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WHy we should use Hydroshock Therapy

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Grayson Millage

on 8 May 2015

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Transcript of WHy we should use Hydroshock Therapy

What is it?
Hydrotherapy is the use of hot or cold water to alleviate pain and treat various mood disorders. Psychological conditions that really benefit from this type of treatment include depression and anxiety, which benefit from the use of cold water to increase the flow of blood to the brain. One of the main benefits of hydrotherapy over other forms of treatment is that it is cost effective and generally less likely to cause serious side effects.
1. The individual is placed in a cold shower, wrapped in cold, wet towels, or an ice bath.
2. Blood vessels near the surface and extremities of the body contract, conserving blood for vital internal organs, including the brain.
3. This movement encourages more oxygen to flow into the brain, giving it a swift detox.
Reduces inflammation in the brain
Raises levels of norepinephrine - a natural addrenal hormone.
Increases metabolism.
Warm Water and the Brain:
1. The individual is submerged into a hot bath.
2. Blood vessels expand, allowing steady blood flow to the muscles and to the brain.
3. The central nervous system relaxes, sending fewer messages of the pain, relieving chronic pain caused by depression or anxiety.
Benefits of Hydrotherapy
- Hydrotherapy is cheaper and safer than medication in most circumstances
- Hydrotherapy has proven more effective than the common anxiety drug Paxil at alleviating symptoms (Dubois et al., 2010)
- Hydrotherapy can be used to treat drug-resistant forms of depression
- Warm water is an effective drug-free alternative for calming agitated patients
To be submerged in a warm bath for prolonged periods of time.
To be wrapped in cool or warm wet towels for prolonged periods of time.
To be sprayed with cold water to subdue brain activity.
Why we should use HydroTherapy
Bongiorno, Peter. "A Cold Splash–Hydrotherapy for Depression and Anxiety." Psychology Today. July 6, 2014. Accessed February 27, 2015. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/inner-source/201407/cold-splash-hydrotherapy-depression-and-anxiety.

"Hydrotherapy." Psychology Wiki. Accessed February 27, 2015. http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Hydrotherapy.

Bongiorno, Peter. "Physical Treatment for Depression." April 4, 2011. Accessed February 27, 2015. https://www.psychologytoday.com/sites/default/files/attachments/51610/physical-medicine-depression-ndnr-april-2011-bongiorno.pdf.

"History of Psychological Treatments." Guts and Gore. Accessed February 24, 2015. http://www.gutsandgore.co.uk/infamous-asylums/history-of-psychosurgery/.

"10 Mind-Boggling Psychiatric Treatments." Mental Floss. Accessed February 24, 2015. http://mentalfloss.com/article/31489/10-mind-boggling-psychiatric-treatments.

"Hydrotherapy." Lib.owo.ca. Accessed February 25, 2015.

"Hydrotherapy: The Soothing Power of Soaking." Psychology Today. March 1, 2001. Accessed February 25, 2015. https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200103/hydrotherapy-the-soothing-power-soaking.

Cold Water and the Brain
What is it?

You may ask, what exactly is hydrotherapy? Well, it's a technique of calming and alleviating pain, using water. The water may be hot or cold depending on the intended result, and can be administered in many ways. It has potential to help calm people with psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety.


Common methods of hydrotherapy included giving patients a continuous bath. Canvas placed over the tub was used in order to keep the water at the prescribed temperature, the aim of the procedure was to calm and sedate patients. A hole for the patients head would be cut out, and patients could also have their arms free to eat during meal times. Bath sessions would range from several hours to days, varying from patient to patient. Other methods included wet packing, where patients would be wrapped in wet sheets, or sprayed with water in order to stimulate them.

Benefits of Hydrotherapy

It's very cheap in comparison to medication,
So why was it dismantled if it's so great?
Hospital crowding = lack of space, resources, and funds to expand and continue
Hospital crowding = lack of space
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