Hydrotherapy and Aquatic Therapy


Hydrotherapy is the immersion of the entire body or a body segment in water. Water immersion promotes an increase and/or decrease in superficial tissue temperature. The main goal of hydrotherapy is to decrease swelling, relieve joint pain and stiffness, and promote healing and relaxation.

Water has a number of physical properties, including buoyancy, viscosity, hydrostatic pressure, and a relatively high specific heat and thermal conductivity, that make it well suited for rehabilitation. There are many ways by which hydrotherapy may be implemented. ...

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