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:
- Orthopedic conditions that can benefit from Watsu:
- Conditions that are affected by muscle spasms or contractions, pain and / or decreased range of motion.
- Back pain.
- Slipped disc.
- Neurological conditions where Watsu can complement rehabilitative therapy:
- Brain injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Cerebral Palsy.
- Parkinson's disease.
- Multiple Sclerosis.
- Down’s Syndrome, Rett’s Syndrome, etc.
- Different types of arthritis that can benefit from Watsu:
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Respiratory rehabilitation supported by Watsu:
- Cystic fibrosis.
- Chronic pneumonia.
- The recovery of patients after major surgery is significantly improved through Watsu.
- Post mastectomy.
- The effects of Fibromyalgia and other functional disorders are eased through Watsu.
- RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrom).
- 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:
- Victims of abuse (psychological support supplement).
- Post traumatic stress disorder syndrome (PTSD).
- 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.