HYDROTHERAPY

 

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Most often, those with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis will need to take some form of thyroid replacement for the rest of their lives. There have been cases of recovery, though . Graves’ disease tends to have a more limited course and often doesn’t require lifelong treatment.

The thyroid gland affects blood sugar and fatigue, among other body systems—it is important to remember, whether your thyroid is under or over-active, to make sure you are taking care of your whole body! Also, lab values should only be a guideline-I always tell my patients that how they feel is more important than the lab numbers.

It is also important to remember that many other chronic disorders may affect the thyroid as well. Many physicians, for example, will supplement fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue patients with thyroid hormone even though their “numbers” are within normal ranges.
It is most important for patients with thyroid disorders to begin to feel empowered to control their condition. This feeling of control can go a long way in minimizing and dealing with thyroid problems—and the depression that often accompanies them. Alternative therapies provide one way to gain that control.

 

 

Types of Hydrotherapy

 

 

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Hydrotherapy treatments are often given at health spas or recommended as home self-care treatments. These are some types of hydrotherapy:

 

Sitz bath –

 

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There are 2 adjacent tubs of water, one hot and one cold. You sit in one tub with your feet in the other tub, and then alternate. Sitz baths are recommended for hemorrhoids, PMS and menstrual problems, cystitis, polyps.

 

Warm water baths –

 

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Soak in warm water for up to 30 minutes, depending on the condition. Epsom salts, mineral mud, aromatherapy oils, ginger, moor mud, and dead sea salts may be added.
Sauna –

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Dry heat
Steam bath or Turkish bath

 

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Compresses –

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Towels are soaked in hot and/or cold water.
Wraps –

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Cold wet flannel sheets are used to cover the a person lying down. The person is then covered with dry towels and then blankets. The body warms up in response and dries to wet sheets. This is used for colds, bronchitis, skin disorders, infection, and muscle pain.
Wet sock treatment –

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Used for sore throat, ear infections, headaches, migraines, nasal congestion, upper respiratory infections, coughs, bronchitis, and sinus infections.
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For treatment of acute conditions such as chest colds and coughs. It seems to relieve symptoms but also decrease the length of the illness.
Using Hydrotherapy for Health

 

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So far, scientific support for the benefits of hydrotherapy is limited. If you’re considering the use of hydrotherapy, talk with your doctor first. Keep in mind that hydrotherapy, or any other form of alternative medicine, should not be used as a substitute for standard care in the treatment of any health condition.Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

 

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