Hip Bath Hydrotherapy Reduces Inflammation, Improves Hygiene and Promotes Blood Flow!
The hip bath is one of the most useful forms of hydrotherapy. As the name suggests, this mode of treatment involves only the hips and the abdominal region below the navel.
A special type of tub is used for the purpose. The tub is filled with water in such a way that it covers the hips and reaches up-to the navel when the patient sits in it. Generally, four to six gallons of water are required. If the special tub is not available, a common tub may be used. A support may be placed under one edge to elevate it by two or three inches.
Hip bath is given in cold, hot, neutral or alternate temperatures. A Hip bath also known as a sitz bath. It is used to relieve discomfort and pain in the lower part of the body and infections of the bladder, prostate or vagina. It works by keeping the affected area clean and increasing the flow of blood to it.
How does the Hip Bath Hydrotherapy Tub looks like?
The tub is oval in shape. One end of the tub is lifted so that the patient can rest his back against it. This is the ideal tub for taking a hip bath. Usually, the tub for a hip-bath should be about 30 inches (75 cm) long and 20-22 inches (50 cm) wide.
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Types of Hip Bath Hydrotherapy
Hot Hip Bath
- The patient should drink one glass of cold water.
- A cold compress should be kept on the head.
- Hot hip bath should begin at 400C.
- The temperature should be gradually increased to 450C.
- Hot hip bath is often taken for 10 minutes at a water temperature of 400C to 450C.
- A cold shower bath should be taken immediately after the hot hip bath.
- It is crucial to prevent the patient from catching a chill after the bath.
- The bath should be stopped immediately, if the patient experiences excessive pain or dizzy.
Cold Hip Bath
- A cold hip bath is a regular treatment in most diseases.
- For a cold hip bath, temperature of the water must be 100C to 180C.
- If the patient feels cold or is very weak, a hot foot immersion should be given in addition to the cold hip bath.
- The period of the bath is generally 10 minutes.
- However, in certain conditions it may differ from one minute to 30 minutes.
- The patient should rub the abdomen vigorously down from the navel and across the body with a fairly coarse wet cloth.
- The legs, feet and upper part of the body should be completely dry during and after the bath.
- Following the cold hip bath, the patient should perform moderate exercise like ‘yoga’ to warm the body.
- The cold hip bath should not be done in severe inflammations of the pelvic, abdominal region and in painful contractions of the bladder, rectum or vagina.
Neutral Hip Bath
- For a neutral hip bath, temperature of the water should be 320C to 360C.
- Rubbing the abdomen is avoided in this bath.
- This bath is generally taken for 20 minutes to an hour.
Alternate Hip Bath
- This bath is also called as “revulsive hip bath”.
- For this type of bath, the water temperature in the hot tub should be 400C to 450C.
- In the cold tub, temperature should be 100C to 180C.
- The patient should alternately sit in the hot tub for five minutes and then in the cold tub for three minutes.
- The period of the bath is generally 10 to 20 minutes.
- The head and neck should be kept cold with a cold compress.
- The treatment should terminate with a dash of cold water to the hips.
What are the benefits of hip baths?
Hot hip bath: A hot hip bath helps to relieve painful menstruation, pain in the pelvic organs, painful urination, inflamed rectum or bladder and painful piles. It also benefits enlarged prostatic gland, painful contractions or spasm of the bladder, sciatica, neuralgia of the ovaries and bladder.
Cold hip bath: Cold hip bath relieves constipation, indigestion, obesity and helps the eliminative organs to function properly. It is also helpful in uterine problems like irregular menstruation, chronic uterine infections, pelvic inflammation, piles, hepatic congestion, chronic congestion of the prostate gland, seminal weakness, impotence, sterility, uterine and ovarian displacements, dilation of the stomach and colon, diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhage of the bladder and so on.
Neutral hip bath: The neutral hip bath aid to relieve all acute and sub-acute inflammatory conditions such as acute catarrh of the bladder and urethra and sub-acute inflammations in the uterus, ovaries and tubes. It also relieves neuralgia of the fallopian tubes or testicles, painful spasms of the vagina and prorates of the anus and vulva. In addition, it is a sedative treatment for ‘erotomanis’ in both sexes.Alternate hip bath: This bath relieves constant inflammatory conditions of the pelvic viscera, for example, salpingitis, ovaritis, cellulitis and different neuralgias of the genito-urinary organs, sciatica and lumbago.
What are the precautions?
- Certain precautions are necessary while taking these therapeutic baths. Full baths should be avoided within three hours after a meal and one hour before it.
- Local baths like the hip bath and foot bath may, however, be taken two hours after a meal.
- Clean and pure water must be used for baths and water once used should not be used again.
- While taking baths, temperature and duration should be strictly observed to obtain the desired effects. A thermometer should always be used to measure the temperature of the body.
- Women should not take any of the baths during menstruation. They can take only hip baths during pregnancy till the completion of the third month.