Healing Qualities of Therapeutic Bath

A therapeutic bath is different from the bath we take each day because here we use a variety of preparations to remove crusts, scales, and old medications or sometimes to relieve inflammation and itching. It also means taking warm-water soaks to expedite the healing of wounds and to foment sore muscles or joints or get over emotional stress or treat a variety of physical disorders such as sports injuries, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic sinusitis. In fact, a therapeutic bath is a kind of hydrotherapy, which is an umbrella term for the use of water internally or externally as treatment.

Therapeutic Baths used for treating injuries or illnesses fall under the term balneotherapy, originating from the Latin word balneum, or bath. It has been used successfully for centuries to treat skin disorders, arthritis, paralysis, gynecological disorders and depression. When the ancient Romans and Indians discovered mineral springs in Europe and the Indus Valley, they used it for balneotherapy.

How to have a therapeutic bath:

This is best if you have a skin disorder or injury over a large expanse of your body or joint pain or menstrual discomfort. This medicinal bath can relieve aches and pains too and can ease you if you have dry, oily, inflamed or itchy skin. Use it to cure yourself of hives, sunburn, chafing, poison ivy and oak, eczema and skin irritation.

You could also use these baths by adding the following substances in your bath water:

  • For itchy skin:

    Use finely ground oatmeal or cornstarch in your bath

  • As a disinfectant:

    Use potassium permanganate in your bath

  • For sunburns:

    Sodium bicarbonate is best on hot, dry skin

  • For eczema:

    Have a salt water bath

Before going in for a bath, particularly if you are the parent of a little kid, keep away all electrical gadgets such as hair dryers and electric shavers from near the tub. Check the temperature of the water to ensure that it is not boiling hot or it will scald you.

Aftercare:

Once you’ve had a therapeutic bath, blot your skin with a soft towel. Wear loose, light clothing after the bath, and if you or your child suffers from eczema, rub an emollient within three minutes of your bath. You can use vegetable oil, petroleum jelly, or Aveeno, Curel, Purpose, Dermasil or Neutrogena.

Precautions:

  • The bath water should not be uncomfortably hot and you should not sit in it for more than 20-30 minutes because these soaks can erode the skin.
  • Place a bath mat in the tub before adding water or your medication can cause you to slip in the tub.
  • If you are the parent of a child with skin trouble, don’t leave him alone in the bath, or he may drown.
  • Add aromatherapy oils to the bath water instead of applying it directly to the skin.

A therapeutic bath gives immediate and long term results, so depending on the nature of your skin or muscular problem, you should go in for one.