Hydrotherapy involves the use of water to treat certain conditions. Massage is just one form of hydrotherapy that can have benefits for specific health problems. What are some uses for hydrotherapy massage?
Hydrotherapy massage may be used by itself or in combination with other forms of hydrotherapy such as Balneotherapy, or the use of mineral-infused water. Hydrotherapy massage can be done with the use of pressurized water applied to specific areas or overall such as in a whirlpool bath. Hydrotherapy massage uses a combination of heat and pressure with the use of water.
Dry hydrotherapy massage is also available by use of a bed or special table. A rubber barrier keeps the patient dry while jets of water move up and down the body. This allows for the benefits of a water massage without the patient getting wet.
Massage by hydrotherapy may be beneficial to those whose skin or muscles are sensitive to traditional forms of massage. Sufferers of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome who are too sensitive to traditional massage methods may wish to try a gentler hydrotherapy massage to help with relaxation, pain management and sleep problems.
Hydrotherapy massage can reduce stress. The combination of heat and massaging jets of water can promote relaxation and even help promote sleep for some users. This effect is seen more frequently in submersion methods such as in the use of whirlpool baths.
Water massage therapy can help in pain management. Being submersed in water reduces pressure on joints. Heated water and pressure can increase blood flow to sore muscles. Hydrotherapy massage may even reduce pressure on nerves that lead to feelings of pain.
There are many reasons to choose hydrotherapy massage over traditional massage. Pressurized water is gentler than a traditional massage but offers the same benefits. Whirlpool baths are offered in many areas including at a physical therapist and at some health clubs. Submersion in warm water may be more relaxing than a traditional massage. Hydrotherapy massage can even be done in the home with hand-held shower attachments.
Although most patients can benefit from hydrotherapy massage, certain people should take caution and only use under the advice of a physician. Those who may incur risks from water therapy massage include pregnant women and those with other medical problems due to excessive exposure to water that may be too hot.
If you are looking for a massage therapy, ask your doctor about the benefits of hydrotherapy massage.
THIS ARTICLE IS FOR INFORMATOINAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT MEANT TO GIVE ADVICE ON TREATING ANY MEDICAL CONDITION. SEE YOUR DOCTOR FOR TREATMENT OPTIONS.
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