Hydrotherapy:- Home Treatment

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Hydrotherapy:- Home Treatment

Hydrotherapy, formerly called hydropathy is the use of water to heal, maintain, and restore health. Hydrotherapy is the most beneficial system of restoring normal functions in the body. Hydrotherapy treatments include enema, hip bath, the full sheet pack, local wet packs, steam-bath, hot foot bath, spinal bath, localized fomentation by steam, sponge bath, etc.

There is a physiological basis to hydrotherapy. It is used for people recovering from serious injuries, with joint problems and physical disabilities. Hydrotherapy treatments are often given at health recommended as home treatments. Various forms of hydrotherapy have been recorded in ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations. A hydropathic establishment is a place where people receive hydropathic treatment

There are different ways of treatment in Hydrotherapy.

Sitz bath:

Also known as a ‘hip bath’. Sitz bath is very useful in stimulating the liver, kidney pain, intestines, stomach, hemorrhoids and also for ailments affecting the urinary and genital organs.

There are two baths present, one filled with hot water and the other with cold. The person sits in one tub with your feet in the other tub, and then alternate.

Steam baths:

Steam baths are used to opening of skin pores. It has a cleansing and refreshing effect and reactivating the circulation of the blood.

Compresses: –

Towels or sheets are soaked in hot or cold water.

Wraps: –

The person is being lying down, enveloped in cold wet sheets. The person is then covered with dry towels and then blankets. These are left in place until the inner sheet has dried and the coverings are then removed.

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