Hydrotherapy is the use of water, both internally and externally and at varying temperatures, for health purposes. Also known as water therapy or “water cures,” hydrotherapy includes such therapeutic treatments as saunas, steam baths, foot baths, contrast therapy, sitz baths, and colonic cleansing.
According to proponents of hydrotherapy, hot and cold water induce physiologic changes that are beneficial to human health. Among them:
Hot water causes superficial blood vessels to dilate, activating sweat glands, loosening joints, and removing toxic wastes from tissues.
Cold water causes superficial blood vessels to constrict, moving blood flow away from an affected area to relieve inflammation.
Hydrotherapy may need to be avoided or used with caution in people with the following health conditions:
High blood pressure
Colds, flu, or other respiratory infections
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