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Hydrotherapists Dothan AL

See below for hydrotherapists in Dothan that give access to hydrotherapy treatment like water cure therapy, steam baths, Jacuzzis, immersion tanks, Turkish baths, and whirlpool baths as well as advice and content on the benefits of hydrotherapy.

Patricia Cleveland
(334) 718-7806
Available throughout US and Canada
Dothan, AL
Specialty
Acupressure, Akashic Records, Animal Health, Channeling, Chiropractors, Distance Healing, Light Therapy, Magnetic Therapy, Massage Therapy, Medical Intuitive, Meditation, Medium, Pranic Healing, Psychic, Raindrop Therapy, Rebirthing, Remote Healing
Associated Hospitals
The Balanced Horse

Fischer Melissa Dr
(334) 794-4648
3124 West Main Street Suite 3
Dothan, AL
 
Alchemy of Touch
(334) 677-9265
2545 Montgomery Highway
Dothan, AL
 
Dothan Chiropractic Clinic PC
(334) 793-1081
441 South Oates Street
Dothan, AL
 
Barbaree Kaye M NCC LPC Nbcch
(334) 792-9814
379 West Main Street
Dothan, AL
 
Eriksen Kirk Dr District Of Columbia
(334) 793-7992
2500 Flowers Chapel Road
Dothan, AL
 
Dr Ken's Nutrition & Health Foods Center
(334) 673-0881
1415 Honeysuckle Road Suite 3
Dothan, AL
 
Buy Rite
(334) 678-1723
1317 South Oates Street
Dothan, AL
 
Dothan Health Foods
(334) 677-8333
Shops On The Circle Suite STE
Dothan, AL
 
Arnold D K Dr
(334) 794-3031
305 South Edgewood Drive
Dothan, AL
 

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy

What Is It?

Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of disease. Hydrothermal therapy additionally uses its temperature effects, as in hot baths, saunas, wraps, etc.

Historical Perspective

Hydro- and hydrothermal therapy are traditional methods of treatment that have been used for the treatment of disease and injury by many cultures, including those of ancient Rome, China, and Japan. Water therapy has been around for centuries. The ancient Greeks took therapeutic baths. Water is an important ingredient in the traditional Chinese and Native American healing systems.

A Bavarian monk, Father Sebastian Kneipp helped re-popularize the therapeutic use of water in the 19th century. There are now many dozens of methods of applying hydrotherapy, including baths, saunas, douches, wraps, and packs.

How it works

The recuperative and healing properties of hydrotherapy are based on its mechanical and/or thermal effects. It exploits the body's reaction to hot and cold stimuli, to the protracted application of heat, to pressure exerted by the water and to the sensation it gives. The nerves carry impulses felt at the skin deeper into the body, where they are instrumental in stimulating the immune system, influencing the production of stress hormones, invigorating the circulation and digestion, encouraging blood flow, and lessening pain sensitivity.

Generally, heat quiets and soothes the body, slowing down the activity of internal organs. Cold, in contrast, stimulates and invigorates, increasing internal activity. If you are experiencing tense muscles and anxiety from your stress, a hot shower or bath is in order. If you are feeling tired and stressed out, you might want to try taking a warm shower or bath followed by a short, invigorating cold shower to help stimulate your body and mind.

When you submerge yourself in a bath, a pool, or a whirlpool, you experience a kind of weightlessness. Your body is relieved from the constant pull of gravity. Water also has a hydrostatic effect. It has a massage-like feeling as the water gently kneads your body. Water, in motion, stimulates touch receptors on the skin, boosting blood circulation and releasing tight muscles.

Indications

Hydrotherapy and hydrothermal therapy are chiefly used to tone up the body, to stimulate digestion, the circulation, and the immune system, and to bring relief from pain. Description of indications are given under individual method used.

Water seems to have special powers in getting rid of stress and rejuvenating our body. It affects the skin and muscles. It calms the lungs, heart, stomach, and endocrine system by stimulating nerve reflexes on the spinal cord.

Proof it works

Various case reports, observational studies, and a number of controlled studies provide some evidence of success in the use of hydrotherapy.

In a study of 40 persons at University of Minnesota, 85% of the participants pr...

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