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The regenerative and beneficial health effects are just as powerful as those experienced with hot water. Generally, cold water Hydrotherapy is used to invigorate and is beneficial to those ho may feel sleepy, weak or mentally tired and to increase internal organ functions by diverting blood flow to the internal organs from the extremities. It also slows the heart rate and may cause slight elevations in blood pressure.
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The Cold Water Cure

Turbulence:Fully filtrated and circulated; the aeration

of the water has a two-fold effect. Enhance

water - to - skin temperature gradient, which optimises

cooling. And the massage effect influences dispersal

of fluids and can also stimulate the muscle which is

particularly beneficial for certain conditions such

as quadriceps contusion.

 

Temperature: The application of cold decreases pain

and muscle spasm and, also, reduces tissue metabolism,

blood flow (initially), inflammation, edema, and

connective tissue extensibility.Low temperature

(2 C to 24 C) hydrotherapy is a relatively new

concept in therapeutic modalities and can provide

significant pain relief with a low side-effect profile.

 

Pressure: The greater the depth of the water the greater is the physical pressure exerted on the tissues which,

again, aids in the dispersal of accumulated fluids.

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3 Factors - Turbulence, Temperature
and Pressure
When practiced for at least four weeks
Can stabilize blood pressure. Cold water triggers the autonomic
      nervous system which controls involuntary functions, such as
      heartbeat and breathing -- to raise blood pressure, increase
      heart rate and constrict blood vessels.

The autonomic responses strengthen with each exposure.
      This stabilises blood pressure, improves circulation and
      balances other bodily functions, such as the sleep/wake cycle.

Enhances immunity.  Cold water stimulates the release of
      cytokines and other hormone-like  substances that are vital
      to immune function.

Reduces pain. Cold causes the body to release endorphins,
      hormones with proven pain-fighting properties.

Improves moods. Cold water activates sensory nerves that
      lead to the brain. A cold, exhilarating shower can be
      Emotionally uplifting and prime a person for new experiences.