Hydrotherapy: Use hot water

The fundamental properties that water has are: solvent properties, transforming elements eliminated by the body to all those substances which are water soluble; excretory properties, dragging the dissolved substances that are assimilated by the body to the corresponding emunctories disposal and emunctories are primary, secondary, pathological or artificial, and strengthening properties, the nervous reaction strengthen natural defenses should use our vital energy specific to the maintenance of health.

The benefits of water, like clay or fruit and vegetable juices or herbal teas can be applied both in internal and external use.

Internal use
The water we use must always be as natural as possible so that not ingesting substances that are normally dissolved in the water used by civilization. Natural water not being infected and thus need not boiled do not spoil their minerals and vitamins. Always be taken to the room temperature should never be cold or too hot nor too much, because in this way would be detrimental. Water should be savoring and licking.

External use

In the external application of water the skin plays an important role. The contact of hot or cold water causes the reaction to this result, whatever the form of hydrotherapy. The application of water in the body always exerts a thermal stimulus. The thermal reaction is vasoconstriction or vasodilation, depending on hot or cold water applied. It will always be the opposite reaction. The cold will cause heat in the skin, cold and heat cause. Hence the advantage of cold water on the hot when it comes to producing nerve reaction in the skin to influence this with cold water, which cause skin reaction in hot and erosion and internal heat or fever outward from the viscera easing the noble organs.

The beneficial effects of cold water leaving the body are increased without drying, except skin folds.

Elementary rules for the practice of hydrotherapy:

1. Before any application of cold water is necessary that the body is able to react to the stimulus of that heat. The skin and especially the feet should be warm. At least 36.5 º C in the axilla.

2. Ensure that the body reacts with heat after application of warm or cold water through physical exercise

3. Cold water applications should be made with empty stomach, except as indicated especially by your instructor.

4. Applications of ice should not be used.

5. Women and girls must stay hydrotherapy treatments during menstruation, some three days or so, except clay poultices, compresses and other applications that are indicated specifically.

General notes:
¨ Action analgesic (relieves pain). It is used in arthritis, osteoarthritis, muscle spasms, neuritis and neuralgia.
¨ Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action. Increases defense mechanisms of the blood.
¨ antispasmodic action. Eliminates spasm. Indicated in asthmatic bronchitis, stiff neck, back pain, polio, muscle aches, vesicular gastralgias, and cramps of all kinds.
¨ Action revolting (accumulation of blood on the surface of the skin or mucous membranes. Decongest the internal organs.

Hot sitz bath: She sits in a tub or similar leaving legs out so that the hot water until it reaches near the navel. Just be wet buttocks, genitals and lower abdomen. The hands and arms should not touch the hot water. The water will range between 37 º C and 39 º C. The submerged parts wrapped themselves well. Once completed there will be a cold rub the washed with hot water. Length: 10 to 15 minutes.
Indications: Diseases of the female genital tract (if there is no fever), abnormal menstruation (amenorrhea), prostatitis, kidney or intestinal cramps, insomnia. In cases of spasmodic conditions will not rub cold. He will go straight to bed warm.

Sitz bath temperature rising: it begins at a temperature of 36 ° C., which increases up to 41 º C. or 42 º C. The length is about 20 minutes. Following bed rest for an hour, and finally a final cold wash.
Indications: Disorders jerky or inflammatory (cystitis, pyelitis, urethritis) in the urinary bladder, renal pelvis and ureter, as well as support for the elimination of kidney stones. Menstrual disorders, amenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, chronic prostatitis.

Sitz bath alternative
: It is like the cold sitz bath, using yet another bowl with hot water and switching alternately from one bucket to another (2 to 3 minutes hot with 1 minute cold). Starting always with hot and cold finishing. Average length: 10 to 15 minutes.

Full bathroom hot: The water temperature will range between 36 and 38 degrees C., with the duration of the bath from 10 to 15 minutes. After the bath there will be a cold rub all over my body and it will house at rest for 20 minutes. No practice one hour before or after meals, or we will add at the end of the bathroom (leaving out much of the water before getting out of the bathtub).
Uses: Sedative and sleep flattering. The temperature does not exceed 38 º C. or 15 minutes. Muscle relaxant. Promotes joint mobility (arthritis generalized)
Contraindications: Heart conditions (failure, postinfarction states, pericarditis, endocarditis, etc.). Varices accented, thrombophlebitis. Hpertensión or hypotension. Inflammatory conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, for example)

Full steam
: It sits on a bench covered from neck to feet with a kind of plastic or similar layer to avoid escaping steam that rises from under the bench to influence the entire body with a hard rubber tube plugged into a pressure cooker blowing incessantly. Or, using a normal boiling pot placed under the sidewalk, which is renewed when it runs out of steam that regulate the pot lid. This application always ends with a quick rub COLD WATER, and houses without drying.
Duration 20 minutes.

Washing the blood
: It is like the FULL STEAM BATH, leaving every 5 to 6 minutes of steam to give a rub COLD quickly and return immediately to steam. Ending within 30 to 40 minutes with the last rubbing cold, and houses without drying.

Steam to the column: It is done like FULL STEAM BATH, but focusing on the jet of steam toward the spine. Always ending with the rub of cold water and coat without drying.

Hammam half box: Use the same system FULL STEAM BATH, covering the body to receive steam only from the armpits to the feet. Duration 20 minutes.

Hammam impairment
: Does the steam bath for half a case, focusing on the steam to the kidneys. It ends with rubbing COLD WATER, sheltering without drying. Duration 20 minutes.

Hammam the belly
: Makes STEAM BATH HALF BOX, focusing on the steam into the belly. It ends with harboring COLD WATER rub without drying. Duration 20 minutes.

Hammam's legs:
It is given first minute or two cold jet knees to feet and then get the steam to the legs, covering her skirt shaped waist to feet to retain the steam. It ends with COLD WATER quick rub the sweat zone, sheltering without drying. Duration 15 minutes.

Hot foot baths (hot bath knees to feet)
. Is given first minute or two of cold water on his knees to feet and then is input from the feet to the knees in a tub or bucket filled with hot water high, with the maximum temperature that will stand without burning, covering as skirt to retain heat in the legs about 15 minutes and can sit comfortably. It ends with a quick cold-water rub the entire area sweaty coat without drying.

Foot bath alternating temperature
: It takes two suitable containers or buckets that fit in your feet. First, the feet are placed on the container of hot water (38-40 º C) for 5-10 minutes, and then in cold water (below 20 º C) for 10 or 20 seconds. This process is repeated two or three times, always ending with a rub of cold water.
Directions: congestion and headaches, nervous excitability, insomnia, menopause disorders, hypertension, vascular exercise like gymnastics or if cardiovascular disorders. To combat cold feet, slight disturbances of the arterial supply to the legs, chronic infections (pharyngitis, sinusitis), urinary tract infections, weakened defensive capabilities, excessive sweating of the feet.

Foot bath temperature up: We start at a temperature of 35 º C. and, after adding hot water occasionally try to arrive at a 41 º C maximum. The duration lasts between 10 and 20 minutes. Then you rest for one hour (preferably lying down) and gives then a cold wash lower body, or a cold jet on your legs.
Indications: chronic local inflammations in the area bathed, inflammation of the pelvic organs, including bladder, acute and chronic nephritis. Sleeplessness caused by cold feet. Tendovaginitis chronic. For its derivative action and reflects, in inflammation of the throat (pharyngitis, laryngitis, etc.) And ear (otitis).

Hot bath of arms: It is practiced at a temperature of 37-38 º C. and their duration varies from 10 to 20 minutes. After that is done a bath with cold water from the arms of 10 to 20 seconds or there is a rub of cold water.
Indications: chronic rheumatic disorders of the joints of the arms, bronchial asthma, bronchitis, post-treatment bruising and dislocations, tendovaginitis, suffering chronic cold hands, headaches.

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