History of Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy is widely believed to have begun in the 5th century BC, when the Greek physician or Father of Medicine, Hippocrates first documented it’s practise.
Interestingly, this practise was not always known as “hydrotherapy”, instead in past civilisations, it was referred to as “the water cure” or “hydropathy”.
Ancient Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks and Roman cultures continued to record the use of hydrotherapy, each added variations to the practise.
Most early forms of Hydrotherapy in Europe involved the use of cold water, particularly in the treatment of diseases that led to high fevers, as cold water was instrumental in bringing about relief from otherwise harmful high body temperatures. However, there were some hot treatments that become popular at the time, as well. Borrowed from “Turkish Baths”, hot Hydrotherapy treatment was introduced by David Urquhart into England after he returned from a trip to the East where he had enjoyed the beneficial therapeutic effects of hot mineral baths.
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