Hydrotherapy
 
  • Sebastian Kneipp father of hydrotherapy, cured TB by bathing in Danube river
  • Hydrotherapy describes the therapeutic use of water as healing agent.
    • Cold Water: Decreases circulation and numbs the area.
    • Hot Water: Relaxes muscles & increases circulation.
    • Alternating hot/cold water: Stimulates blood flow – increasing oxygen and, therefore, nutritional supply to cells.
    • Applications: Compresses, wraps, foot baths, steam baths, sauna.
    • Internally: acts as solvent & carrier (nutrients into cells & wastes out).
  • Water Treading: Alternating hot and cold-water treatments.