Hydrotherapy is simply water therapy. Used a therapy modality, the water temperature and agitation is varied depending on the treatment goals. Warmer water induces vasodilation, drawing blood into the target tissues. Increased blood flow delivers needed oxygen and nutrients, and removes cell waste. The warmth also decreases muscle spasm, relaxes tense muscles, relieves pain, and can increase range of motion.
Most of our clinics have whirlpools for hydrotherapy of the extremities, including contrast bath therapy. Contrast bath therapy alternates warm and cold water to reduce swelling around injuries and speeds recovery after exercise. Also, our Davison and Clarkston clinics have a full-sized pool available for those who are not able to exercise on land and would benefit from hydrotherapy/aquatic therapy.
Fluidotherapy is a high intensity heat modality consisting of a dry whirlpool of finely divided solid particles suspended in a heated air stream, the mixture having the properties of a liquid. Studies comparing its effective heating with that of a paraffin bath and whirlpool have found them to be similar. The indications for fluidized therapy are similar to paraffin baths and whirlpool. Use of fluidized therapy dry heat reduces pain, edema, and muscle spasm from acute or subacute traumatic or non-traumatic musculoskeletal disorders of the extremities.