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Water can be used in a number of ways. It can be applied to areas of the body, or the body or parts of it can be immersed in water, and various substances such as essential oils, clay, Epsom salts can be used in water to alter its effects. Water can be used hot, warm, or neutral body temperature , cold, or as ice or even steam.
Water can be applied at an even temperature directly or via material, such as a cotton towel, and then alternated with either hotter or colder water in order to stimulate a response from the body.
With careful application, and using scientifically applied principles, we can direct blood or withdraw blood to any part of the body. A working hypothesis of Naturopathy is that health, and therefore healing, is proportional to the normal flow of healthy blood.
Specifically, this refers to the quantity and quality of blood flowing through a given tissue. Through the application of hot and cold compresses, we can regulate and in fact increase or decrease the circulation in any part of the body. We employ this mechanism through the use of Hydrotherapy thermal therapy. The Constitutional Treatment Constitutional Hydrotherapy is a very effective treatment in which hot and cold towels are applied to the trunk of a patient in order to help boost the immune system, improve circulation and detoxify the body of unwanted waste matter.
Electrical apparatus that gives a sine wave, or Tens machine Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator is attached to the dorsal area of the back T5 , also the umbilicus navel to help control and regulate heart beat. Speeds it up. We know that therapeutic heat may be applied to the body by various methods, e. But it should be remembered that the primary value of water in healing is its ability to carry heat.
To summarize this in strictly Naturopathic terms, neither water nor heat nor cold water heals; only the body heals; but hot and cold via water can enhance the capacity of the body to heal. Dr OJ Carroll brought about and perfected this treatment as a result of mastering other hydrotherapeutic treatments and used this same system for about 60 years.
He used variations of this routine and modified it to suit the patient and the particular disorder. A good time to start is about late March. The liver is far more responsive to tonification during the months of spring. Please note that adequate manual lymphatic drainage must always be carried out to ensure that there is no passive congestion. Manual lymphatic drainage or MLD, is a form of very light rhythmical massage that encourages stimulation of the lymphatic system.
It is a very specific technique of manual body massage therapy. The lymphatic system has a vital role in the body by regulating the immune system, which protects the body against infection. It transports nutrients to cells and eliminates metabolic wastes, toxins and excess fluids from the body.
MLD is also a very effective way of detoxing the body plus stimulating vital immune defences. This is a powerful, deep cleansing treatment. Using a light touch, the therapist helps to clear areas of congestion and stagnation. MLD is a great addition to other detox measures. How it Works If Hydrotherapy is really Thermotherapy, i. For Hydrotherapeutic purposes, hot is considered to be between degrees F, and cold is considered to be between degrees F.
The chart below defines the full range of temperature possibilities: In this chart we have drawn special attention to hot and cold by italicizing them. For right now these two are the most important concepts to understand. To do this we must define them in terms of duration because their effects change depending on the length of the application.
The circulatory effects of a short hot application are not the same as the effects of a long hot application; in fact, their effects are opposite. A short hot application, defined as one lasting less than five minutes, is stimulating to the circulation.
A long hot application, defined as one lasting more than five minutes, is depressing to the circulation. As we might expect, the circulatory effects of a short cold application are the opposite of the effects of a long cold application, but the scheme for understanding the effects of cold is not identical to the one just outlined for hot.
While a short cold application is stimulating to the circulation, it is defined by duration as lasting less than one minute instead of five. And this stimulating effect is considered to be reactive.
The effect of a long cold application, i. The chart above lays out these differences in summary form: A close look at the chart reveals that duration is more predictive of the effects than temperature. Short applications are stimulative regardless of whether they are hot or cold. But how can hot and cold, which are opposites, have similar effects on the body?
Because the body reacts to hot and cold at different speeds. The body perceives cold, which is much further away from normal human body temperature than hot, as a greater threat and reacts quickly to it.
The body is less threatened by hot and reacts more slowly. Thus the intrinsic or stimulative effect of hot on the circulation is allowed to express itself before the reaction takes place, but if the heat is prolonged, the reactive, depressive effect overrules. Therefore, an application which changes temperature over time, e. A degree F towel applied to the chest and abdomen for ten minutes, even if it is amply covered by wool blankets, will be reduced in temperature to about 95 degrees F in just five minutes.
This means it is a short application even if it lasts ten minutes. A cold towel applied similarly at 55 degrees F may achieve a temperature of 70 degrees F or more after one minute and of 80 degrees F or more after ten minutes. Even though it was applied for ten minutes, its practical effect was that of a short cold application.
A cold application has an immediate, momentary and insignificant vasodilatory effect reactive which, if the application is continued long enough, is followed by another vasoconstrictive effect intrinsic.
A hot application has an immediate vasodilatory effect intrinsic followed by a vasostatic effect reactive. A short cold application stimulates the metabolism; a long cold application depresses the metabolism. Some of the metabolic and other physiological effects of short cold are depicted below: Short cold.
Water can be used in a number of ways. It can be applied to areas of the body, or the body or parts of it can be immersed in water, and various substances such as essential oils, clay, Epsom salts can be used in water to alter its effects. Water can be used hot, warm, or neutral body temperature , cold, or as ice or even steam. Water can be applied at an even temperature directly or via material, such as a cotton towel, and then alternated with either hotter or colder water in order to stimulate a response from the body.
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