Water has been used as a method for healing for centuries. “Hydrotherapy” is Greek and means “water healing” – if you have a hot tub at home then you could also have access to this wonderfully effective form physical therapy.
What are the benefits of hydrotherapy?
Water provides a far safer environment for therapy and exercise in many ways. Buoyancy helps to support joints and limbs while the warmth of the water and the water pressure add a lot of value when it comes to enhancing the benefits of this kind of healing. When the human body is immersed in warm water, the surface blood vessels start to expand helping muscles to relax. Skin temperature rises, which can also have a very positive effect in soothing any muscle spasm or pain. The water pressure acts to reduce swelling in the body by helping to move bodily fluid away from a swollen area. Plus, the buoyancy of the water reduces impact and means that any problems with balance don’t need to be a consideration.
What can hydrotherapy help with?
Hydrotherapy is incredibly soothing for a tired body and can work to make you feel better, to reduce the swelling in ankles or legs after a busy day and generally to help with relaxation. It’s also a very effective option for tackling other conditions and general wellness too. For example:
- Post-operative rehabilitation. Recovery from any number of conditions can be optimised with hydrotherapy, including elbow dysplasia or a hip replacement.
- Stress. Hydrotherapy may help to slow down the body’s reaction to stress. It can also be used to lower blood pressure and improve relaxation to relieve anxiety.
- Injured muscles. When the body is immersed in warm water, circulation is improved and this can help to get the blood flowing to the parts of the body that need it the most. Improved circulation can have a positive impact on injured or damaged muscles and joints.
- Detoxification. The heat of hydrotherapy is ideal for detoxifying. Sweating is the primary way that the body eliminates toxins so hydrotherapy can help to cleanse and detoxify.
- Boosting the immune system. The positive effects of hydrotherapy include the increased blood flow and circulation of white blood cells. This allows a fluid called lymph to be more effectively transported around the body – lymph contains infection-fighting white blood cells.
Hot tubs and hydrotherapy
Having a hot tub at home is a great way to bring the benefits of hydrotherapy into your house. Hot tubs are widely recognised as, not just a great way to wind down and relax, but also an effective option for home physical therapy. In fact, many models – such as our Serenity hot tubs - have been designed in conjunction with physiotherapists and osteopaths to give you a perfect balance of massage variety and hydrotherapy. Natural buoyancy and invigorating and pulsating jet streams provide support and relaxation with all the benefits of hydrotherapy.
If you’d like to find out more about which of our hot tubs is the most suitable for you, please get in touch today on 0208 300 4003.