Hydrotherapy, properties and benefits of water

Hydrotherapy: what are the forms of treatment, the benefits and possible applications of water as a natural remedy.

L'hydrotherapyis a branch of medicine andalternative medicineparticularly used in naturopathy and physiotherapy.

L'hydrotherapyrequires the use of water to relieve pain or to treat various ailments.

The termhydrotherapyit is very generic and includes a wide range ofapproachesistherapeutic methodsthat exploit the physical properties of water.

Among the most common uses ofhydrotherapythere are those who use temperature and pressure to stimulate blood circulation.

The forms ofhydrotherapythey are numerous. Below we will list some of them deepening what are the forms ofhydrotherapymost popular. It is good to specify that thehydrotherapy, unlike many other branches ofalternative medicine, was not born in Asia but in Europe! Hydrotherapy is much more rooted among us Europeans and in other parts of the world.

  • Mineral baths
    - bath therapy with silica, sulfur, selenium and radio
    - water massage
    - relaxation in water
    - motor stimulation in water
    - thalassotherapy (therapeutic use of sea water)
    - mud therapy (bath with medicinal clays)
    - Swiss shower
    - therapies with epson salts (where hydrotherapy meets thehalotherapy)
  • Hydromassage
    - cervical massage
    - jacuzzi
    - all massages that use high pressure water jets
  • Hot Roman bath
  • Kneip therapy
    - kneip path

Hydrotherapy, the spa

The natural thermal springs have been exploited since ancient times, just think of the famous onesRoman thermal baths. In the ancient Roman Empire, even the people had the right tospa treatments, in fact there was no shortage of public baths intended for the plebs.

With time and progress, spa treatments have become a tourist phenomenon, just think of the Springs of Pamukkale in Turkey. Unfortunately, the Pamukkale baths today are artificially controlled, that is, they are filled with “thermal waters” only in the periods of greatest tourist turnout… If you visit the Pamukkale baths in low season, you will find the famous dried baths.

Also in Italy there is no lack of examples of natural pools. In my photo below you can see the thermal baths of Saturnia. Access to the natural pools is free and possible even in the coldest periods of the year as the water temperature is stable between 37-40 ° C.

Kneip path

That of the Kneip path is a long story that begins in 1849 when the scholarSebastian Kneipphe fell ill with TB (tuberculosis) and to cure himself he decided to exploit the power of water and thermal shocks. For all information on the benefits of the aforementioned treatment, please refer to the page:Kneip path.

Hot water bottle

Who among you has never heard of this natural remedy? The hot water bottle is not only used in winter when the heating system is broken. The application of heat localized to specific areas can relieve pain and discomfort. The classic hot water bag can be used to soothe neck pain, arthritis and back pain.

Using the same principle of thermal energy to counteract pain, heatable pillows for the nape and cervical area have spread on the market. A heatable pillow (for the neck) is offered on Amazon at a price of 24.90 euros with free shipping. The pillow has no electrical devices but only an internal padding capable of accumulating heat and releasing it when placed in contact with the nape. Before use, the pillow must be heated in the microwave! As an alternative to the pillow, there are cheaper hot water bottles.


The foot bath is another very popular natural remedy and takes advantage of the properties of water. The foot bath is useful to solve the problem of cold feet but also to counteract swelling and sweaty feet. Refreshing herbs or essential oils with different properties can be added to the water in the foot bath. For example, theessential oil of star aniseit has strong antimicrobial properties and is perfect for those who want to solve the problem of sweaty feet.

Bath with essential oils

Essential oils include the most varied properties based on the plant species of origin. To prepare a bath with essential oils (relaxing, stimulating, antidepressant, purifying…), just take a handful of coarse salt and wet it with 5-10 drops of essential oil of your choice.

For the properties, I recommend that you take a look at the individual cards because, as anticipated, each essence has its own unique characteristics. For the properties of essential oils:

  • Star anise essential oil
  • Sweet orange essential oil
  • Bergamot essential oil
  • Cananga odorata essential oil
  • Cypress essential oil
  • Citroenlla essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Juniper essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Cedarwood essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Neroli essential oil
  • Palmarosa essential oil
  • Patchouli essential oil
  • Petitgrain essential oil
  • Grapefruit essential oil
  • Ravintsara essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil
  • Ravensara essential oil
  • Sage essential oil
  • Tea Tre essential oil
  • Thyme essential oil
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • Orange blossom essential oil

Epsom baths and Aqua Gym

How many of you have already heard ofwater aerobics?I suppose many. Water gymnastics is recommended for burning calories, toning and eliminating excess fluids and toxins. Baths with epsom salts are especially suitable for sportsmen but also for those with magnesium deficiencies. Immersing yourself in water with Epsom salt seems to be a natural remedy for muscle pain. For every information:Epsom and Epsomite salt.

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