HydroBlog March 23, 2020
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As the novel coronavirus is sweeping around the globe causing COVID-19, many people are wondering what they can do to avoid serious illness. Disinfection and measures to avoid transmission primarily work for prevention, but what can you do to once the virus is already in your body? In addition to standard recommendations for prevention of disease spread there are some things that can be done to potentially reduce serious outcomes.
Understanding the mutual influence of mind, body and spirit in healing
Bacteria increasingly outsmart antibiotics. Hydrotherapy can be a useful tool for fighting infections...
Images from the history of hydrotherapy
Here is a brief explanation to help you better understand some of the healthy effects on circulation that hydrotherapy can have. Much research has shown that inflammation is a factor involved in many chronic disease processes. Our unhealthful habits can often be a cause of inflammation also. If you consider what inflammation looks like on your skin, such as with a pimple, you can see that inflammation is closely related to blood congestion...
April 11-13 of 2014 I visited the NEWSTART Program at Weimar Center, California. The NEWSTART program focuses on total lifestyle change for prevention and reversal of disease through natural methods and offers hydrotherapy and massage as a component of the program to help participants tolerate making lifestyle changes by increasing their comfort and decreasing muscle soreness from starting exercise programs. The hydrotherapy and massage components also give them opportunities to experience personal caring from staff members. Hydrotherapy options the program offers include whirlpool baths, 16 head showers, relaxing hot packs (fomentations) and sauna baths. The program has been shown to have some dramatic results with reduction of the need for insulin use and medications, and up to 80% of those who suffer pain from diabetic neuropathy are pain free after 18 days. The program’s component of hydrotherapy for enhanced circulation is undoubtedly a contributing factor to this improvement.
Here is a list of a few useful articles on this subject, each of which provide a brief but comprehensive discussion of hydrotherapy;
The American Cancer Society discusses hydrotherapy as a medical treatment and describes what it generally involves, some of the history behind it and some general precautions; American Cancer Society hydrotherapy article
This online medical dictionary summary of hydrotherapy by The Free Dictionary provides a descriptive overview of the background and some of the uses of hydrotherapy; The Free Dictionary medical dictionary hydrotherapy article
Spine Universe offers a brief summary description of hydrotherapy and some of the key principles behind it;
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