HYDROTHERAPY MEANING

Hydrotherapy is probably as old as mankind. Hydrotherapy is one of the basic methods of treatment widely used in the system of natural medicine, which is also called by various names; water therapy, aquatic therapy, pool therapy just to mention a few.

Hydrotherapy is the external or internal use of water in any of its natural forms: water, ice or steam for health promotion or treatment of various diseases with various temperatures, pressure, duration, and sites.

Another way to describe hydrotherapy is an alternative medicine practice that uses water usually in a pool, bathtub, and warm spring as a natural remedy to help manage a variety of health conditions. You may ask “why is hydrotherapy so effective in the treatment of virtually every human ailment”?

Well the answer is not farfetched; water is a universal solvent that serves as medium of transporting energy, nutrients and oxygen round human body. The body is made up of about 70 per cent water (once this percentage drops to say 50 per cent death becomes inevitable. When water is applied to the body, “deep calleth unto deep”.

Also considering our environment, water is everywhere; surface water which is made up of sea, large bodies of water, rivers, glaciers e.t.c. is about 1.4 billion km³ by volume, water inside of the Earth is about 1000 billion km³ by volume and water in the atmosphere is conservatively 53 billion km³.

Water is the most precious and essential natural resource, in the words of W. H. Auden, “Thousand have lived without love, not one without water. And Dr. Sylvia Earle the legendary oceanographer, deep sea explorer cum researcher, put it this way “No water, no life. No blue, no green.

Use of water in various forms and in various temperatures can produce different effects on different system of the body. Many studies and reviews reported the effects of hydrotherapy only on very few systems and there is lack of studies and reviews in reporting the evidence-based effects of hydrotherapy on various systems.

The Moon causes tides in the ocean through its gravitational pull. It does the same to the human bodies as they contain 70 per cent water. There might not be very strong scientific evidence to back up the claim that human behavioral changes are linked to the pull of the moon.

Lunatic came from the idea that changes in mental health were related to lunar cycles. It had been observed that people gained and lost their ability to reason according to the moon changing phases.

Shakespeare in his book, Othello, made allusion to this when the character, Emilia tells Othello that the moon has drawn too close to the Earth – and driven men insane.

The full moon affects both your emotion and mental health and provokes bizarre behavior and physical illness; Sleep, cardiovascular health, mental health are impacted during full moon.

There have been several studies done that show emotional changes in humans during the full moon. It’s said that the moon’s gravitational pull brings an increase of social tension and disharmony.

If human behavior is drastically influenced by the lunar cycle, it makes sense that there could be a notable increase or decrease in the amount of crime that occurs during a full moon.

The ocean tides rise and fall with the moon’s phases, and several animals and marine species including human have their reproductive cycles timed to lunar cycles.

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