Water, whether hot or cold, can be the solution to many physical problems. Hydrotherapy is a healing technique that has been around since the 19th century. Among other things, this natural process uses the manipulation of water to maintain and restore health as well as to ease muscle pain.
The application of cold and hot water is form of treatment that heals by regulating internal physical activity. Warm water causes a decrease in bodily activity, which helps to banish anxiety and ease muscle tension. Additionally, hot water induces general relaxation which causes blood vessels to dilate and aids in the removal of waste from body tissue. Cold water is used to stimulate the body which increases internal activity. Superficial blood vessels then constrict, propelling blood through the internal organs.
*A quick fix for stress and fatigue: Take a long, warm shower or bath followed by a short, cold shower. This will stimulate the body and mind and leave you feeling invigorated. Alternating between hot and cold water can also improve elimination, decrease inflammation, and stimulate circulation.