Hydrotherapy, once called “Hydropathy,” implements water through a variety of medical and therapeutic techniques.
Since ancient times, the practice of hydrotherapy has facilitated the treatment of a diverse range of ailments, from physical pain to compromised blood circulation. Other uses include irrigation (cleansing), thermoregulation (body temperature management), and wound care through such benefits as increased blood flow and decreased swelling. Hydrotherapy is often utilized as a form of physical therapy for sports-related injuries or burn victims.
Over the past several decades, the practice of hydrotherapy has evolved to include multiple approaches, such as:
- Colon Hydrotherapy (aka “Colonics” or “Colon Irrigation”)
Cryotherapy – Cold-water immersion
Technique of Underwater Gymnastics: A Study in Practical Application (Los Angeles: American Publications, 1937), by Charles Leroy Lowman, Susan G. Roen, Ruth Aust, and Helen G. Paull (page images at HathiTrust)
[Info] My Water-Cure, Tested for More than 35 Years and Ppublished for the Cure of Diseases and the Preservation of Health (second English edition; trans. from 36th German edition; Kempten: Jos. Koesel, 1893), by Sebastian Kneipp (page images at Google; US access only)
[Info] The True Healing Art: or, Hygienic vs. Drug Medication (1880 reprint), by Russell Thacher Trall (HTML at soilandhealth.org)