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The human body is itself a body of water - comprised of 70 percent water, most of the processes needed to keep it running take place in water-based solutions. It is therefore no wonder that this most basic element for which we possess such affinity has, since ancient times, been seen as a healing force.
Naturopaths still highly regard water treatments, such as immersion baths and sitz baths (both hot and cold, with minerals or herbs added); aquatic exercises; water jets; and mineral-water drinking regimens. All are forms of hydrotherapy (literally, water therapy) and are primarily aimed at enhancing circulation so that toxins can be quickly eliminated and blood quality can be optimized. These effects have been helpful in treating headaches, muscle spasms and cardiac-valve disorders. Some claim that water therapy has even broader health benefits.
As it makes its way to the surface, water from deep within the earth draws out minerals from layer after layer of earth, thus becoming mineral water. It imparts healing effects when it is consumed or comes into contact with the skin. Water from each mineral spring has its own unique mineral content. Mineral springs were the centerpiece of the great European spas, where people flocked to "take the waters" for their health.
Hydrotherapy - or balneotherapy, from the Greek word for "bath" - comprises a range of treatments that have traditionally been the primary focus of health spas.
Hydrotherapy is the therapeutic use of water, steam, and ice and has been used for centuries to effectively treat injuries, a wide range of illnesses, and within the last several years - also to give birth. Treatment techniques include baths (full body and specific body parts, such as foot baths), compresses, wraps, showers, sitz baths, steam baths, aquatic exercise and whirlpools.
Hospitals, clinics, and spas world wide use forms of hydrotherapy as safe and effective methods for treating such conditions as AIDS, back pain, bronchitis and other respiratory problems, cancer, hypertension (high blood pressure) or hypotension (low blood pressure), muscle and joint pain and inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis. Hydrotherapy is also useful in treating the discomfort caused by spinal trauma, poor circulation fever, anemia, edema, menstrual problems, and insomnia.
Herbs and minerals may be added to baths and whirlpools to enhance the water's effects; water becomes the "delivery system" for their therapeutic properties. Temperature is a very important variable: Hot, cold and alternating temperature treatments have different effects. Pressure jets vary, depending on the problem.
Hydro- and hydrothermal therapy are traditional methods of treatment that have been used for the treatment of disease and injury by many cultures, including those of ancient Rome, China, and Japan. Water therapy has been around for centuries. The ancient Greeks took therapeutic baths. Water is an important ingredient in the traditional Chinese and Native American healing systems.
A Bavarian monk, Father Sebastian Kneipp helped re-popularize the therapeutic use of water in the 19th century. There are now many dozens of methods of applying hydrotherapy, including baths, saunas, douches, wraps, and packs.
PRINCIPLES OF HYDROTHERAPY
Water is able to come into contact with all areas of the skin, where it stimulates receptors of the nervous system.
Water can absorb and conduct large amounts of heat very efficiently - and can raise body temperature readily. Cold water can lower body temperatures, which can be very helpful in the case of a high fever.
Cold and heat directly affect blood vessels. Cold makes vessels contract and heat dilates them. There are 3 categories of external hydrotherapy: hot water, cold water, and alternating hot and cold water.
Hot water stimulates the immune system and increases circulation, helping to relieve the body of toxins. By soothing nerves, hot water calms and relaxes the body.
Cold water constricts blood vessels and is effective in reducing inflammation. Cold water is stimulating.
Alternating hot and cold water treatments have been found to alleviate upper respiratory congestion and stimulate organ function through improved circulation.
Blood and lymph flow toward heat and away from cold. Thus, blood and lymph can be diverted from a given area to relieve congestions, as in a headache or respiratory illness, or can be directed to a given area, for instance, to relax stiff muscles and relieve pain.
The length of application or immersion will alter overall effects. In general, the longer heat or cold is applied, the less stimulating the overall outcome will be.
TYPES OF HYDROTHERAPY TECHNIQUES
Many hydrotherapy techniques for a range of conditions can be effectively performed at home. For instance, muscular pain and swelling caused by a sprain or strain respond favorably to an immediate application of cold. An ice pack applied continually (up to 20 minutes on, followed by 20 minutes off) during the initial 24 hours following a trauma, can reduce swelling and provide relief.
Homebirth midwives have known for years that warm water baths assist relaxation of laboring mothers, make for easier deliveries, and the gentle delivery of babies (in and out of the water at the time of birth). Today, some birthing centers and a few hospitals are allowing mothers to labor in warm water, but many are still hesitant about allowing the babies to be born in water.
Other effective hydrotherapy methods include simple soothing baths and showers, body wraps, foot and hand baths, sitz baths, steam inhalation, and hot and/or cold compresses.
Although many hydrotherapy methods can be performed at home, certain treatments such as hyperthermia neutral baths, and whirlpool baths, are available only in clinics or hospitals. These treatments must be performed under the careful supervision of a therapist or other health care provider.
- Hyperthermia. Fever stimulates the body's immune system to produce the antibodies necessary for fighting certain illnesses. Hyperthermia is a hot-immersion bath used to induce fever in those who cannot achieve one naturally. This hydrotherapy method has been used effectively in the treatment of AIDS, cancer, and upper respiratory infections. Hot sitz baths are suggested for uterine cramps and hemorrhoids.
- Hypothermia. Cold baths are used to relieve high fevers. When used in a bath with jets, the small, cold jets (50°F to 71°F are aimed at specific muscles or joints for 1-3 minutes to treat pain. Moved from extremities toward the heart, jets can stimulate circulation and improve cardiac function. Cold sitz baths may relieve constipation and vaginal discharge.
- Neutral Bath. This therapy, in which the body is submerged to the neck in warm water (92°F to 98°F). At this temperature, water feels neither warm nor cool. Lighting is dim to enhance soothing effects. It helps to soothe the body. Neutral baths are effective in calming nervousness and emotional upsets, relieving insomnia, anxiety, depression, hypertension, and peripheral edema, reducing joint swelling, and helping the body rid itself of toxins. The bath lasts 15 minutes to 1 hour, with up to 1 hour of rest afterward.
- Alternating Bath. Alternating baths may be used as a foot bath. The feet are submerged, first in hot water at 100°F for 5 minutes; then in cold water at 50°F for 30 seconds. This is repeated twice. The footbaths alternately dilate and contract vessels, moving the blood and lymph through the body. They stimulate the immune system by raising white-blood-cell levels, improved circulation and foster elimination of wastes. They are used to reduce swelling in the feet or legs; they may offer relief to patients with congestive heart failure. Alternating sitz baths may combat urinary-tract infections.
- Whirlpool Bath. Used effectively in treating muscle and joint injuries, whirlpool baths are also used to soothe burns and to stimulate circulation in those with paralysis.
Take Care! - Hydrotherapy is not advised in cases of diabetes, acute asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, or hemorrhaging problems. Pregnant women should avoid the temperature extremes of hydrotherapy. If you have questions about whether or not hydrotherapy is a safe treatment for your particular condition, consult with your health care provider before using this therapy.
BIRTH HYDROTHERAPY (WATER BIRTHS)
Hydrotherapy for labor and birth can mean a relaxed labor and a gentle birth experience for both mother and her baby.
You come home from a long day at work, running errands, chasing children, fighting traffic and the stresses of a tough day. You are tired, achy, and your back hurts. You decide to take a warm bath. You finally relax. You can feel the tension drain away as you soak in warm water. You emerge feeling much better. Rejuvenated and able to cope with life, just a little bit better than before you had the warm bath. Women in labor are uncomfortable and tired, too. A warm bath helps to relax, relieve tensions, and help them to face the work load ahead.
Hydrotherapy, the use of water for labor and/or birth, is growing in popularity - and rightly so. A recent study from Switzerland analyzed some 5,900 vaginal births, more than 2,000 of which were done in water. The findings were significant in several ways.
Waterbirth mothers were found to have a much lower episiotomy: 12.8 vs. 35.4-percent for mothers who had a bed birth. Blood loss was less for waterbirth mothers, and they used fewer painkillers. Their newborns scored higher on the Apgar scale than other babies.
The overall conclusion of the study was that waterbirths and other alternative forms of birthing, such as using a birthing stool, in which the mother assumes a squatting position, do not demonstrate higher risks for mother or child than bed births, if the same medical criteria are used in monitoring and managing them.
Waterbirth has been around for centuries and used in many home births. It is regaining popularity in America as women opt for more control over their birthing experience.
In 1995, according to the Global Maternal Child Health Association, only two U.S. hospitals offered waterbirths. Now more than 120 hospitals have done at least one waterbirth and even more are using showers to help relax laboring women.
Waterbirths are safe for the baby since the start of breathing is a complex physiologic process initiated when the infant's skin makes contact with air; in the aforementioned study, no case of water aspiration or any other perinatal complication of a mother or child was reported.
That is not to say hydrotherapy can be used by everyone. Rather, each woman needs discuss her desires with and to be assessed by her midwife or health care provider. Some reasons to rule out a waterbirth include meconium-stained amniotic fluid, multiple babies, maternal fever, or the need for continuous fetal monitoring. These conditions rule out a homebirth, in most cases, depending on the midwife and the immediate situation.
The list of reasons for encouraging the use of hydrotherapy, at least for labor, is also significant. The benefits of a water labor can build a positive action-reaction effect for laboring mothers. When an anxious laboring woman uses a warm shower or bath, she will find herself becoming calmer, more relaxed, less tension in her body and better able to cope with her labor. This in turn will lead to a more efficient and effective labor. A labor that is efficient and effective, with a relaxed and tension free mother will usually result in few if any interventions, a drug-free delivery (which is especially important in a homebirth setting where drugs are not used) and a positive birthing experience. It should be even a bigger consideration in a hospital or birth center delivery where drugs are used all too frequently, creating sometimes serious problems with both the mother and the baby.
Use of birthing hydrotherapy has also been found to lower blood pressure, which is likely due to decreased anxiety and increased comfort in the mother. The mothers using hydrotherapy during labor state that they have less painful contractions while in the water and a easier, less tiring labor.
Women wishing to use hydrotherapy in a labor, whether or not the end result will be a water birth, should plan ahead and locate a midwife or health care provider that will be able to work with their birth plans. A homebirth is usually not a problem since most homebirth midwives openly encourage birthing hydrotherapy. However, if a woman opts to have a hospital or birth center delivery, she needs to locate just the right one within her region. This may be a problem for many women since many facilities do not provide this kind of service. The woman needs to visit the facility before she delivers.
The tubs will vary in size and type from a traditional home bathtub to a large jacuzzi in a facility. At a homebirth, the pregnant woman may use her bathtub, shower, or a rented birthing tub (usually a portable, soft-sided tub). Other options that have been used at home have been inflatable or plastic sided kiddy pools that are available for purchase during the summer months. I have even had mothers use metal cattle troughs purchased at a feed supply center for a homebirth labor and possible water birth. Hoses for filling and emptying portable tubs or pools can be purchased at pet supply stores (these hoses and fittings fit right on your kitchen sink faucet and are usually used for emptying and filling fish tanks. My daughter has one that works great for all different types of uses) and can be used to remove cool water and replace warm water in tubs without a heater or direct hookup to a water supply. Usually you would want a tub that is able to fit 2 people comfortably (for the birthing mother and her labor partner). Larger is usually better. Most pregnant women cannot fit comfortably in a standard-sized bathtub. A word of caution: be sure your floor can handle the weight of a full birthing tub. Water can become very heavy very quickly and you really don't want to end up falling through your floor during your labor. It would be very counter-productive to relaxation if this should happen (to say the least!). Be sure to place plastic or other water-proof tarping between your birthing tub and the floor to protect your floor from any water that may be spilled, leaked, or left behind when getting in and out or the tub. Have plenty of dry towels available to mop up spillage. Do not make the water too hot. Be sure to use a thermometer to check the temperature every time you add more hot water. The temperature should be about body temperature (99°F to 101°F) but not any hotter. Also be careful about letting the water become too cold. You don't want to overheat or chill the mother and the baby, whether the baby is still inside the mother or after the birth.
Ask questions of your midwife or health care provider to ensure they are comfortable and experienced with hydrotherapy and water birth. If you find a midwife, health care provider and a facility (if you choose not to have a homebirth) that feels right for you, you will find that your birthing experience should be a positive and rewarding experience for you and your baby.
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HYDROTHERAPY RISKS, CAUTIONS, & CONTRAINDICATIONS
Please see under individual techniques for warnings and caution for the use and follow them.
Persons with impaired temperature sensation run the risk of scalding or frostbite at temperature extremes. When a condition is recurrent or persistent, please consult your health care provider to determine whether a physical therapy of this type is suitable in your case.
- If you have diabetes, avoid hot application to the feet or legs. Also avoid full body heating treatments, such as body wraps.
- Avoid cold application if you are diagnosed with Raynaud's disease.
- Hot immersion baths and long, hot saunas are not recommended for those with diabetes or multiple sclerosis, women who are pregnant or anyone with abnormally high or low blood pressure.
- Do not take cold foot baths if you are prone to bladder or rectal irritation. People suffering from sciatica, pelvic inflammation or rheumatism in the toes or ankles should avoid cold foot baths.
- Elderly people and young children may be exhausted by too much heat and should avoid long full-body hot treatments such as immersion baths and saunas.
- If you are pregnant or have heart disease, consult a health care provider before taking a sauna.
A number of techniques are available under the general heading of hydrotherapy. These include: baths and showers, neutral baths, sitz baths, contrast sitz baths, foot baths, cold mitten friction rub, steam inhalation, hot compresses, cold compresses, alternating hot and cold compresses, heating compresses, body wrap, wet sheet pack, and salt glow.
Here are some of the hydrotherapy techniques you might want to use:
Soak a linen cloth in cold water, wring out and briskly rub the upper and lower trunk, or the entire body. Go to bed until warm and dry.
Indications: For invigoration, to tone up the body, to promote blood flow, for use in problems of circulation, or infections of the respiratory system.
SAUNA & STEAM BATHS
Saunas and steam baths are similar in effect; the decision to take one rather than the other will be guided by personal preference. In a sauna the heat acts more quickly to eliminate toxins through the skin, though some consider the moist air of a steam bath to have a more satisfying effect on the respiratory system. Saunas are deeply relaxing and are a great way to melt away stress.
A sauna is an eliminative procedure; it stimulates blood flow, increases the heart rate, has an immune-modulating effect, promotes hormone production, encourages mucosal secretions in the respiratory system, opens the airways, reduces resistance to respiration, regulates The vegetative system, relaxes, and can improve mental outlook. Children can start to take saunas at two or three years of age.
Indications: For "toning-up," for health promotion, as a way of treating pain caused by pulled back muscles, chronic rheumatoid arthritis, bronchial asthma, unstable hypertension (stages I and II), severely disturbed peripheral blood circulation.
Warnings: Saunas should not be taken by persons with acute rheumatoid arthritis, acute infection, active tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, acute mental disorder, inflammation of an inner organ or blood vessels, significant vascular changes in the brain or heart, circulatory problems or acute cancer.
Do not spend more than 15 to 20 minutes at a time in a sauna. Wipe your face frequently with a cold cloth to avoid overheating.
FULL OR PARTIAL IMMERSION BATHS
Various substances can be added to warm and rising temperature baths. See herbal baths below. The following are the different kinds of bath used:
RISING TEMPERATURE HIP BATH
This is taken in a tub filled with a hand's breadth of tepid water. Hot water is then gradually added until the level reaches the navel. The final temperature should be 103 to 104°F. Following this procedure, the patient is wrapped warm and proceeds to bed. It should last 15 to 30 minutes, not more than three times per week.
Indications: Incipient and abating common colds, back pain (sciatica).
Warning: To be used with caution by persons with heart or circulation problems, hemorrhoids, or varicose veins.
COLD FOOT BATH
The feet are placed into a foot bath filled to calf depth with cold water. Stop when a cold stimulus is felt or when the water is no longer perceived as being particularly cold. Stroke off excess water, dress, and walk or run until dry. A special form of this treatment is "walking in water," which involves walking stork-like on a non-slip mat placed under the water.
Indications: Varicose veins, susceptibility to edemas, headaches, low blood pressure, circulatory problems, sleeplessness, proneness to the common cold, sweaty feet, or a contused ankle.
Warning: This type of treatment is best avoided by people who suffer from cold feet, very high blood pressure, an irritable bladder, urinary tract infection, diabetes, or vascular occlusion.
RISING TEMPERATURE FOOT BATH, WARM FOOT BATH
The feet are immersed in a foot bath filled with water at body temperature. Hot water is gradually added to give a final temperature of 103 to 104°F. In warm foot baths water of this temperature is added straight away. Keep warm afterwards. The procedure should last 10 to 15 minutes and can be done daily.
Indications: Cold feet, start of a common cold, for relaxation.
Warning: Best avoided by people with varicose veins, lymphostasis, or edema.
COLD ARM BATH
A basin is filled with cold water until it reaches a depth several inches above the immersed elbow. If the treatment becomes intolerable, stop and repeat as desired.
Indications: Headaches, sleeplessness.
Warning: Best avoided by people with heart or circulatory problems.
RISING TEMPERATURE ARM BATH
In principle, this is the same as the rising temperature foot bath. It should be followed by a cold arm douche, then by half an hour's rest.
Indications: Bronchitis, asthma, incipient respiratory infection, circulatory problems, angina pectoris.
Sitz baths is generally a hip bath, in which the pelvis is immersed in water to increase blood flow in the pelvic region and help to reduce problems in that area. A sitz bath can be taken cold, rising temperature, or as a warm sitz bath. Prior to the sitz bath, it is recommended to warm the feet, e.g. through a warm foot bath. Parts of the body not immersed in water should be covered.
Indications: Hot-water sitz baths are commonly used for the treatment of inflamed hemorrhoids, painful ovaries and testicles, muscular disorders, prostate disorders, and uterine cramps.
Cold-water sitz baths are used to treat constipation, impotence, inflammation, sore muscles, and vaginal discharge. It is also used for hemorrhoids or inflammation of the anus.
Warm or rising temperature sitz baths are for difficulty in voiding the bladder, an irritable bladder, inflammation or infection of the prostate, preparation for pregnancy.
Warning: Do not use warm or rising temperature sitz baths for hemorrhoids. Use cold water.
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A wrap is primarily used as a supportive measure for treating fever and local inflammation. The person receiving treatment should first adopt a relaxed position. Then a linen cloth is moistened with cold water (warm water for respiratory diseases), well wrung out, and then wrapped tightly around the appropriate part of the body, but not so tightly as to cause constriction. The moist linen cloth is in turn wrapped with a dry cotton or linen cloth. The patient is then usually wrapped in a blanket or another cloth, and should rest for 45 to 60 minutes or, if the intention is to induce sweating, for up to three hours.
If the wrap is not felt to be warm after a quarter of an hour, heat should be applied in the form of a hot water bottle or by giving warm tea. The wrap should be removed immediately if the person complains of feeling unwell.
TYPES OF WRAPS
- Neck Wrap: Sore throat.
- Chest Wrap: Bronchitis, lung disease, neuralgia.
- Body Wrap (Between costal arch & pubic bone): Inflammatory disease of the upper abdomen gastric and duodenal ulcers, cramps, sleeplessness, fever.
- Trunk Wrap (Between pubic bone & armpits): High fever.
- Hip Wrap (With gap between the legs): Prostatitis, vaginitis, hemorrhoids, anal eczema, inflammation in the pelvic cavity.
- Calf Wrap (Between foot & knee): Lymphostasis, edema, for withdrawing heat in fever and phlebitis; in varicose veins the effect can sometimes be amplified through the use of healing earth or loam poultices.
- Joint Wraps: Rheumatoid arthritis, arthrosis.
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HOT & COLD PACKS
A wrapping cloth is soaked in a hot infusion or decoction of herbs, then wrung out and applied to the patient's body. Alternatively, the wrap may receive a coating of hot mud mustard flour, or fango. As a further alternative, hayseed may be placed in a sack and steamed.
Indications: Painful chronic diseases such as arthrosis, renal disease, or cystitis, and for stimulating blood flow.
Warning: Always check that the temperature is tolerable before applying a wrap.
Cooled cataplasm is spread onto the wrapping cloth and placed on the part of the body. Crushed ice in a plastic bag may also be repeatedly applied for one minute, then removed for four minutes.
Indications: Various inflammatory arthropathies, sprains and strains, pleurisy. Ice packs can also be used for headaches. Ice packs are also wonderful for a sore perineum after the birth of a baby.
Warning: When using ice packs, place a thin cloth between the pack and the skin to prevent frostbite.
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Herbal baths can be particularly soothing when you are experiencing a period of stress. There are several ways to prepare an herbal bath:
1. Simmer 1/2 cup of herbs in 1 quart of water in a covered pot for fifteen minutes. While the herbs are simmering, take a short shower to cleanse your body, then fill the tub with hot or warm water. Strain the liquid from the decoction into the bath water, and wrap the herbs in a washcloth. Soak in the tub for at least twenty minutes, using the "herbal washcloth" to rub over your body.
2. Add 1/2 cup of herbs to running bath water, preferably hot. You might want to cover the drain with a thin mesh screen to prevent the herbs from clogging the pipes. Soak in the tub for twenty to thirty minutes.
3. Fill a thin cloth bag with 1/2 cup of herbs, either placing it in the bath water or tying it to the spigot so that the hot water runs through it as it fills the tub. Again, soak for twenty to thirty minutes.
Certain herbs are quite effective for creating soothing baths:
Combine a handful each of Valerian, Lavender, Linden, Chamomile, Hops, and Burdock Root, and add it to your bath according to one of the preceding methods. Soak for 30 minutes in the tub.
Another soothing herbal bath calls for a handful each of Hops, Linden, Valerian, Chamomile, Yarrow, and Passionflower. Prepare this bath according to one of the preceding methods, or simmer the herbs in a quart of water, then drink 1/2 cup of the liquid (with lemon and honey added, if you wish) and pour the rest in the tub. While soaking in an herbal bath, you can read, meditate, listen to peaceful music, or just sit quietly, concentrating on relaxing yourself.
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TYPES OF DOUCHE
Gentle douches can be carried out with a watering can or hose. The water should not splash, but gently envelop the skin. The water stream should always be directed from the periphery toward the heart. After douching, stroke off excess water, dress, and exercise. There are various types of douche:
KNEE DOUCHE: The water stream is directed from the right small toe, along the outside of the lower leg to the hollow of the knee, then back along the inside and over the sole of the foot. The process is then repeated for the left leg. Useful for headaches and migraines, low blood pressure, sleeplessness, contusions, and varicose veins. This treatment influences the digestive and reproductive organs and can help ward off vascular damage. Do not use for urinary tract infections, irritable bladder, sciatica, or during menstruation.
THIGH DOUCHE: The procedure is as for a knee douche, but includes the upper thigh. It can stimulate blood flow and help improve poor circulation. Useful for the treatment of varicose veins, muscular rheumatism, crural paralysis, coxarthritis. Do not use for urinary tract infection, irritable bladder, sciatica, or during menstruation.
LOWER TRUNK DOUCHE: The procedure is as for the thigh douche, but including the lower trunk. Useful for diabetes mellitus, meteorism, enlargement of the liver, enlargement of the gallbladder, stone formation. Do not use for urinary tract infections, irritable bladder, sciatica, or during menstruation.
ARM DOUCHE: Direct the water stream from the outside of the right hand to the shoulder, then back on the inside of the arm. Repeat the process for the left arm. Useful for cold hands, nervous disorders, neuralgia and paralysis, rheumatism of the arms, heart problems, vertigo, headaches, catarrh in the nose and throat.
CHEST DOUCHE: Douche the arms first. Useful for chronic bronchitis and bronchial asthma, angina pectoris. Caution:Moderate the temperature if there is risk of angiospasm.
UPPER TRUNK DOUCHE: This involves the upper torso and arms. It can be used to improve blood flow to the lungs, heart, and pleura. Useful for the treatment of bronchitis, bronchial asthma, disease of the larynx and vocal cords, headaches, nervous excitability, varicose veins of the legs, for toning-up, and for stimulating cardiac and respiratory activity. Caution: Do not use if there is blood stasis in the pulmonary circulation.
BACK DOUCHE: Useful for the treatment of weakened back muscles, back pain, spinal disease, multiple sclerosis, bronchial asthma, nearly all diseases of the lung. Warning: Do not use in debilitated patients or those with neurasthenia.
NECK DOUCHE: Useful for headaches, migraines, tenseness in the shoulder and neck, hypersensitivity to changes in the weather, mild depression, tinnitus, vertigo, arthrosis of the hand and finger joints. Warning: Not to be used in persons with high blood pressure, enlargement of the thyroid, or raised intraocular pressure.
FACE DOUCHE: Proceed from the right temple downward to the chin, upward to the left temple, from right to left over the forehead, and repeatedly from the forehead to the chin, then in circles over the face. This is useful for relieving headaches and migraines, trigeminal neuralgia, toothaches, for relaxing tired eyes. Caution: Keep the eyes closed.
VAGINAL DOUCHE: Useful for treating vaginal infections and feminine cleansing following sexual intercourse or a menstrual period. Douche may consist of plain water, medicated water or water containing vinegar. Caution: Consult your health care provider or midwife before using a vaginal douche during pregnancy or if you have any health issues for which vaginal douching would be contraindicated.
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DRINK WATER - KEEPING YOUR BODY HYDRATED
It is very important that we drink sufficient amount of water in a day to make up for the water lost through mucus membranes, sweat, urination, defecation, etc. The benefits of drinking water is widely recognized. Drinking pure, fresh water is essential to our health and well-being.
Our need for water increases as we grow older. As we age, our skin and mucus membranes become thinner and lose more water, and our kidneys function less efficiently. So our need for water increases. You may not feel thirsty. But you should get into the habit of drinking water, nevertheless. Most health care providers and nutritionists recommend a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day, more if you are active or the weather is warm. If you have questions about how much water you need to drink daily, consult your health care provider.
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STEPS FOR EFFECTIVE HYDROTHERAPY
For overall tension reduction, use a neutral bath (temperature between 92 to 94°F) that is close to the skin temperature.
Use water temperature between 102 to 106°F for loosening tight, tense muscles and reducing the pain of stress-related conditions such as backache. (Using temperatures higher than 106°F is not recommended as it can raise your body temperature very fast, inducing an artificial fever.)
Take a cold shower after you step out of the bath. This brings and immediate rush of blood through your system, as well as a rush of energy. (Try alternating cold and hot shower to get a similar effect. 3 minutes of hot water followed by 30 seconds of cold water and then 3 minutes of hot water, etc.)
Stay in the bath no more than 15 to 20 minutes. If you have high blood pressure or cardiovascular problems, do not stay long enough to raise your body temperature.
Evening is the best time to soak in water. People who take a soaking bath before going to bed sleep more readily and deeply.
If you are interested in locating a hydrotherapy facility in your area, check with your local hospital or health clinic. You can also look in the yellow pages of your local telephone directory under "Health Resorts" or "Physical Therapists". On the internet, you can do an online search for health spas and resorts that may be within your travel range.
A WORD OF CAUTION: If you have any health-related problems or conditions, be sure to consult with your health care provider before beginning any hydrotherapy treatment. All of the treatments presented on this page are recommended for those who are in generally good health.
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