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1

What are the Indications for Hydrotherapy?

Increased collagen extensibility
Decreased Joint Stiffness
Relieve muscle spasm
Pain Relief
Increased BF
As a warm-up to assist with EXS.
Possibly assist in resolving inflammation

2

What are the Contraindications of hydrotherapy?

Severe Cardiac Disease
Over Malignancy
Sepsis

3

What are the Precautions of hydrotherapy?

Insensitive pt.
With spinal cord injuries (due to decreased sensations/movement)

4

What is the typical treatment time for hydrotherapy?

20min

5

Temperature Settings

between 55-113 depending on desired effect.

6

Water pressure in hydrotherapy is used for what?

High pressure moves water faster, thus improving convection --> extremity is cooled, or heated quicker.
High pressure may, however, be painful on a wound.

7

Air control in hydrotherapy is used for what?

high air decreases mass of fluid
High air increases sensation of fluid

8

What are the mechanical effects of hydrotherapy?

Agitation - serves as a mechanical stimulation to skin receptors, which may explain its sedative and analgesic effect

May act as a counterirritant or stimulus to large sensory afferents thus blocking pain input.

9

What are the methods of heat transfer in hydrotherapy?

Conduction and convection

10

What are ways in which the water is used as a therapeutic agent in hydrotherapy?

buoyancy, cooling, debridement.`

11

What are some safety and comfort considerations while using a hydrotherapy tank?

Room temp, ventilation, wound care dressing/equipment, water temp checked and recorded, Lifts, stools, rails and in tact.

12

What is a Hubbard Tank used for?

Arthritic pt in exacerbation phase, pt with neurologically involved paralysis, burns, and elderly pts. with open wounds.