hydrotherapy


hy·dro·ther·a·py

noun \ˌhī-drə-ˈther-ə-pē\

: the use of water in the treatment of disease or injury

Full Definition of HYDROTHERAPY

:  the therapeutic use of water (as in a whirlpool bath) — compare hydropathy

Origin of HYDROTHERAPY

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1876

hy·dro·ther·a·py

noun \-ˈther-ə-pē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural hy·dro·ther·a·pies

Medical Definition of HYDROTHERAPY

: the therapeutic use of water (as in a whirlpool bath)—compare hydropathy

hydrotherapy

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

External use of water for medical treatment. Wet heat helps relieve pain, improves circulation, and promotes relaxation. Wet cold causes blood vessels to close, reducing swelling and pain after injury. Underwater exercise helps strengthen weak muscles, restore joint motion after injury, clean and heal burned flesh, aid muscle function after stroke, and treat arthritic deformity and pain. Whirlpool baths and showers are also used. Hydrotherapy is usually employed by specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

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