What is Hydrotherapy? A Beginner’s Guide

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If you’re looking for a natural way to improve your health and wellness, hydrotherapy is a way to relieve aches, pains and other common ailments. For centuries, people have used the power of warm water as a way to treat a whole host of conditions, mental and physical. But what exactly is hydrotherapy? And more importantly, how can it help you?

What is hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is just what it sounds like. While it can take many forms, at the most basic level, it’s the idea of using water immersion as a part of your health and wellness routine. Often, this involves using warm water, which is why hot tubs are commonly associated with the term hydrotherapy.

In the end, whether you’re stretching in a swimming pool or just letting the warm water of a hot tub work wonders for your body, if you’re using the power of water to improve your well-being, you’re practicing hydrotherapy.

Hydrotherapy benefits

Physical Wellness

If you’re experiencing daily stress, aches and pains from your daily routine, or other health related pain, you might benefit from adding hydrotherapy to your wellness regiment.

Daily muscle soreness can have a major impact on day to day life. Examples of this could include saying “no" to avoid plans that will cause pain to flare up or adjusting your gym routine Whatever the situation, sore muscles can prevent you from getting the most out of life. Adding hydrotherapy to your life can be a great solution to muscle soreness. The heat from hot water can help tight muscles relax [PDF], which can soothe muscle soreness and provide effective relief for those with chronic pain. A massage from a hot tub’s powerful jet system can take this therapy a step further by kneading muscles to reduce tension.

The buoyancy of water also takes weight off your skeletal system, easing the pressure on your joints. This can help relieve joint pain, and hot water immersion in particular can be used to alleviate the symptoms and pain from arthritis. That’s because the heat helps to open blood vessels, which in turn improves circulation, helping eliminate arthritis pain. Increased circulation also helps muscles recover faster after a hard workout. That’s why some people make hydrotherapy an important part of their exercise routine.

For those using hydrotherapy to rehab from an injury or a medical procedure like surgery, the low impact environment can be a safe and effective way to regain strength and range of motion.

Mental Wellness

Your mental health impacts your well-being and can impact your physical health as well. If you are regularly experiencing stress, whether at work or at home, you know how it can influence anxiety, brain fog, and cause a tense shoulders and neck. Hydrotherapy is a solution that can help combat the effects of stress and other mental health issues. Spending time soaking in a hot tub has been shown to bring the two subsystems of your autonomic nervous system into balance. This is similar to the state achieved during meditation and can help you process emotions more effectively, reducing stress and anxiety. Putting your phone and other devices away for an evening soak has also been shown to improve healthy sleep patterns so you wake up feeling rested and refreshed.

Since before the advent of the Roman baths, humans have been practicing hydrotherapy and enjoying all the wellness benefits it brings. But advances in modern technology have now made it easier than ever to access these therapeutic treatments. By adding a hot tub to your home, you can make hydrotherapy part of your daily routine. Stop into your nearest Caldera dealer and schedule a wet test today. Our experts can explain all the benefits of hydrotherapy and help you find the perfect spa to meet your health and wellness needs.

Interested in bringing the benefits of hydrotherapy into your home? Contact your local Caldera dealer or download a brochure today.

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