04 May HYDROTHERAPY
Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of different conditions, including CVA, back pain, spinal problems, arthritis and related rheumatic complaints. Hydrotherapy differs from swimming because it involves special exercises that you do in a warm-water pool. The water temperature is usually 30–36ºC, which is warmer than a typical swimming pool
Scientific studies have shown that hydrotherapy can improve strength and general fitness in people with various types of physical conditions that affect their wellbeing and health. The exercises can be tailored to your individual needs, so you can start slowly and gradually build up your strength and flexibility.
The extra support that the water provides may make you feel like you can do more exercise than normal, so be careful not to overdo it. The exercise and the warmth of the water may make you feel tired after treatment, but this is quite normal
Advantages of Aquatic Therapy/Hydrotherapy for Neurological Conditions
Hydrotherapy increases blood circulation, including circulation of the immune system’s white blood cells. Hydrotherapy also increases the body’s production of endogenous opioid peptides, particularly endorphins. Enhanced circulation and increased endorphins strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation, heal injured tissue, improve well-being and energize the body. Hydrotherapy also supplies fresh nutrients and oxygen to injured tissue and helps with the removal of waste products. In injuries alternate applications of heat and cold accelerate healing by improving blood vessel integrity and muscle tone. Heat causes peripheral (surface) blood vessels to dilate or expand. Cold causes peripheral blood vessels to constrict and drives blood.