Water has been used and recognized for many years for its properties that induce the healing of the human body. Hydrotherapy is quickly becoming an accepted form of physical therapy in the scientific world. Be in in the form of heat, such as the hot tubs found at choosehottubsdirect.com, or in the form of ice. One of the more popular forms of this is known as ‘contrast baths’. This involves patients being completely immersed in a hot tub for just one to two minutes, then transferred directly into a tub fill with cold water for thirty seconds. This back and forth between the hot and the cold happens anywhere from five to ten times in a single therapy session. The final soak will be in the cold tub. This form of treatment is not used on those that are elderly, or on small children. Just as well, those with particular dispositions that would lead them towards nervousness are often not treated in this manner either.
This form of therapy results in the a heighten pumping of the heart and of the blood, forcing more blood through to the vital organs or to the areas that are in need of healing and attention. The back and forth causes the dilation and the constriction of the blood vessels at a rapid rate. Any areas of the body that are swollen will benefit from this procedure greatly. The rapid pumping of blood ensures that fresh blood is pass through the vessels, veins and arteries transporting the agents necessary for the healing process. This is also great for the reduction of pain, and is used on specific body parts as well, such as sprained ankles or sore shoulders. One specific disease that is often treated in this manner is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendinitis. Following a break in a bone, this procedure is often performed on the patient prior to the application of the cast, to ensure that the swelling is at the lowest rate possible before the plaster is applied, thus securing a firm cast. Contrast baths also serve to relax one as well, and are often used for simply the reason of the reduction of stress.