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Hydrotherapy, also referred to as water therapy, is a complementary therapy that uses water to ease pain, decrease inflammation, and improve one’s overall health. Depending on the industry and application, the treatments may also be referred to as aquatic therapy, water therapy, or hydropathy.

There are numerous applications for various types of hydrotherapy, such as treating joint pain with water exercises and relieving muscle tension with cold or hot showers or baths. Patients should always consult their doctor or physical therapist before incorporating hydrotherapy into a treatment plan.

If you would like to try out this therapy, you can contact Milestone Physio & Wellness Clinic to book an appointment and discuss with a physiotherapist how this therapeutic technique can benefit your condition and overall health.

What Exactly is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy, also known as water therapy, is a special form of therapeutic technique that requires the use of water to provide relief. This therapeutic treatment can be used to treat various temporary skin issues such as burns, septic ulcers, and chronic health conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Water therapy employs either hot or cold water, with water pressure and flow varying depending on the treatment. The goal is to alleviate both physical and mental symptoms. Some hydrotherapy practices are as easy at home as sitting in a warm bath. Other techniques call for specialized settings or tools, like a cold sauna. Possible hydrotherapy locations and equipment include:

Each procedure will differ significantly depending on the treatment goal and the practitioner.

Who would Benefit from Hydrotherapy?

Technically, no one requires hydrotherapy. It is not a standard treatment for any disease, condition, or symptom. Experts are discovering what it is and isn’t effective in treating as it becomes more widely studied.

If you’re interested in hydrotherapy, talk to your provider about how it can help you, which types of aquatic therapy suit you, and what you need to know before you begin.

Why is Hydrotherapy Used?

Hydrotherapy is most commonly used to alleviate symptoms such as pain and stiffness. As part of your overall treatment or symptom management plan, your provider may recommend some form of hydrotherapy. People suffering from the following symptoms may benefit from hydrotherapy:


As you recover from an injury or surgery, hydrotherapy can be an excellent supplement to physical therapy. Moving in water is a low-resistance form of exercise. You’ve probably heard of water aerobics or swimming as a perfect option for people who get sore from other types of exercise. Before resuming any physical activity after surgery, always consult your surgeon or provider. Hydrotherapy tanks, pools, and hot tubs can all increase your infection risk. You may also have to wait a certain amount after surgery before getting your incision site wet.

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Hydrotherapy is becoming a more popular form of symptom relief for a wide range of conditions and issues. Contact us today to Book an appointment and enjoy the tons of benefits this therapeutic technique can offer you.



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