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This text offers a modern approach to hydrotherapy- the use of water, ice, steam, and hot and cold temperatures to improve or maintain health- as performed by massage therapists. Authored by an experienced massage therapist, this book presents clear, uncomplicated explanations of how hydrotherapy affects the body, and then demonstrates a wide variety of hydrotherapy treatments.
The book suggests how massage therapists may use hydrotherapy treatments before and during massage sessions, or give these treatments to clients to do between sessions for faster and better results. The author presents real-life examples and case studies obtained through interviews with massage therapists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, naturopathic doctors, aquatic therapists, and medical doctors treating patients in a medical hydrotherapy setting.
Chapter 1: Introduction to Hydrotherapy Chapter 2: The Science of Water Chapter 3: Effects of Hydrotherapy Chapter 4: Preparing to Give Hydrotherapy Treatments Chapter 5: Hot Packs, Fomentations, and Compresses: Local Heat Applications Chapter 6: Cold Packs, Compresses, and Ice Massage: Local Cold Applications Chapter 7: Immersion Baths Chapter 8: Hot Air Baths Chapter 9: Showers Chapter 10: Body Wraps Chapter 11: Friction Treatments Chapter 12: Hydrotherapy Self-Treatments for Health and Wellness Chapter 13: Hydrotherapy and Massage for Musculoskeletal Injuries Chapter 14: Hydrotherapy and Massage for Non-Injury Conditions Appendix A: Simple Hydrotherapy Record and Self-Treatment Handouts Appendix B: Pool Therapy Appendix C: Pyrotherapy: Using Artificial Fever to Treat Disease Appendix D: Where to Buy Hydrotherapy Equipment Appendix E: Answers to Chapter Review Questions Glossary Index