Hydrotherapy is a therapy technique that uses water to treat symptoms like pain, stiffness, swelling and bruising. Doctors recommend hydrotherapy for many different conditions, such as:
- Cerebral palsy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson's disease
Benefits of Hydrotherapy
You can use hydrotherapy as part of your treatment or symptom management plan. It can also be paired with a physical therapy regimen to help you recover from an injury or surgery.
Here are eight benefits of hydrotherapy.
1. Reduces Pain
There are many benefits of hydrotherapy for pain relief. Warm water can relieve pain in muscles and connective tissues by easing pain signals, relaxing muscles and increasing blood flow.
2. Relieves Arthritis Symptoms
People with arthritis may find relief from hydrotherapy. The benefits of hydrotherapy for arthritis include improved joint function, reduced pain and lower oxidative stress.
3. Boosts Immunity
Since exercise naturally improves the immune system, hydrotherapy can be a great way to get much-needed exercise without straining the joints and other parts of the body. Cooler water can also help stimulate white blood cell and lymphatic fluid production and circulation, providing your immune system with the vital components it needs to help you stay healthy.
4. Serves as Low-Impact Exercise
Some people cannot do on-land exercise because it puts too much stress on their joints, or they might have balance issues. Aquatic exercise — working out in the water — is low impact because the water provides extra support to relieve tension in your limbs and enhance mobility in your joints. You can exercise and move around more than you'd be able to on land.
5. Helps With Recovery From Workouts
After a hard workout, you may find hydrotherapy in your softub delays and reduces muscle soreness. The hot water encourages your muscles to relax and your body temperature to increase. The higher temperature encourages blood flow and circulation to heal tissues and rehabilitate damaged joints and muscles. Some athletes use contrast hydrotherapy by alternating between hot and cold water.
6. Relieves Pain From Pregnancy and Childbirth
Pregnancy can cause aches and pains, and hydrotherapy can help relieve the discomfort. Hydrotherapy can also be worked into water birth to reduce pain during childbirth and encourage relaxation.
7. Improves Mental Health
The benefits of hydrotherapy for mental health are numerous. Hydrotherapy can trigger the release of endorphins to naturally reduce stress and anxiety. Spending time in the water can also release muscle tension and improve your mood.
8. Promotes Relaxation
Besides these other physical and mental benefits, hydrotherapy can benefit everyone because it's relaxing. The warm temperature can ease muscle tension and help you unwind, so your body and mind will feel better after a soak in your softub.
Order a Softub for Hydrotherapy Today
Hydrotherapy is easy to start — all you need is a softub to soak in hot water. Softubs are a great way to start hydrotherapy from the comfort of your home. Evergreen Softub and Sauna has many softubs to choose from. Our softubs are easy to set up and use a standard outlet, so you can start your hydrotherapy regimen in no time.
Order your softub today or contact us to learn more!