MILAN - How many people complain every day of having a strong headache or, due to a muscular problem, wake up from bed putting their hands on their backs? There are millions, and they would try anything to be able to free themselves of their pain. But sometimes all that could be needed is a minimum of patience and discipline, trying to alleviate the problem with natural methods. There is indeed a new type of therapy, Hydrotherapy, which through the correct use of water can provide pain relief.
Different therapeutic methods
"This therapy includes a vast spectrum of approaches and methods that harness the physical properties of water for therapeutic purposes", said Dr Ashish Davalbhakta, founder of the Pune-based Aesthetics Medispa, surgery and wellness centre. "The temperature and pressure become useful to stimulate blood circulation and treat the symptoms of some diseases. Water temperatures are mostly kept between 33° C and 36° C, in order not to scald the patients. Hydrotherapy entails a series of methods and techniques that use water jets, underwater massage and mineral baths. The jets shoot water on precise parts of the body, for set periods of time. This therapy results in vasodilation and vasoconstriction, producing changes in the blood flow and in the associated metabolic functions".
The advantage is a reduction in muscular tension and in the pain originating from the affected muscles, strengthening the immune system and promoting detoxification. Both in everyday use and in the cosmetics sector, sea salts and magnesium sulphate are used to help improve skin condition. They can reduce inflammation and eliminate toxins. This tones up, purifies and regenerates the skin.
What is hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy can be referred to any treatment involving water. The Jacuzzi, for example, can be an effective way to look after your general health, if you are affected by one of the above-described conditions. Hot water warms the blood and improves blood flow. When the skin is warmed, the pores open up and toxins in the superficial layers are removed. The water jets provide a pleasant massage that can alleviate foot pain, back pain and improve the condition of all the affected areas in the body that need a vigorous massage.
by Alessandro Conte