Body Sense

Autumn/Winter 2010

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Hydrotherapy SIMPLE WAYS TO COMPLEMENT massage. Treatments you perform at home can help you take charge of your own health. Aches and pains, injuries, muscle tightness, and even joint stiffness can all be soothed with these simple, at-home hydrotherapy treatments. H EPSOM SALTS FOOTBATHS Epsom salts footbaths may be helpful for bruises, sprains in the subacute stage, soreness after exercise, soreness after massage, chronically cold feet, edema of pregnancy, or arthritis pain. You will need a water thermometer, a chair, a plastic tub, 2 cups of Epsom salts for an adult (1 cup of Epsom salts for a child), 1 bath towel, and a bath mat. PROCEDURE 1. Place a bath mat on the floor in front of the chair. 2. Fill the tub with warm (not hot) water, about 98–102°F. Pour the Epsom salts directly under the spigot as soon as you begin filling the tub to make sure they dissolve completely. If your massage therapist has suggested you add essential oils to your footbath, add them after you have finished filling the tub. 3. When the tub is ¾ full, place it on the towel, then sit on the chair and put your feet in the water. 4. Keep your feet in the water for 15–20 minutes. 5. At the end of your footbath, rinse and dry your feet. 6. Apply a moisturizing lotion to your feet and then put on socks.` ydrotherapy treatments can be relaxing, healing ways to extend the benefits of your 24 Body Sense autumn/winter 2010

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