When we receive significant physical injury or have medical conditions that cause pain, physical therapy is often recommended to help with recovery. A very soothing and relaxing form of treatment is water or hydrotherapy.
Hydrotherapy has been used for hundreds of years. It utilizes the healing properties of water and the body’s reaction to it at different temperatures. For instance, cold water may be used to reduce inflammation while warm water may be used to increase circulation.
Water therapy has proven effective in treating certain conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, muscle strains or tears, back pain or head injuries
There are many benefits a patient can achieve from hydrotherapy, they include:
- Pain relief
- Increased circulation
- Re-education of paralyzed muscles
- Increased range of motion in joints
- Strengthening weak muscles
- Rehabilitating injured limbs
Hydrotherapy may not be recommended for patients with heart disease, hypertension or vascular conditions. Each case is unique to the individual and speaking with a doctor is highly recommended.
The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Flushing Hospital Medical Center offers a multi-disciplinary team approach to the treatment of conditions and injuries. Following an assessment by a physician and therapist, a program is developed to achieve maximum results. A patient’s program may involve the use of therapeutic exercise, heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, hydrotherapy, and patient education. To schedule an appointment, please call (718) 670-5515.
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