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    Introduction

    Post by ManOfPeace on September 12th 2012, 11:15 am

    The word Hydrotherapy can be divided into two parts: hydro = water + therapy = treatment. It is defined by the dictionary as the "External use of water in the medical treatment of certain diseases. Hydrotherapy utilizes water in any of its three forms- solid, liquid, or vapor- in treatment of disease or injury.

    Water is a valuable therapeutic agent because of nine remarkable properties:

    1. Nearly always available, abundant, and cheap
    2. Great power for absorbing and releasing heat
    3. Solvent properties, water being the one universal solvent
    4. Easy to apply
    5. Non-irritating (even internally)
    6. Proper density for buoyancy
    7. Water gives up heat rapidly, yet it does not cool to rapidly
    8. Proper viscosity (fluidity)
    9. Exists in three states at useful temperatures

    Hydrotherapy and the body:
    The body is very sensitive to changes in temperature. Hydrotherapy may be used to:


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