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The Power of Hydrotherapy
Nothing is more important than your health and that of your loved ones. Today's accepted wisdom embraces holistic and preventative measures as key to extended youthfulness and vitality - such as hydrotherapy, a proven way to undo the damage the stress of modern living can wreak on our bodies and minds.
For centuries, hydrotherapy and hydrothermal therapy have been traditional methods for treating disease and injury by many cultures, including ancient Greece, Rome, China, and Japan. Water was also an important component of the Native American healing systems.
Hydrotherapy works based on the protracted application of heat to the body and pressure exerted by the water. The nerves carry impulses from the skin deeper into the body, where they help stimulate the immune system. The production of stress hormones is decreased, circulation and digestion is invigorated, and pain sensitivity is lessened. Generally, heat quiets and soothes the body, slowing down the activity of internal organs. And when you submerge yourself in a spa, you experience a kind of weightlessness as your body is relieved from the constant pull of gravity. Water has a hydrostatic effect: a massage-like feeling as the water gently kneads your body. Warm water in motion stimulates touch receptors on the skin, boosting blood circulation and releasing tight muscles.
Benefits of Hot Water Soaking
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While hot water therapy cannot cure arthritis, pain can be substantially eased with hydrotherapy sessions. According to Edward A. Abraham, an orthopaedic surgeon and author, as quoted in AQUA magazine, "The Number 1 therapy for arthritis, whether it's Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid arthritis, is water activity. Getting in a spa or warm water pool is the best thing." According to Christopher H. Fleming, also an orthopaedic surgeon, "The warm water helps to relax the muscles and get the joints moving." For more imformation regarding arthritis and the health benefits of hot tubs, visit the Artritis Foundation website at www.arthritis.org
Some studies suggest that soaking in a spa before retiring to bed can ease the transition into a deeper sleep. This may be due to a body-temperature shift signaling sleep, or simply the sleep-promoting effects of relaxing in the hot water. Similarly, researchers in China have found that lying in warm water releases endorphins that not only overcome insomnia, but also help ease hypertension, anxiety and arthritis pain.
For centuries, the beneficial effects of warm water hydrotherapy have been promoted anecdotally across many cultures, particularly since Roman times onward. But what about modern studies? Perhaps the most obvious use of hydrotherapy is in the treatment of muscle and joint diseases. For example, looking at lower back pain, French scientists studied 224 patients. While the entire group maintained their oral medications, those given hot water spa therapy in addition to massage saw reductions in pain intensity and improvements in flexibility and function. An article on the study suggested possible reasons for these improvements included the relaxation of the lower back muscles and the decrease of inflammatory substances.
It is important to note that effective hydrotherapy is only as effective as the design and placement of the hydrotherapy jets. Interestingly, oversized jets and overpowering water flow can actually inhibit proper therapy. Hot Spring® Spas couples correctly balanced water flow rates with precision anatomical jet placement. This combination targets muscle groups in the back and neck that are most likely to cause tension and pain. This design also targets myofascial trigger points and the most influential acupuncture meridians in the back.
Dr. Philip L. Hooper, an endocrinologist from Colorado, has written extensively on this subject. He is a medical researcher, lecturer and author. Dr. Hooper reasoned that if exercise has been proven to improve sugar uptake to muscles by increasing circulation to them, other ways of augmenting blood flow could have a similar beneficial effect. His pilot study, on eight people, showed some powerful results with regard to decreases in fasting blood sugar levels and weight loss. Of course, much more study needs to be done, across a larger sample. But the specific, and very tangible, benefits from this study suggest a strong link between hydrotherapy and a positive impact on people with diabetes, and could be particularly helpful for patients who find it difficult to exercise. For more information regarding diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org
1815 Central Park Drive
(Central Park Plaza)
Steamboat Springs, CO
1625 Mid-Valley Drive
Steamboat Springs, CO