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hydrotherapy,

use of water in the treatment of illness or injury. Although the medicinal and hygienic value of water was recognized by the early Greeks, hydrotherapy attained its widest use in the 18th and 19th cent. through the practice of the British physician Sir John Floyer and an Austrian peasant, Vincenz Priessnitz. Priessnitz is credited with a number of inventions still in use including the sponge bath, the douche, and the wet sheet pack, and he is acknowledged as an important contributor to the rise of the health spa movement in Europe. Scientific hydrotherapy is based on the conduction of heat to or from the body by means of a water medium. Heated water is used for its sedative effect, and hot water vapor is used in controlled situations to relieve pain. Patients who have suffered extensive burns are often immersed in water for long periods. Maintained at skin temperature, i.e., approximately 93°F; (34°C;), the water prevents loss of body heat. Fevers are reduced by cold sponge baths taken on rubber sheets. Whirlpool baths are used to relieve painful muscle and joint conditions, and underwater exercise has proved a useful physical therapy in cases of paralysis and stiffness of the extremities.

hydrotherapy

[‚hī·drə′ther·ə·pē]
(medicine)
Treatment of disease by external application of water.

hydrotherapy

Med the treatment of certain diseases by the external use of water, esp by exercising in water in order to mobilize stiff joints or strengthen weakened muscles
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Afterwards, we will prepare the baby's towel, swimming diaper and let the parents double-check the water temperature to know if we should adjust the water before we put on the babies' floaters and start the hydrotherapy."
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"We've already had some people test out the hydrotherapy pool and the feedback has been great.
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The couple are experienced in dog hydrotherapy and ran a similar unit for seven years in the UK.
However, after undergoing colon hydrotherapy he feels better and he now goes through the therapy almost once a week.
Victoria, who is holding an open evening at House of Hounds on Wednesday, said hydrotherapy was helpful for dogs recovering from an operation or injury or suffering from conditions such as obesity, arthritis and cruciate ligament damage by enabling them to exercise without putting strain on their joints.
Cornelia Gloor, head of Department, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation at RAK Hospital, said the physical principles of water help to make hydrotherapy such a beneficial method of rehabilitation.
Last year, after a college course, Julie set up Craigard Treadmill Hydrotherapy, part of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association, at her Lincolnshire home.
Hydrotherapy (also known as aquatic therapy) is the use of exercises in a pool as part of treatment for various diseasesor medical conditions.
Dr Asim Hussain had filed petition praying the court to allow him to undergo medical treatment and avail hydrotherapy facility in his personal hospital.
(TAP) -- The delegation of the National Office of Thermalism and Hydrotherapy concluded its participation at Vienna's Health & Wellness Exhibition, November 4-6, by signing several agreements in principle with representatives of Austrian Social Security Funds and a number of private and public insurance groups and companies enabling them to cover health bills of their affiliates during their hydrotherapy stay in Tunisia.