Hydrotherapy involves exercising in water. The use of water for therapy has been around for hundreds of years, as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans, and forms an integral part in many traditional medicine systems. A hydrotherapy session usually includes a wide variety of exercise types. This may include stretching, strengthening, functional training, balance, core strengthening and cardiovascular fitness training.
How Does Hydrotherapy Work?
Hydrotherapy makes use of the mechanical and thermal effects of exercising in water - the body’s reaction to hot and cold stimuli, to the protracted application of heat, to the pressure exerted by the water, and to the sensation of the water itself.
When submerged in a body of water such as a bath or a pool, there is a kind of weightlessness, as the water relieves your body of much of the effects of gravity. Water also has a hydrostatic effect and has a massage-like feeling as the water gently kneads your body.