Simply put, hydrotherapy is the use of water to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being. Hot tubs use powerful jets of warm water and air to massage the neck, shoulders, lumbar, legs and feet. The combination of immersion, heat and hydromassage improves blood circulation, reduces muscle tension, promotes relaxation and offers a variety of health benefits.
Kills stress and promotes relaxation
One of the most popular benefits of hydrotherapy is relaxation especially in some jacuzzi tubs. The clean, warm, bubbling water and targeted massage combine to create a multilayered sensory experience. Many people also practice some form of relaxation discipline during hydrotherapy, such as focused breathing, visualization or progressive muscle relaxation. By adding elements of spa therapy, like aromatherapy, chromotherapy, music therapy and oxygen skin therapy, it facilitates even deeper levels of relaxation. Relaxation is more than simply absence from work. It involves freedom from tension and anxiety and is a regenerative experience that improves your mood. Stress, on the other hand, triggers physiological defence mechanisms. Ancient instincts that used to protect humans from saber-toothed tigers and marauding warriors now react to a flood of modern triggers. Driving in traffic, watching the evening news, even the ding of an incoming text message is enough to trigger a stress response. Over time, this stress adds up and is potentially damaging to your overall health and wellness. So it’s important to set aside time and experience the healing benefits of relaxation, especially as you get older.
Hydrotherapy promotes healthy living and helps your body recalibrate. Soaking nightly at a consistent time helps to reset your internal clock and induce the body’s natural sleep mechanics. This may be especially important if you’ve become dependent on sleeping pills or other methods to fall sleep. Of course, before adjusting prescription medication or making other changes you should consult a healthcare provider. According to the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation, effective coping strategies may include “taking hot or cold baths, massage, acupressure or relaxation techniques.” By combining these strategies, hydrotherapy is a logical choice.