Hydrotherapy has a long tradition of use for many areas of health and wellness and continues to be utilized today. Cold-water dips have become increasingly popular for improving energy, mental clarify, mood, and vitality.
There are several methods of utilizing the medicinal properties of water. One of the most beneficial procedures involves alternating between hot and cold water temperatures. When exposed to warm or hot water, the blood vessels in the body dilate and expand. Alternatively, when surrounded by cold water, blood vessels constrict. Alternating between these two states results in a repetitive dilation and constriction of blood vessels, which dramatically stimulates circulation. The result is an increase in nutrient flow to tissues in the body, along with more efficient removal of waste.
Benefits of hydrotherapy include:
- Improved circulation
- Accelerated healing
- Increased energy and mental clarity
- Immune system support
Hydrotherapy can be incorporated into daily activities such as alternating hot and cold water temperatures in the shower. Buckets or containers can also be used, especially when targeting hands and feet. Adding Epsom salts to the warm water can be a wonderful addition for facilitating therapeutic muscle relaxation. Nature’s baths, such as lakes and slow-moving rivers can also be utilized.
Disclaimer: This information is meant to be general and for informational purposes only. It is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Caution should always be used to only contact safe water temperatures to prevent burning, numbness, or other undesirable effects from extreme temperatures. Hydrotherapy may not be suitable for everyone. Please contact your healthcare provider to determine if it is a good fit for you.