The International SPA Association (ISPA) defines hydrotherapy as a general term for water therapies using a variety of forms and uses. Water therapy in the form of underwater massage, mineral baths (for example, Swiss shower, thalassotherapy, blaneotherapy, Scotch hose) and through using jets. It could also be a hot Roman pool, a whirlpool bath, hot tub, Jacuzzi, mineral bath, cold plunge, or the use of computerized heated water massage bed (SpaBed or Hydrother brands), or the use of of hot or cold packs. All of the methods use the physical properties water, like temperature and pressure, in this case for therapeutic purposes to stimulate the circulation of blood and toxins for the treatment of symptoms of certain diseases and general well being.
For intents and purposes of this article, we use two of the aforementioned forms. Since we treat many people for many conditions – we’ve treated over 5,000 clients at this office alone – most of our clients receive either hot or cold packs, depending on their condition, and if they are in pain, or just looking for stress relief. We will focus on the use of general hot/cold packs in a more specific manner on another post.
Our other type of water therapy – and the one this entire website was made in the first place for – is a form of therapy using the means of a hydrotherapy bed. The client lies, fully clothed usually, on a thin latex or other pliant material. This material separates heated water, which can be felt the entire surface area of the area of the body making contact with it through the five jets spaced to reach the cervical (neck), the thoracic, the lumbar, and any other areas above, below, or in between. The intensity of how strong the water feels can also be adjusted by the computerized hand-held controller, which can also turn off water flow to areas not wanted treated by the client. Overall, it can help improve the function of the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems, improve circulation and breathing, and is an ideal adjunct therapy for emotional and mental stress that all of us have to deal with on a daily, weekly, or longer basis.