Since ancient times, hydrotherapy – or “water healing” – has been a commonly used method to treat a wide variety of common ailments, including neck and back pain. And while your early ancestors might have needed to seek out the nearest hot spring in order to take advantage of hydrotherapy’s benefits, modern technology has made it incredibly easy for you to enjoy the same positive results.
What does hydrotherapy offer?
Whether you’re in the comfort of your own home or at your local gym, a whirlpool, hot tub or swimming pool can offer you excellent ways to put hydrotherapy to use. Even the tub in your bathroom can serve as an effective hydrotherapy setting. That’s because varying combinations of water movement speed and water temperature can soothe and strengthen your body in a number of ways. For instance, the gentle undulation of the hot water in a spa can reduce inflammation and pain in your neck, back and joints. Furthermore, by using the natural resistance that water provides, you can try performing aerobic exercises to help strengthen muscles, increase blood flow and improve flexibility. Even taking a hot bath at the end of a stressful day can ease tension in your neck and back and reduce pain. Do not use any type of hydrotherapy until six weeks after surgery.
Learn more about hydrotherapy
As you can see, hydrotherapy treatments – also known as pool therapy – can vary in simplicity from a simple hot bath to more vigorous water aerobics. That’s why it’s important to speak with your physician to find out more about the types of water treatments that might help ease the symptoms of your spinal condition – whether you have been diagnosed with foraminal stenosis, a ruptured disc, spinal stenosis or any of a variety of degenerative conditions.
However, if hydrotherapy, physical therapy or other conservative treatments haven’t eased your pain and other symptoms, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about our innovative outpatient procedures so you can start on your journey to pain relief.