Water therapy or aquatic therapy is physical therapy done in a pool or other water environment under the supervision of a trained healthcare professional.
Who uses water therapy?
- Hot springs were popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans to improve circulation and experience relaxation.
- Hippocrates believed that spring water treats physical illnesses.
- German physicians advocate pediatric water therapy and water birthing.
- Thermal waters were used by Swiss monks to treat sick or disabled people in their community.
- The medicinal effects of ‘onsen’ or Japanese hot springs were believed to cure skin problems, chronic pains, and other body ailments.
What happens during water therapy?
- During a cold plunge tactic, the sudden plunge into icy water activates the sympathetic nervous system, releasing neurotransmitters that make one feel good.
- The flotation approach can significantly reduce stress and muscle tension. Blood pressure drops 10 to 20 points in just 20 minutes.
- Water therapy floods the system, so to speak, with adrenaline, noradrenaline, and dopamine which are considered as happy hormones.
- In aquarium therapy, heart rates can drop within five minutes of watching a tank filled with water.
- Water therapy can significantly reduce cortisol levels and blood pressure.
What are your thoughts? Please share your feedback if you have tried water therapy.