a. DEFINITION: Hydrotherapy may be defined as the use of water in any of its three forms, solid, liquid or vapor, internally or externally, in the treatment of disease or trauma.

b. PROPERTIES OF WATER: Water has certain unique properties which render it a valuable therapeutic agent. In the first, it is readily accessible and may be applied with relatively simple and inexpensive equipment. It possesses the ability to absorb and communicate large quantities of heat. Water is a good conductor of heat.

c. USES AND PURPOSES: The fact that water exists in three states, solid, liquid and gas, within a relatively narrow range of temperature, greatly enhances its therapeutic versatility. As ice, it is effective as a cooling agent. With short application it is stimulating, but with long application it is depressing to physiological processes. In the liquid state, water may be applied by packs, immersion baths, sprays and douches at any desired temperature and pressure. As a vapor, it may be employed in vapor or steam baths and by inhalation. Applied in these different forms and by these various techniques, water lends itself to a wide range of therapeutic uses.

a. If you feel a cold coming on, do not delay but start treatment within 10 or 20 minutes of the first symptom. Immediately put your feet (or hands) in hot water, kept continually as hot as you can bear it for three minutes. Then put your feet (or hands) in cold water for 30 seconds, repeat the process three times, dry your feet, cover them well and if possible, go to bed for half an hour. (3minutes hot -- 30 seconds cold x 3 times). This treatment is very effective even for small babies of 6 months and older.

b. Eat sparingly and only on the usual mealtime schedule. Take no juice between meals. Use no sugar, honey or very sweet fruits. Viruses replicate by use of phosphosugars. Avoiding sugar starves them, eat whole grain breads and cereals. Get plenty of Vitamin A, C, and D (exposure to sunshine best). B Vitamins come from whole grains.

c. Get plenty of exercise as long as it can be tolerated.

d. Drink plenty of water, enough to keep the urine quite pale. Remember that sweating may be increased because of fever, exercise, or heating treatments. Extra water must be taken to replace this water lost.

e. Keep a regular schedule for bedtime and arising time. Take mid-day naps if needed. Avoid exhaustion from long hours and loss of sleep.

f. Take deep breathing exercises. Inhale deeply and hold breath for a slow count of 20. Exhale deeply and hold out for a slow count of 10. Repeat 40-50 times. Have good ventilation in your bedroom, but no drafts. Drafts chill body tissues and are unhealthful.

g. Use hot water to gargle for 10 minutes four times daily if needed. Take a 15 minutes hot half bath, followed by ice water, and skin friction with a dry towel.

h. Daily bath fortifies against colds, especially if it is a cool bath. Taking drugs promotes getting colds.

Apply a heating compress to the throat or chest as needed. Start with a cotton or flannel strip about 2" by 16 inches, wet in cold water. Wrap this cloth around the throat. Next, completely cover the wet piece with a plastic sheet cut to fit the size of the cotton strip. Finish off the compress by pinning a scarf or piece of wool in place snugly, so that there be no slipping of the plastic and no evaporation from the wet strip. Note: Do not add ointment on the skin before doing this treatment.

Uchee Pines, HEALTH TOPICS, P.18.19
MANUAL OF HYDROTHERAPY AND MASSAGE, Pacific Press Publ. Assoc., 1964 p.3

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