The Therapeutic Effects of Hydrotherapy at Suffolk Center

January 12, 2016

Let’s start with the basics: What is hydrotherapy exactly?

Hydrotherapy is the use of water when treating diseases. All throughout history water has been used for its healing capabilities. Some of the conditions it has been used to treat are acne, colds, stress, arthritis, osteoporosis, amputations, fatigue and weakness, headaches, joint, muscle and nerve problems, sleep disorders and depression. There are many different types of hydrotherapy such as baths, hot and cold compresses, body wraps, steam inhalation and more.

What are the therapeutic effects of hydrotherapy?

It would be very difficult to fit all of the benefits of hydrotherapy into one post. All the forms of water - ice, liquid and steam - can help with various problems. In general, heat can soothe the body and slow down the activity of your organs while cold stimulates the body and increases the activity. The pressure and sensation of water also can cause these therapeutic effects on the body.

Hydrotherapy is commonly used to facilitate relaxation and relieve long-lasting pain by loosening tense muscles in the body. Hydrotherapy can also assist the body by increasing the elimination of waste. It can help with aiding digestion which can relieve many stomach problems.

When it comes to physical therapy, hydrotherapy can work wonders by complementing the efforts of both the patient and therapist. It may help patients start early and recover faster. It decreases joint pains and stress and can increase strength and range of motion. Not to mention helping to improve balance and coordination.

If you’re interested in hydrotherapy do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. It may be your key to a more comfortable life.

Suffolk Center is part of the Centers Healthcare family; New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island’s premier group of skilled nursing, rehabilitation and senior care services. To speak to a healthcare specialist and find out more about Suffolk Center, contact us by phone 24/7 at 631.289.7700, or visit us at 25 Schoenfeld Boulevard Patchogue, NY 11772.

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