Aqua hydrotherapy is used to relieve discomfort and help people heal their bodies by performing low-impact exercises in water. This treatment has been practised by medical professionals for hundreds of years. It is an integral part of numerous medical disciplines and has been shown to have a myriad of positive benefits that relieve discomfort and promote your overall well-being.
Many people think of hydrotherapy as something that happens only in nursing homes. And while it’s true that elderly persons benefit greatly from this, it is used in a number of other cases as well, especially for injury rehabilitation. Cold hydrotherapy is typically used to stimulate and energise the body, while hot hydrotherapy is used to calm and soothe. Many people benefit from alternating between the two types of hydrotherapy treatment.
Aqua hydrotherapy has been effective at treating a number of ailments including:
- Arthritic joints
- Sports injuries
- Back pain
- Orthopaedic conditions
- Neurological conditions
- Joint reconstructions and replacements
Here are 5 ways that aqua hydrotherapy can benefit your overall well-being.
1. Reduction in muscle tension
The “weightlessness” that water provides your body works to relieve tension in your limbs. This eases your movements and supports muscles that are feeling pain. Warm water also works to reduce muscle tension. This also helps to increase your flexibility.
2. Pain relief
Hydrotherapy catalyses the release of certain endorphins that act as a natural pain reliever. The hydrostatic pressure of the water also works to reduce swelling. Many people experience reduced pain symptoms from this therapy.
3. Injury rehabilitation
Immersing the body in warm water raises the body temperature. This increases your blood flow and improves your circulation. This helps to heal injured tissue and rehabilitate damaged joints and muscles. You are also able to perform various movements and exercises in the water that you can’t on land, which expedites the healing process.
4. Immune system boost
The increase in blood flow helps circulate white blood cells and delivers lymph (an immune system fluid that helps filter undesirable substances from your body) around your body at. This boosts your overall immune system and helps you fight off illnesses.
5. Stress relief
Hydrotherapy also decreases your blood pressure caused by stress and slows down your body’s reaction to anxiety. The endorphins released help to calm your body and mind.
Aqua hydrotherapy is a great way to rehabilitate injuries in a low-impact manner and improve your overall health. Hoys Allied Health + Wellness offers 1:1 classes as well as group sessions in Coffs Harbour or Sawtell.