiple sclerosis where warm water can lead to further weakness, but only temporary. Another form of hydrotherapy is a water jet to debride ulcers. Also safe. ...Read more

Dr. David Hardin
75 doctors shared insights

Hydrotherapy (Overview)

Hydrotherapy programs use water treatments, often at health spas, to revitalize, maintain, and restore health. Such treatments help manipulate the movement of blood within the body. They can be offered via saunas, steam baths, foot baths, and cold and hot water compresses.


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How common is hydrotherapy?

How common is hydrotherapy?

Which type of: hydrotherapy? There are many types of hydrotherapy practiced in Europe and some forms practiced in the US. ...Read more

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What is so special about hydrotherapy?

What is so special about hydrotherapy?

Which type?: A huge definition range: whirlpool, hot tubs, hot springs, pool therapy, cold baths. Overall the greatest use would be relaxation. But pools allow weight removed exercize and lowest impact aerobics. Possibly as a carrier for herbal/aroma therapy. Wound care: only to clean a dirty wound once. Be cautious of temp. In any use(neuropathy or raynauds risks) discuss it with a physiatrist for more. ...Read more

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What are the healings from hydrotherapy ?

What are the healings from hydrotherapy ?

See below: Hydrotherapy works by relaxing muscles, increasing blood flow to injured tissues and also allowinig someone to exercise without the effects of gravity. It is very useful for elderly people with multiple joints affected by arthritis. It is not a "cure" for anything but is an adjunctive treatment in a overall rehabilitation plan. ...Read more

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Can hydrotherapy cold showers in the morning help?

There are many: types of hydrotherapy in Europe. What condition were you looking to address? ...Read more

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Is it true that hydrotherapy risky for long term problems?

It can be: Anything unconventional, non-scientific can only do you harm. Why do you want to go thru something like this?. No decent physician will advise you to do this. It can only do you harm. ...Read more

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Hydrotherapy (cold showers in the morning), is this benefitial?

Hydrotherapy (cold showers in the morning), is this benefitial?

Doubtful: No studies to show that cold showers are either beneficial or problematic. If you feel better as the result of the cold shower go ahead and take them. ...Read more

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What is hydrotherapy and how does it relate to gout?

What is hydrotherapy and how does it relate to gout?

Water therapy: Hydrotherapy is using circulating water to help reduce swelling and improve circulation. I have not ever used it for treating gout but i would say a cold water bath would help reduce the pain and swelling. ...Read more

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What is so special about hydrotherapy pools for rehab?

What is so special about hydrotherapy pools for rehab?

Good: It reduces gravity and so body weight and provide gentle resistance which is what you want while having rehab. It also increases circulation and decreases stiffness as water temp is higher than environment. ...Read more