Bathing Therapies

Bathing Therapies

Water therapy is used to treat muscle aches and pains. Water therapy helps in the treatment of arthritis and other debilitating conditions. The four effects of water to relieve people of stress, pain and rehabilitate them. The four effects are buoyancy, resistance, and drag and turbulence.

Main ingredient

Warm water forms the key to any bathing therapy. Therapists harness the property of warm water to relieve the patients of the maladies. More and more people are recognizing the benefits of warm water in the massage realm. Massage therapists can conduct a massage in a warm hot tub and really do wonders for tense muscles.

Why water?

As far as the caloric component is concerned, it should be said that, since the water has the highest specific heat, a low conductivity coefficient and the possibility of being used in large quantity, it performs a high heat retention capacity.

How does it happen?

The thermal water has such constitutive and action properties that the bathing therapy becomes one of the main thermal therapies performed. Owing to its special structure in the bathing therapy, the thermal water performs the curative action through special stimuli that pertain mainly to:

  • caloric actions
  • mechanical stresses
  • physical-chemical and chemical actions

The bodies having high heat retention capacity are very useful in therapeutic practice, since they can transmit the heat in its best form: with progression, without sudden leaps, thus avoiding rough and immediate heat charges in the tissues, which they are put in contact with.

Types of baths

From the practical point of view, there are 3 typical baths:

  • Low mineralization or hypotonic baths
  • Medium mineralization baths
  • High mineralization or hypertonic baths

This distinction occurs according to temperature and saline concentration of the used mineral water. In particular, three actions should be related to the water salinity degree:

  • the first one concerns the caloric action strengthening for the direct relation of specific weight with heat capacity and heat retention capacity
  • the second one strengthens the hydromechanical actions
  • while the third one is performed on the skin mantle, especially by hypertonic baths, with nervous stimulations, modifications of osmotic currents, etc. that cause internal organic stresses

Nowadays, water therapy is used to treat various ailments such as Joint pains and polio