Hydrotherapy, formerly called hydropathy and also called water cure, is a part of alternative medicine (particularly naturopathy), occupational therapy, and physiotherapy, that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment. The term encompasses a broad range of approaches and therapeutic methods that take advantage of the physical properties of water, such as temperature and pressure, for therapeutic purposes, to stimulate blood circulation and treat the symptoms of certain diseases.
Various therapies used in the present-day hydrotherapy employ water jets, underwater massage and mineral baths (e.g. balneotherapy, Iodine-Grine therapy, Kneipp treatments, Scotch hose, Swiss shower, thalassotherapy) or whirlpool bath, hot Roman bath, hot tub, Jacuzzi, cold plunge and mineral bath.
1) A complete toxin cleanse
Water has an amazing detoxifying effect on you as it easily flushes out toxins and maintains the pH balance of your body. Regularly practicing water therapy can do wonders for your skin by minimising acne and blemishes. It also improves your kidney functions by diluting toxins, making them easier for the kidneys to process.
2) Cures constipation
When you practice water therapy, you ready your stomach to fully absorb all the nutrients from the food you eat through the day. This leads to the proper breakdown and digestion of food making bowel movements easier and thereby preventing bloating and constipation. Water therapy results in a thorough wash out of your gastrointestinal tract, cleaning your digestive system of all toxic matter and getting it ready for the rest of the day.
3) Promotes weight loss
Adequate water intake not only improves digestion but also regulates your appetite. Often, you misinterpret your body’s signals of thirst for hunger and end up overeating. Water therapy helps you meet your body’s water requirement more effectively, thereby preventing you from eating more food than you need. Additionally, drinking water aids in new cell generation leading to muscle growth and weight loss.
4) Prevents dehydration
Many diseases are complex symptoms of dehydration. Often doctors misinterpret those secondary symptoms as unrelated diseases. Some of the diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, hypertension, sinusitis, kidney stones, asthma and irregular menstruation. Water therapy helps in preventing and curing these diseases and improves your overall health and well-being. Also, water therapy helps you stay energized throughout the day by maintaining your water reserves and preventing dehydration.