Hydro massage

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Hydro massage

Hydro massage is the use of water pressure to apply massage techniques to the human body.

Hydro massage therapy is purported to help alleviate muscle and soft tissue injuries caused by lower back pain, arthritis, chronic and acute pain, neck injuries, TMJD, sports injuries, pregnancy discomforts, Crohn’s disease, insomnia, spondolylosis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, tendinitis, and stress management, as well as many other diseases and ailments.[1][2]

Potential dangers of hydro massage[edit]

As with any form of massage, physical therapy, or water activity, certain health conditions can potentially be aggravated by hydro massage, and it may be advised by physicians for those with these conditions to avoid it. Conditions which pose serious risk include the following:

  • Certain types of blood disorders, especially bleeding, bruising, broken or weak capillaries, or any condition in which blood vessels may be compromised
  • Neurological symptoms and disorders (also includes systemic disorders)
  • Infections or communicable diseases
  • Skin disorders, such as severe acne, psoriasis, or eczema
  • Acute inflammatory responses, such as fever, feelings of excessive heat on any part of the body, loss of function, rash, redness, or swelling
  • Injuries, fractures, or open wounds
  • Blood pressure disorders (hypertension or hypotension)
  • Heart conditions
  • Second or third-degree burns
  • Pregnancy
  • Thrombosis or blood clotting disorders
  • Spinal conditions and diseases, especially bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs[3]

History of hydro massage[edit]

Hydro massage is a natural remedy that has been known and used for years. The history of hydro therapy goes centuries back, as far as ancient Greece, but it was truly made popular by the Romans, who introduced the benefits of bathing and massage to the countries they conquered. Roman public baths were always recognized as a great source of relaxation, where members of high society and all free people alike could enjoy the benefits of hot and cold water, as well as a massage.

Modern hydro massage begins with Tobias Smollett. His 1752 essay On the External Use of Water described pumped water as useful in the treatment of "hysterical disorders, obstruction of the menses and all cases which it was necessary to make a revulsion from the head and to invite the juices downward". Since the 1960s, hydro massage has been gaining popularity. Every year, more advanced hydro massage tools and equipment appear, making it easily available to many people, as these tools and equipment are now accessible for home use.

Today, the hydro massage is still widely popular, and used for many ailments and conditions.

Dry-water Hydro massage[edit]

A form of dry hydrotherapy in a shopping mall.

A variant of water massage (Hydrotherapy) that is still around today is the dry water massage. The dry water variants (found under multiple brand names and styles) can be found at casinos, shopping malls, some gymnasiums, beauty salons, and spas, as well as a few specialty locations. Many retailers also offer home installations of various types to meet individual needs.[4]

The various Dry-Water Hydrotherapy units consist of a bed like or table like design. The user lies down on, or sits in, the waterproof material barrier, while still completely clothed. Underneath this protective barrier is a system of various water jets, that utilize different pressures, temperature, and speed settings to massage the body in a noninvasive manner. Dry Water Massage is often utilized with goals of increasing blood circulation, decreasing pain, and reducing inflammation, by combining the various effects of hydrotherapy, massage therapy, acupressure, thermotherapy, soft tissue massage, and trigger point therapy.[5]

Before using any form of Hydro Massage, especially Dry water Hydro Massage, it is important to consult a physician to ensure that no health risks[6] are involved.[7][8]

Hydro massage methods[edit]

There are many hydro massage methods, for instance, there is underwater manual massage, jet massage in the air, high-pressure water massage, hydro massage machines, etc.

Benefits of hydro massage[edit]

Hydro massage creates awareness of the body, reduces anxiety levels, gives a sense of well-being, improves the ability to monitor stress signals, and gives a feeling of peace of mind. It also helps to alleviate discomfort caused by pregnancy, provides with a relaxed state of mental alertness, helps treat athletic or job related injuries, relieves tension related headaches, and can aid with post-operative rehabilitation.[citation needed]

Access to hydro massage[edit]

There are multiple ways to access a hydro massage. Users can procure the physical unit from a manufacturer for home use as an example. Some units set-up are in malls. Some chiropractors also have procured these units to provide as a service to their customers. Units are also purchased and installed in tanning salons,[9] gyms[10] and spas. Additionally, units can be transported on-site to companies and for special events.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hydromassage Hydro Therapy Beds". Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved 13 August 2016. {{cite web}}: External link in |ref= (help)
  2. ^ Mooventhan, A; Nivethitha, L (May 2014). "Scientific Evidence-Based Effects of Hydrotherapy on Various Systems of the Body". North American Journal of Medical Sciences. 6 (5): 199–209. doi:10.4103/1947-2714.132935. ISSN 2250-1541. PMC 4049052. PMID 24926444.
  3. ^ "Are there any precautions for using the Hydro Massage hydrotherapy bed? | DAHLC". Dahlc.mayoclinic.org. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  4. ^ "Dry Hydrotherapy (Hydromassage, Aquamassage, Water Massage)". Aetna. Aetna Inc. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Dry Hydrotherapy (Hydromassage, Aquamassage, Water Massage)". Aetna. Aetna, Inc. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Are there any precautions for using the Hydro Massage hydrotherapy bed?". Retrieved 2021-06-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Are there any precautions for using the Hydro Massage hydrotherapy bed?". Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  8. ^ Erol, Fatma Begüm; Forestier, Romain J.; Güneri, Fulya Demircioğlu; Karagülle, M. Zeki; Erdoğan, Nergis (May 2015). "Spa therapy for generalized osteoarthritis: an open, observational, preliminary study". Therapie. 70 (3): 273–281. doi:10.2515/therapie/2014213. ISSN 0040-5957. PMID 25534519.
  9. ^ "Hydro Massage Bed | Millennium Tanning | Cookeville TN Tan Salon". Mtanning.com. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  10. ^ "Planet Fitness Black Card Membership: Is it Worth the Upgrade? | Brown Belle Fitness". Brownbellefitness.wordpress.com. 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  11. ^ "HydroMassage Contact page". www.hydromassage.com. 2017-08-11. Retrieved 2017-08-11.

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