Water is a necessity, something that we could not live without. Our body needs it to perform its physiologic processes; it is also being used as an energy source mechanical or electrical and the list goes on. There is no question about the significance of water in our lives. Water, in relation to medicine, dates back to the days of Hippocrates who suggested bathing in spring waters to treat illnesses. Hydrotherapy has been present as early as 1829 but has only achieved noticeable popularity during these recent times.

There are different forms of hydrotherapy, here are some of them:

1) Hot Air Baths

Hot air baths, these are now more commonly known as saunas. They use temperatures ranging from 50 ° C to 100 ° C but usually use 66 ° C for curative purposes. Therapeutic sauna has been shown to aid adaptation, reduce stress hormones, lower blood pressure and improve cardiovascular conditions.

A few of its benefits include pain relief from arthritis. It is also used for treating respiratory problems such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. It revives tired and strained muscles after physical exertion. Another plus is the cleansing effect of profuse perspiration produces a healthy and clear complexion.

2) Sauna

Prolonged stay in saunas may cause heatstroke, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Perspiration is a normal body mechanism however, if the heat is already unbearable or if you feel faint, go outside and have a glass of cold water and have a cool shower, perhaps. A session is about 10 minutes a time in the sauna, followed by full short cold showers, to 5 minutes depending on the time of year, repeated 3 times daily. Sauna services are usually priced at $ 25.

3) Hydrotherapy Baths

Hydrotherapy makes use of a Hydrotherapy Tub. This detoxifies your body of wastes due to the hot water. Warm water is very soothing and reduces stress. Stress, can increase an individual's perception of pain and could also cause muscle tightening. Soaking in warm bath can ease pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis or a soft tissue injury.

A warm bath increases circulation, which promotes healing and loosens up tense muscles. Some spas enhance the soothing properties of warm water by adding essential oils to the water and / or listening to recorded music or sounds of nature. Additional services like body scrubs go well before this treatment. However, these vary from one facility to the next. Currently, prices start at $ 60 at most high end spas.

Hydrotherapy beds and chairs are also establishing its therapeutic benefits. It is a form of hydrotherapy that uses the combination of water, heat and massage to provide a comforting and relaxing experience for the user. Water is being used to perform deep tissue massage.

Mechanical water massages use heat, buoyancy and massage to suit your relaxation needs. The rhythmic pressure of water (usually run by jets) increases circulation and relieves tension.

4) Watsu
A type of water massage wherein you float in a state of deep relaxation while being supported at the surface of warm water. As you float, you are massaged through gentle, yoga-like stretches. The benefits of watsu include decreased heart rate, decreased respiration rate, increased depth of respiration, increased peripheral vasodilatation, increased smooth muscle activity (digestion), decreased activation of striated muscles (skeletal), decreased muscle spasms, enhanced immune system response. Price for one hour massage is about $ 95.