HYDROTHERAPY LECTURE 1. INTRODUCTION TO HYDROTHERAPY Hydrotherapy as a modality for rehabilitation has a long history and is as important today as it was in the past.
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INTRODUCTION TO HYDROTHERAPY
Hydrotherapy as a modality for rehabilitation has a long history and is as important today as it was in the past.
Physiotherapists are encouraged to use water, making the most of its unique properties .Hydrotherapeutic techniques must be learnt and new ideas explored and developed.
Hydrotherapy is as old as history of mankind, and information on activity in water for both therapeutic and recreational purposes has been documented.
The history of hydrotherapy as a modality used in physical therapy goes back many thousands of years. Hydrotherapy was first used therapeutically is not known, but records dating back to 2400BC in Indian culture. Also the early Egyptians used mineral waters for curative purposes. The Hindus used water to combat fevers. Japanese medical men, the Chinese as well as the Greek and Romans used baths long before the coming of the Christ.
Early pioneers of hydrotherapy were Sir John Floyer who wrote a treatise in 1697, An enquiry into the right use of hot, cold and temperature baths.
The two world wars, especially the second, highlighted the need for the use of water for exercise and the maintenance of fitness and the use of the hydrotherapy pool using total immersion as a means of rehabilitation.