Contrast hydrotherapy | definition of Contrast hydrotherapy by Medical dictionary
A series of hot and cold water applications. A hot compress (as hot as an individual can tolerate) is applied for three minutes followed by an ice cold compress for 30 seconds. These applications are repeated three times each and ending with the cold compress.
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Table 1: The effects of different types of hydrotherapy application (adapted from Blake 2008) Circulation Metabolism Short hot application [up arrow] [up arrow] Long hot application [down arrow] [up arrow] Short cold application [up arrow] [up arrow] Long cold application [down arrow] [down arrow] Table 2: Principle types of effects in hydrotherapy (adapted from Blake 2008) Effect type Description Best use Revulsive Increases blood flow to Contrast hydrotherapy
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