For many people who have suffered injuries in an accident or live with chronic pain, they may visit a chiropractor for treatments, such as massage therapy or chiropractic adjustments. But what about hydrotherapy massage?
Hydrotherapy massage can be a beneficial and safe treatment for many patients seeking relief from pain or stress. Read on to learn more about the advantages of hydrotherapy or make an appointment to speak with a chiropractor in person.
What is Hydrotherapy Massage?
The use of warm water in treating and healing the body has been practiced for thousands of years, as far back as the ancient bathhouses of Rome and Greece. Ancient civilizations believed immersion in these warm waters was especially beneficial for relieving muscle and joint pain. Hydrotherapy massage expounds upon those beliefs with the use of modern technology.
As the name suggests, hydrotherapy massage involves the use of pressurized jets of water to massage a person’s body. This form of massage utilizes a bed with a waterproof barrier that patients lie down in.
Once the patient is situated, jets of heated water are used to massage the entire body. The amount of force applied and the location where pressure is being applied can be adjusted to target specific areas depending on the patient’s needs.
Benefits of Hydrotherapy Massage
People who have suffered injuries from car accidents, are recovering from surgery, or are living with chronic pain have been shown to benefit from hydrotherapy massage. Although the causes of pain may be different, the reason for seeking treatment is always the same: recovery. Let’s take closer look at what recovery benefits hydrotherapy massage has to offer.
One of the biggest benefits to massage and main reasons people use hydrotherapy is pain management. Hydrotherapy tables use powerful jets of hot water to apply warm pressure to injured or sore areas of the body. The warmth and pressure applied helps to relax tight aching muscles, relieving pain, and improving recovery.
The forceful pressure of the jets and the warm water used in hydrotherapy massage can also improve circulation within the body. Increased blood flow caused by hydrotherapy allows more oxygen to reach the muscles. This can speed up recovery time for athletes with tight, knotted muscles and patients recovering from an accident injury or surgery.
Athletes and fitness enthusiasts may also find great benefits through hydrotherapy sessions. The improved blood flow and oxygen delivery to the muscles created by the warm, massaging jets help aid muscle recovery following a workout. Hydrotherapy is great for pain relief in sore and fatigued muscles.
Reduced Stress and Anxiety
Hydrotherapy sessions can be calming and soothing to not only the body, but the mind as well. Use of hydrotherapy treatment has been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety levels. Hydrotherapy promotes extreme relaxation which can lead to cell renewal and improved moods.
The stress reducing qualities of hydrotherapy massage have been shown to help improve:
- High blood pressure
- Digestive issues
Regular hydrotherapy treatment can also be beneficial to your sleep. As pain and stress in the body are relieved through hydrotherapy, you begin to become more relaxed. This more relaxed state of being makes restless sleep easier to achieve.
The warm temperature of hydrotherapy massage also helps improve sleep. The brain gets the cue to begin the process of falling asleep as your body temperature drops. When you undergo hydrotherapy the body temperature rises. As your body temperature drops after your massage, you will naturally become more sleepy and may have an easier time falling asleep.
Release of Toxins
Nobody wants to have toxins in their body. Thankfully, hydrotherapy can help in the natural release of toxins. The firm pressure applied by jets during a session causes toxins to be forced out of muscles and soft tissue. This makes it easier for the body to release these toxins.
Not as Time Consuming as Manual Massage
For people who may want to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of massage, but do not have the time for a 30-60 minute traditional massage, hydrotherapy sessions can be a great option. Hydrotherapy massage treatments can be completed in as little as 10-15 minutes and do not require you to undress.
Is Hydrotherapy Massage Safe?
One of the biggest upsides to hydrotherapy is that it can provide tremendous benefits and is still remarkably safe for most patients. Under the supervision of trained and experienced staff, hydrotherapy massage is extremely safe for people seeking the healing benefits of massage therapy.
However, you should speak with your doctor before receiving hydrotherapy treatment if you:
- Have recently undergone surgery
- Have had a recent injury
- Are pregnant
- Have high blood pressure
- Have irregular heart rhythms
As with swimming, hydrotherapy massage is best avoided if you have recently consumed a large meal or alcohol.
Potential Side Effects
Hydrotherapy massage is often considered a safer form of pain management than pain medication because it does not share some of the same negative side effects pain medication does. However, this does not mean hydrotherapy is without any potential risk factors, however rare they may be.
Potentially negative side effects of hydrotherapy treatments you should be aware of include:
- Burns from overheated water
- Fractures, particularly in elderly people with osteoporosis
- Increased skin irritation for patients with eczema or inflammatory skin conditions
Discuss Hydrotherapy Massage With a Chiropractor Today
If you think you would benefit from hydrotherapy massage treatment, the facilities at Manasota Accident and Injury Center in Bradenton, FL are at your service. The doctors at Manasota Accident and Injury Center specialize in providing a number of chiropractic treatments including hydrotherapy.
Recovery is often difficult and painful, but hydrotherapy treatments can help speed up your recovery time and get you back to living a healthy, more enjoyable life. Why put relief off any longer? Speak with a chiropractor today about hydrotherapy massage by calling us at (941) 751-0223, or schedule your consultation on our website.