What is Hydrotherapy (water therapy)?

Category: Physical Therapy

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See also: Aquatic Therapy Exercises, Balneotherapy Hot Pool Exercises

Hydrotherapy, formerly called hydropathy involves the use of water for soothing pains and treating diseases. Hydrotherapy is used to treat musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or spinal cord injuries and in patients suffering burns, spasticity, stroke or paralysis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 54 20
Pain 33 14
Muscle pain 18 5
Improve flexibility/strength 8 7
General health 7 1
Improve mobility 6 2

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Hydrotherapy (water therapy)"

Severe
3
Moderate
5
Mild
11
None
26

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy))
Dosage Patients
1 hr weekly 3
30 min weekly 3
weekly 3
40 min weekly 3
60 min weekly 13
80 min weekly 3
90 min weekly 8
120 min weekly 11
weekly 4
240 min weekly 3
Why Patients Stopped Going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy) (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 18
Course of treatment ended 17
Did not seem to work 12
Expense 9
Side effects too severe 6
Doctor's advice 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Not indicated 2
See all 53 patients who’ve stopped going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Duration

Currently Going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 1
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 6
2 years or more 16
Stopped Going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)
Duration Patients
0-1 month 6
1-3 months 14
3-6 months 14
6 months-1 year 10
1-2 years 4
2 years or more 5
Adherence
Always
24 53%
Usually
18 40%
Sometimes
3 7%
Never
0 0%
Burden
Very
4 9%
Somewhat
21 47%
A little
13 29%
Not at all
7 16%
Cost
$200+
1 4%
$100-199
6 22%
$50-99
9 33%
$25-49
4 15%
< $25
7 26%
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7 patient evaluations for Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Echo Mountain
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Echo Mountain
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:M40y
CFS:7y Dx
FM:7y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Echo Mountain's full Hydrotherapy (water therapy) history

Aug 19, 2011 (Started Dec 01, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 180 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: The biggest burden would be time consumed. For it to be effective it takes about 2-3 hours in there. Sometimes that's a lot of time, even for me. Still, the benefits are so striking, I can't help but use it every day or every other day.

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soulcatcher
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soulcatcher
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F56y
FM:17y Dx
CFS:14y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See soulcatcher's full Hydrotherapy (water therapy) history

Feb 19, 2010 (Started Jun 15, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Osteoarthritis (OA): Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 180 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Sometimes it is hard for me to go to the pool, be it weather, conflict in appointments, not feeling well, etc. I noticed I do feel slightly better when I go for a session and I feel very good when I can keep going for 3 times a week for at least a month or so. It makes me feel stronger and that I have accomplished something to help my fibro. I would recommend this to everyone who suffers from fibro.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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deweynora
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deweynora
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:66y
FM:12y Dx
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See deweynora's full Hydrotherapy (water therapy) history

Mar 24, 2009 (Started )

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Advice & Tips: go slow
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Soreness

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