What is hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy, as can be deduced from the name, is a type of treatment that is carried out inside a swimming pool or, more generally, in an aquatic environment under the supervision of specialized personnel.
Benefits of hydrotherapy
Since the time of Phidias and Aristotle, the positive effects of water on our body have been known and, for this reason, it was used as a method to relax and stay healthy: Hippocrates himself recommended baths in spring waters to heal oneself. But the spa tradition is also long: the naturally warm waters relieve chronic pain and help the skin to purify itself. By combining the knowledge of tradition with the discoveries of modernity and new technologies, hydrotherapy is born.
It differs from the thermal bath because it can be carried out in both hot and cold water and is not limited to immersion, but involves a series of exercises to be carried out that can be aimed at relaxing the muscles involved, or strengthening them (for example by counteracting tension. liquid). In essence, it is physiotherapy in all respects.
When to choose hydrotherapy
There are several conditions and ailments that can be treated with water therapies, including arthritis, chronic pain, depression, post-operative recovery, lower back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, scoliosis and more.
What makes hydrotherapy an ideal treatment regardless of age is precisely the presence of water: thanks to this element, in fact, many patients are able to perform rehabilitation exercises that, on dry land, they would not be able to complete. The recovery experience thus becomes less painful for the patient and also faster: in this way the results do not take too long and the person can improve the quality of life more easily.
Precisely for this reduction of pain during exercises, hydrotherapy is a suitable treatment for all those professional athletes who want to quickly recover their physical performance after an operation. In fact, water therapy can be started well before physiotherapy because, thanks to the buoyancy, the stresses on the injured part are reduced.
When to avoid hydrotherapy
Although, as just mentioned, hydrotherapy is really suitable for everyone, there are cases in which it is better to avoid this type of treatment. For example, in case of high fever, open wounds, incontinence, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), allergy to chlorine or bromine, Hepatitis A, serious fear of water.
Care should be taken if you are taking any medications that alter the state of consciousness. As always, before proceeding it is always good to ask your doctor for advice.
How does the hydrotherapy treatment take place?
There are different types of treatment when it comes to Hydrotherapy, here are some of them.
Hydrotherapy - Ai Chi
A technique coming from the Far East that combines Tai-Chi with Shiatsu and Watsu techniques with the aim of strengthening and relaxing the body. Exercises at this juncture range from deep breathing to involving all parts of the body. With this technique it is possible to improve one's ability to move and increase the consumption of calories, not to mention the beneficial effects it has on mental stress.
Hydrotherapy - Aqua running
This is the water race. A floating belt supports the upper part of the body outside the surface of the pool in which the exercise is carried out, while the run is carried out on a fully immersed treadmill.
This therapy is especially recommended for athletes who want to recover their mobility without straining the joints but, in reality, it is also used by overweight people because it allows you to burn calories with low aerobic exercises.
In the case of professionals, however, the exercise can be made more complex through systems that create a current of water opposite to the motion, so that the effort of the muscle serves not only to overcome the tension of the liquid, but also to counter its strength.
Hydrotherapy - Free body in the water
In the event that by hydrotherapy we mean all those exercises related to the world of fitness but carried out in water, the training session is divided into four phases:
- Warm-up: prepares the body for physical activity with simple, low-impact exercises aimed at warming up upper and lower muscles. It generally includes a stretch and a brisk walk section.
- Cardiovascular activities: LIIT (low intensity interval training) or HIIT (high intensity interval training) sessions
- Core workout: about 30 minutes of exercises to strengthen legs, arms, shoulders, back.
- Cooling down: stretching exercises are repeated to stretch and relax the muscles after the workout session. Then you can use a swimming pool equipped with jets to close the workout with a deep massage that prevents the formation of lactic acid.
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How soon can I see and feel the first results?
It is difficult to give a precise estimate of how long it takes to start feeling the benefits of water therapy: it depends, in fact, on the condition for which the treatments are being carried out and their frequency. In principle, the first benefits can be felt after 6/8 sessions.