Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2007

Cold showers, anyone?

August 16, 2007

Hydrotherapy, formerly Hydropathy, is probably the oldest form of medical treatment. It involves the use of water for soothing pain and treating diseases. It has been recorded in ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations. Today hydrotherapy is used to treat arthritis, burns, spasticity, ankylosing spondylitis, musculoskeletal disorders, spinal cord injuries and stroke patients with paralysis.

Wow, all those long words are quite mystifying to me and I don't know what they all mean, but when I was searching for pain relief for my back and legs, I discovered "cold shower therapy." When I mentioned this to my friends, they wondered if I had lost my mind. I have since found that many people use this therapy. One person in particular is Edward Rondthaler, who writes a weekly column for his local newspaper. Still vigorous at 100 years old, he walks a half mile every morning and drives himself around doing errands in his home town of Croton-On-Hudson, N.Y. He credits his long and healthy life to clean living, good genes and regular cold showers.

When his brother came home from the army in 1918 he said, "Ed, whenever you take a hot shower end it with an ice cold one and count to 100. When your older brother tells you something, you do it," Rondthaler said. " I have learned to count pretty fast."

Some of the Benefits of cold showers are:

¢ Brings blood to the capillaries, therefore increasing circulation throughout the body.

¢ Cleans the circulatory system.

¢ Reduces blood pressure on internal organs.

¢ Provides flushing for the organs and provides a new supply of blood.

¢ Strengthens the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system.

¢ Contracts the muscles to eliminate toxins and poisonous waste.

¢ Strengthens the mucus membrane, which helps resist hay fever, allergies, colds and coughs.

This list seems to go on and on and some of the testimonials can be pretty funny but at the same time you think, "well, it doesn't cost anything, maybe it's worth a try."


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