Healthcare Perspectives - Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment known to man. It is the use of water, either internally or externally, in any of its forms, to maintain health and prevent disease. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used hydrotherapy extensively around 400 BC and his writings concerning baths are some of the earliest recorded on the therapeutic uses of water.

Hydrotherapy uses the buoyancy, temperature, and effects of the water's turbulence to speed recovery after surgeries, reduce pain and stress, muscle spasm and general discomfort. Techniques can include water-based exercise, icing sprains, hot or cold compresses, steam baths, soaking in a tub or whirlpool, colonic irrigation, douches, enemas, swimming, saunas and so on.

Healing Modalities within Hydrotherapy

  • Aquatic Movement Classes
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sweat Lodge
  • Body Wraps
  • Plunge Tanks (Hot & Cold)
  • Watsu
  • Colonic Therapy
  • Steam Room

Licensure

Must hold a valid Florida Massage Therapist License


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