HYDROTHERAPY, also called aquatherapy or simply hydropathy. It is a branch of physiotherapy, a method of treatment that uses the external action of water in different states; liquid, solid and gas. The basis of hydrotherapy is a suitable temperature of water and appropriate hydrostatic pressure.
HYDROTHERAPEUTICAL TREATMENT MAYBE DIVIDED INTO:
Complete - when the body is immersed up to the neck.
Partial - when the body is immersed up to the height of the ribs, or hydrotherapy concerns only some part of the body e.g. a limb.
WITH REGARD TO TEMPERATURE, HYDROTHERAPY BATHS MAY BE DIVIDED INTO:
- cool 20-27°C - stimulating the pulse and breath
- lukewarm 28-33°C - toning the nervous system
- warm 34-37°C - soothing the body
- hot 37-42°C - permissible for persons with good circulation, recommended for neuralgias, protracted changes of gouty joints.
TEMPORARY INFLUENCE OF HYDROTHERAPY:
After 5 min - normalization of pressure and heart rate
After 10 min - improvement of peripheral circulation
After 15 min - relaxation of muscles, acceleration of metabolism
After 20 min - temporary diminution of pain.
Out of concern for the health of our customers, but also considering individual variabilities, it is important to remember about significant contra-indications. Keeping them in mind guarantees the proper functioning of our bodies. The main contra-indications in hydrotherapy are as follows:
Infections, thrombosis, tumors, ulcerations of shins and feet, diabetes and accompanying lacerations, irregular peripheral circulation, alcohol consumption, meals less than two hours before bathing.