Analgesic Effect of Hydrotherapy: A Narrative Review of Current Evidence

Authors

  • Boopalan Deenadayalan Department of Naturopathy, Govt. Yoga & Naturopathy Medical College & Hospital, The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai, India.
  • Vijayakumar Venugopal Department of Yoga, Govt. Yoga & Naturopathy Medical College & Hospital, The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai, India.
  • Ravi Poornima Department of Yoga and Naturopathy, Govt. Yoga & Naturopathy Medical College & Hospital, The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai, India.
  • Chidambaram Yogapriya Department of Naturopathy, Govt. Yoga & Naturopathy Medical College & Hospital, The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai, India.
  • Arjunan Akila Department of Acupuncture & Energy Medicine, Govt. Yoga & Naturopathy Medical College & Hospital, The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai, India.
  • Muthupandi Pandiaraja Department of Naturopathy, Govt. Yoga & Naturopathy Medical College & Hospital, The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai, India.
  • Shanmugam Poonguzhali Department of Community Medicine, Govt. Yoga & Naturopathy Medical College & Hospital, The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai, India.
  • Kuppusamy Maheshkumar Department of Physiology, Govt. Yoga & Naturopathy Medical College & Hospital, The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai, India.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.54434/candj.123

Abstract

Pain is a primitive human instinct that alerts the body’s defense mechanism to prevent damage. Hydrotherapy is the most common modality of treatment used for pain management in naturopathy. This review aims to scientifically evaluate the analgesic effects of hydrotherapy used for pain management. A thorough literature search from inception (1 January 1946) until 16 March 2022 was performed with electronic databases such as Scopus, Embase, PubMed/MEDLINE using the keywords “Hydrotherapy” OR “Balneotherapy” AND “Pain” OR “Analgesic effect.” Seven articles were identified in total. The available evidence suggests hydrotherapy to have significant analgesic effects, attributed to the physical and thermal properties of water.

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Published

2022-12-15

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Deenadayalan B, Venugopal V, Poornima R, Yogapriya C, Akila A, Pandiaraja M, Poonguzhali S, Maheshkumar K. Analgesic Effect of Hydrotherapy: A Narrative Review of Current Evidence. CANDJ [Internet]. 2022 Dec. 15 [cited 2023 Jan. 26];29(4):12-5. Available from: https://candjournal.ca/index.php/candj/article/view/123

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