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Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy, the use of water for healing purposes, has been used traditionally by cultures such as ancient Greece and Rome, China, and Japan. Hydrotherapy uses the buoyancy, warmth, and effects of the water's turbulence to tone up the body, stimulate digestion, the circulation and the immune system, and to bring relief from pain. Hydrotherapy is generally used in a clinical setting by naturopaths, physical therapists, massage therapists and others. This technique can include cold or hot baths and showers, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, hot and cold compresses, body wraps, wet sheet packs, salt or mud applications, colonic irrigation, leg, arm, back and neck douches, enemas and water-based exercise.

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