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Therapeutic benefits of Watsu

Therapeutic benefits of Watsu

Physiotherapists and osteopaths, that incorporate Watsu into their skill-set, obtain a powerful tool to treat their patients in the aquatic environment, facilitating well-being in:

  1. Orthopedic conditions that can benefit from Watsu:
    1. Conditions that are affected by muscle spasms or contractions, pain and / or decreased range of motion.
    2. Back pain.
    3. Slipped disc.
    4. Traumatism.
  2. Neurological conditions where Watsu can complement rehabilitative therapy:
    1. Stroke.
    2. Brain injuries.
    3. Spinal cord injuries.
    4. Cerebral Palsy.
    5. Parkinson's disease.
    6. Multiple Sclerosis.
    7. Down’s Syndrome, Rett’s Syndrome, etc.
  3. Different types of arthritis that can benefit from Watsu:
    1. Osteoarthritis.
    2. Rheumatoid arthritis.
  4. Respiratory rehabilitation supported by Watsu:
    1. Asthma.
    2. Cystic fibrosis.
    3. Chronic pneumonia.
    4. COPD.
  5. The recovery of patients after major surgery is significantly improved through Watsu.
  6. Post mastectomy.
  7. The effects of Fibromyalgia and other functional disorders are eased through Watsu.
  8. RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrom).
  9. Patients with chronic pain (psychological support as a supplement) experience great relief through regular Watsu sessions.

Groups of people susceptible to benefit from Watsu as part of their treatment program:

  1. Victims of abuse (psychological support supplement).
  2. Post traumatic stress disorder syndrome (PTSD).
  3. Insomnia
  4. Job related stress situations.


Watsu specific effects on the body.

Effects on the parasympathetic nervous system:

  • Rhythmic and repetitive movements.
  • Decreased sensory input (visual and auditory isolation, loss of gravitational force).
  • Decreased sensory-touch information (soft friction of the skin in water through motion).
  • Mild stimulation of the vestibular system.
  • Physical contact with the therapist.
  • Use of specific manual techniques on the body.


Specific physiological impacts on the parasympathetic nervous system:

  • Decreased heart rate.
  • Slowed breathing.
  • Increased lung volume exchange capacity.
  • Peripheral vasodilation.
  • Increased activity of smooth muscle (digestion).
  • Decreased activation of striated muscle (skeletal).
  • Decreased spasticity.
  • Stimulation of the immune system.
  • Improved activation of the lymphatic system (drainage).


Specific benefits of relaxation:


  • Increased joint mobility.
  • Decreased muscle spasm.
  • Decreased muscle activation.
  • Improved viscoelasticity of soft tissue.
  • Decreased pain perception (between 40 to 60%).



  • Improved quality of sleep.
  • Improved digestion and intestinal passing.
  • Improving the response of the immune system and ability to heal.
  • Improving the quality of life and perception of health status.
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