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September 16, 2021 2 min read

As you know, we love hydrotherapy! It’s literally in our name: Vital Hydrotherapy. So, let’s take some time to break down what hydrotherapy is, what the benefits are, and how you can partake in hydrotherapy at home.

woman partaking in hydrotherapy with jetted bathtub

What is Hydrotherapy?

The basic principle of hydrotherapy is using water for health purposes, such as arthritis, rheumatic complaints, easing muscle soreness and more.

Some people also refer to hydrotherapy as aquatic therapy or water therapy.

Hydrotherapy comes in many different forms, such as soaking in a warm bath, relaxing in a steam sauna, or doing exercises in the pool.

Benefits of Hydrotherapy

The following are just a few examples of the benefits of hydrotherapy.

Relaxation

Water therapy can aid relaxation of both the body and mind.

Workout Recovery

Athletes have been known to partake in both warm/hot water therapy and cold water therapy.

Arthritis Symptoms

This study found that some people enjoyed decreased pain and increased knee functionality after 8 weeks of hydrotherapy.

A Few More Benefits of Hydrotherapy:

  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced pain
  • Boost immunity
  • Detoxify the body
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved appearance of skin

Equipment That Can Help You Enjoy Hydrotherapy at Home

You don’t have to go anywhere special to participate in hydrotherapy. In fact, incorporating hydrotherapy into your daily routine can help support, or even elevate your active lifestyle.

The following are just a few options to help you incorporate hydrotherapy into your home life.

Saunas

One of the easiest ways to give your body a refresh is by hanging out in the sauna.

Plus, these days, there are so many options when it comes to bringing a sauna home. You can choose between steam heat or infrared heat (although that's getting away from the water), indoor saunas or outdoor saunas, big saunas or little saunas.

what is hydrotherapy - golden designs osla 6 person traditional steam sauna

The Osla 6 Person Traditional Steam Sauna

Hot Tubs

Indulge in a hydro-massage and leave the stress of the day behind you. You can stimulate muscle recovery and revitalize your mind and body with a good 15-20 minute hot tub soak.

what is hydrotherapy - Infltable MSPA Soho Hot Tub

Steam Showers

Steam showers are excellent at helping to clear congestion and ease bronchitis symptoms. They also aid in improving skin health and lowering joint stiffness. And, like all hydrotherapy, steam showers are relaxing.

Remember not to overstay in your steam shower. (We know it’s tempting!) 15-20 minutes should be plenty of time to enjoy all the benefits of a good steam.

what is hydrotherapy - Maya Bath Platinum Anzio Steam Shower in White

Jetted Baths

There’s something about bubbles and heated water that just makes your body relax. Soaking in your jetted bathtub can relieve stress, promote weight loss, and reduce inflammation.

what is hydrotherapy - Mesa Malibu BT-062 Whirlpool Jetted Clawfoot Tub

As you can see, there are so many benefits, and so many ways to partake in hydrotherapy! Always remember to consult your doctor before participating in at home hydrotherapy. When you’ve decided that water therapy is for you, we at Vital Hydrotherapy are ready to help!