Benefits of Balneotherapy
When thinking of doing something like fighting cellulite, reducing back pain, or easing fibromyalgia pain, you might imagine laborious exercises and treatments. While these conditions may require some effort for treatment, there is a non-intensive solution you should investigate as well.
We are talking about balneotherapy. Balneotherapy is non-intensive and can compliment many medical procedures. Interested? We imagine you are!
What is balneotherapy?
Balneotherapy is a therapeutic treatment that involves soaking in a bath. This is no ordinary bath, though. Balneotherapy involves loading the bath with minerals, oils, enzymes, and other solutions.
What goes into the bath depends on what condition is being treated. In some cases, balneotherapy uses mud for treatment!
Balneotherapy mainly involves soaking in hot water, but it also uses whirlpools, water jets, and contrast baths. A contrast bath is a bath that alternates temperature from hot to cold.
This therapy is exciting because of its potential for relaxation and restoration. Let’s plunge in and take a deeper look!
How does balneotherapy work?
If you have a tub at home, you can perform some balneotherapy without having to go anywhere! For example, you can assemble some treatments at home that involve nothing more than hot water and essential oils or salts.
Do some research on what kind of oils and salts to use, and how much you should use. Many literature options are available on the subject. For further investigation, you should consult a professional balneotherapy therapist.
Many balneotherapy treatments cannot be done at home. These require a professional to be present. A professional can recommend and administer correct treatment options depending on your case.
Professional facilities have more equipment and options than you will at home. A therapist can time your bath just right — usually 20 to 50 minutes — and administer any massage therapy with water jets.
What does balneotherapy treat?
One of the nice features of balneotherapy is that it can treat a variety of conditions. Balneotherapy helps treat, but is not restricted to, the following:
- Lower back pain. Balneotherapy can reduce pain in your lower back with mineral-enriched water. And, not only does balneotherapy reduce pain, it increases mobility in your back too!
- Fibromyalgia. Balneotherapy can help those with widespread muscle pain related to fibromyalgia. A hot, mineral-enriched bath can help reduce pain and lessen fibromyalgia-related sensitive areas.
- Cellulite. Balneotherapy uses mineral-enriched water to reduce the presence of unwanted cellulite.
- Circulation. Regular sessions of using a contrast bath can improve poor circulation.
- Clogged pores. Balneotherapy enriches hot water with enzymes to unclog your pores and give your skin a more healthy, youthful appearance.
- Arthritic pain. Balneotherapy is not a cure for arthritis, but it does help alleviate the symptoms. A professional therapist can use balneotherapy to help improve joint motion, reduce stiffness, and increase strength in the affected area.
- Psoriasis. This common affliction can be reversed by balneotherapy. Mineral-rich water can reduce the dry, scaly skin associated with psoriasis.
This is just naming a few. Balneotherapy is still being studied by experts, but it can help you feel better in response to many ailments!
Is balneotherapy right for me?
If you have any of the conditions mentioned above, balneotherapy may be right for you. Talk to your doctor or therapist before making a decision.
Balneotherapy may present some negative side effects with certain conditions. If you are pregnant or have any of the following, talk to your doctor to find out if balneotherapy is right for you:
- Open wounds
- High blood pressure
The idea of increasing your well-being while relaxing sounds like a dream come true to anyone. If you’re ready to check out balneotherapy, talk to your therapist today!