Hydrotherapy – therapy and pleasure

Hydrotherapy – therapy and pleasure
10/01/2015 Margarida Moreira

Hydrotherapy (or hydropathy), as the name implies, is the treatment that uses the properties of water to improve the health and physical well-being.

Hydrotherapy relaxes muscles, relieves pain and inflammation of the joints and burns, lowers fever and reduces labor pains.

Water can be used in various forms such as hot relaxing and stimulating the immune system and cold to reduce inflammation in the form of steam to treat respiratory disorders (essential oils are often added).

The most common treatments with water resort are:

Shower: favors the circulatory system and relieves muscle aches.

Warm bath: reduces fever and it is very relaxing – aromatherapists recommend the addition of essential oil of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) or plants (complete, flowers or just the petals).

Swimming pool: recommended by physiotherapists, especially for people with osteoarthritis. Improves respiratory system, reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems and strengthens the joints.

Wet compresses: decreases hematoma, reduces fever and headaches.

Pressure: Jacuzzi and hot tubs: Jets do physiotherapy and massage, which soothes joint pain and strengthens muscle strength.

Treatments with steam and saunas: improves respiratory infections (essential oils are added to the water), relieves headaches and rejuvenates the skin because the pores open and expel toxins.

Internal Hydrotherapy: Colon vaginal irrigation and reduce a number of potentially serious problems.


People with nervous disorders that affect the nerve endings, diabetic and hypertensive patients should consult a health professional before treatment and be monitored in the meantime.

People wishing to undertake hydrotherapy with essential oils should discuss with your healthcare professional the contraindications and side effects to avoid allergic reactions.

With regard to vaginal irrigation, it is important to know that the vagina is self-cleaning through their secretions which are then expelled and that vaginal irrigation can alter the pH and the natural flora, causing infections. Pregnant women are advised against the use of this treatment.


KRAPP, K. [et al.]. Manual de medicinas complementares. Barcelona; Loures; Porto: Oceano: Crerital: Nova Variante, [2004]. [VIII], Original title: The gale encyclopedia of alternative medicine

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