Hydrotherapy in Jacuzzi / Spa

Hydrotherapy is a therapy that is carried out in water. Hydrotherapy uses a number of factors: The weightlessness of the human body in water, the warmth of the water and massage.

Water is extremely suitable for patients with rheumatic complaints, neurological disorders, muscle diseases and patients who are bound to a wheelchair. All these factors come together in a spa whirlpool.

The hydromassage jets in a spa whirlpool (often referred to as a jacuzzi among the general public) provide a pleasant and deeply penetrating massage with a beneficial effect on a psychological and physical level as a result.

History of hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is an age-old way to relieve complaints. Hydrotherapy was already used in the ancient civilizations of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. It was well known that the hot water baths could have a positive effect on health.

The first man to make his profession of hydrotherapy was Vincent Priessnitz. He started on a professional basis in 1829, and became famous for it. He got clients from all kinds of countries, a very creditable achievement at the time.

Operation of hydrotherapy

Where are the benefits of hydrotherapy? It takes advantage of the effects of different water temperatures and water pressure on the body. The skin registers the incoming stimuli and directs them to the brain, where they are processed. In response to stimuli from the skin, the brain stimulates the immune, circulatory and digestive systems, reduces the production of stress hormones and the body’s sensitivity to pain.

With regard to the temperature, use can be made of warm and cold currents. Heat provides peace of mind, it calms the muscles. Cold, on the other hand, activates the body. The pressure that the water exerts on the body can be varied endlessly, depending on the patient’s complaints. In water people experience a kind of release from gravity: in water one can float, as it were. In this way, muscle groups that cause complaints can be relieved, and exercises can be performed in a relatively safe way with the muscle group in order to loosen it up. A form of massage can be given by working with water pressure on the body.

There are many methods in which hydrotherapy can be applied. For rheumatic complaints, for example, one often works with a small warm water pool, in which the patient can do exercises. In the case of rheumatism, the warm temperature has a soothing effect on the joints. You can imagine that cold water has a much worse effect on rheumatism patients! In other cases, you can work with compresses or water baths. As you saw in the case of rheumatism, the best method of hydrotherapy depends on the patient’s complaints.