A brief history of Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy has existed in various forms since ancient times and was probably used even before the earliest documented history. Cultures in ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece, the Roman Empire, and China all practiced hydrotherapy in some form or another. Their traditions varied to some degree. Some bathed in water treated with essential oils, some looked for therapy in communal baths for the public, and some devised ways to bring warm water hydrotherapy to smaller more personalized pools or vessels. Ancient hydrotherapy was sometimes referred to as the water cure early medical practitioners used this to treat a variety of maladies. Many early hydrotherapists prescribed hydrotherapy as a medicinal treatment for physical ailments, for emotional and mental healing, as a means for promoting overall health and wellness and as a way to achieve balance across an individual’s physical, mental and spiritual life.

Hydrotherapy. What is it?

Hydrotherapy is the practice of using warm water immersion, such as soaking in a hot tub or spa, to help treat a wide range of ailments such as high blood pressure, anxiety, aching joints, and sore muscles. Hydrotherapy for arthritis in particular is often recommended by physicians, as it helps alleviate many of the symptoms of arthritis. Many people with active lifestyles take advantage of the many hydrotherapy benefits it reduces post-workout soreness, aids in muscle recovery, and is often used in physical therapy.­

What are the health benefits of Hydrotherapy?

At its most basic level, hydrotherapy can help relieve stress and assist people to relax and let go of worry. Hydrotherapy also reduces aches and pains including sore muscles, and joint stiffness.

After 8 weeks, there will be substantial reductions in visible plaquing and symptoms compared to the control. 


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