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What are the three general effects of water on the Body?

Thermal- physiologically the most potent

Mechancal- from the movement of water

Chemical - cleansing effect, therapeutic additives may intensify the effect

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General Effects of water on the Body:

heat energy is absorbed or dissipated into, or away from, the tissues to which the water is applied. Physiologically, the effect is considered the most potent general therapeutic property of water.

Thermal

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It results from the movement of water and becomes apparent in pressurized streams, douches or friction. The reflex effect tones the body.

Mechanical effects 

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What are the therapeutic properties of water?

Heat Capacity

Thermal Capacity (Conductivity)

Viscosity

Buoyancy

Hydrostatic Pressure

Solubility

Cleansing Action

Electroconductivity

Stability

 

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___________ : excellent capacity to store thermal energy. Water is a vehicle for administering heat energy or removing excess heat from the body

Heat Capacity

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____________ : water is a good conductor, therefore, it can easily give the stored thermal energy, to the tissues. Its fluid nature provides full contact

Thermal Capacity (Conductivity)

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__________: the physical property to resist flow or motion. This provides resistance, useful for remedial movement therapy

Viscosity

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__________ : the tendency of the body to float in water. This is due to ‘adipose’ tissue (lighter than water) in the body. Allows early movement therapy, particularly with injuries to weight-bearing structures

Buoyancy

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_____________ : the pressure of the water “squeezes” the body’s appendages and increases blood flow from the periphery, toward the core

Hydrostatic Pressure

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__________ : Many therapeutic substances dissolve readily in water making it an excellent carrier for salts, essential oils, sulphur and herbs

Solubility

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___________ : Flushes away dirt, debris, sweat, oil and morbid materials from the skin

Cleansing Action

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_____________ : Carry electrical energy to the body

Electroconductivity

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__________ : Due to its predictable and stable qualities, water is used as the standard with which most other materials are compared and scales are set

Stability

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___________ : Fresh water is abundant and inexpensive in North America

Availability