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Best Ways to Avoid Pain While Bathing and Dressing!

Dr. Vishwas Virmani, Physiotherapist
BATHING AND DRESSING ON THE TOILET Bad MovesAvoid slumping, straining, and holding your breath. Pushing hard through the rectum while slumping is an especially aggravating move for the low back.Avoid clenching your jaw and tensing the neck and facial muscles. These are common habits that add painful stress to the neck region. Avoid holding your breath. This cause increased stress throughout your system  Good MovesStay relaxed and up by repositioning Your pelvis and using your arms to help support you.Take a few cleansing breaths or simply maintain relaxed breathing- release any tense holding of muscles as you exhale.Stand up by pushing through your arms and legs, keeping your trunk up and tall- that is, no bending over prior to standing.During periods of acute low back pain, use of a raised toilet seat will help if you find it painful to sit on raised toilet or to go from sitting to standing.AT THE SINKBad MovesAvoid bad bending form, specially slumping or arching forward with the legs straight, without support Avoid sticking your neck and chin out to an unnecessary degree as you stand in front of the mirror to shave, apply makeup, brush your teeth.Avoid tensing and arching your neck up as you bend over the sink to rinse.Good MovesWhen shaving, applying makeup, brushing your teeth, take weight through at least one arm; place one foot up; level your pelvis by holding your buttocks and lower abdominal muscles or placing a step under or alongside the sink; use an adjustable mirror or change your position on the side of sink with the mirror open towards you- this way you don’t have to stick your neck out or lean as far over the sink.When bending over to rinse, move your feet wider than shoulder width apart;Attempt taking weight through at least one arm;Squat (that is raise and lower yourself by bending at your hips, not your back, keep the back straight).When sneezing coughing, clearing your throat, or blowing your nose, avoid forceful bending,”whiplash movements and tension that stress the head ,neck, and low back. Instead, attempt to stabilize yourself in an upward position with an arm on the sink or wall. When blowing your nose, lean back against the wall to keep from bending forward; let the force of the cough or sneeze go through extended arm, instead of your neck and low back.IN THE SHOWERBad MovesAvoid staying bent over while you wash and dry your front.Avoid slumping over to adjust the faucets, pick up the soap, or wash/dry your legs without taking weight through your arms.Avoid rolling your head backward to intentionally crack your neck.Good MovesAttempt to maintain your head, trunk, and pelvis in a relaxed, upright alignment while you wash and dry; reach with your arms instead of twisting and bending your trunk; squat to lower your head under the spray.When washing and drying your legs and feet, prop one foot up onto the tub rim; take weight through your arms and squat, using the other leg to lower yourself. Keep your chest up and your neck relaxed.Try shower massager, self-massage, release and lengthening exercises, and the soothing heat of the shower to reduce muscle tension and stiffness.IN THE TUBBad MovesAvoid long periods of lying with the spine in a rounded, curled position or with the neck arched excessively backward on the tub rim.Avoid bending over to wash your feet with your legs straight and your back rounded.Good MovesSupport yourself in more relaxed, upright alignments. Neck and low back supports for the tub are commercially available, or you can simply use rolled towels to put behind your low backAnd neck/head. Reposition your pelvis first, and then place the towel behind you.When washing your legs and feet, bring them up to one at a time, while staying relaxed and supported through the trunk.WHILE DRESSINGBad MovesAvoid unsupported slumping when picking up shoes and reaching into low drawers.Avoid unsupported and/or slumped alignment while dressing your lower limbs.Good MovesIf you wish to dress while sitting, sit in chair with a firm seat; if you sit on the edge of the bed, raise it and firm it; up by sitting on the pillow. To put on your shoes and socks, keep your back straight, bring your foot up to you and cross your legs or place your heel on the edge of the seat.If you wish to bend over, bend at the hips so the lower back stays relatively straight and take weight through an arm When dressing while standing, prop back against a counter or wall to avoid some of the compression and strain of bending over. Attempt to bend your legs up to step into pants or skirt (instead of bending the spine over and down).If you put your shoes and socks on in standing. Bring your foot up onto a chair bench or the bed and take weight through an arm.During more acute episodes, bending over to dress may really aggravate your low back pain; if this is case, try partially dressing your lower limbs while lying on your back.

6 Home Remedies to Get Glowing and Healthy Skin

Mr. Mahesh Krishnamurthy, Ayurveda
Skin is one of the last expressions of your body’s condition. When you have ignored to address the body’s alarms, the skin will finally reveal to you what is happening inside your body. It is your largest sense organ and it reveals quite a bit about your personality too.Emotions can change your skin. Love (not lust) makes your skin smooth, soft and tender, while anger makes your skin shiny and dry. Sorrow, grief and unhappiness make your skin lose its lustre, making it rubbery and aged as if its lost its elasticity.Your indulgence in unhealthy foods also causes your skin to change. Having said this, it is important to note that your mental and emotional state can cause you to indulge in eating certain kinds of foods which again affect or have a unwanted effect on your skin. Smoking and drinking also cause your skin to get affected.Air and water pollution do have an effect on the skin but these can only be addressed as aggravating factors. An aggravating factor can impact your skin when your skin is already damaged from within and can now get affected by the external influences. For example; When you are angry and frustrated, your skin becomes dry from anger. Your skin temperature rises. In this condition, smoke, dust, harsh sunlight can act as aggravating factors to bring about further changes in your skin which may include, rashes, peeling skin and tanning.Beautifying your skin must happen from within. Sitting for hours in the parlour and closing your sweat pores by applying various creams and lotions will not stop your skin from being the way it is. Money does not bring the cure. Your skin needs you to care for it. Your skin breathes. It is alive. Be gentle with your skin. You need to begin working with yourself inside first and then on the outside.How can I make my skin look and feel better?Water: It is one of the best resources to maintain a healthy body and a healthy skin. How much water to drink is in itself a science. Avoid putting a hose in your mouth gulping gallons of water through the day.This is what you can do - Cup your hands together and fill your cupped hands with water and pour it in a vessel. Repeat this 8 times. Then, measure the quantity of water by pouring them into empty glasses. Drink this quantity of water every morning after brushing your teeth. This practice is called Ushapana in Ayurveda.And through the day, drink only that much quantity of water which gets you to urinate 6 times. This is the adequate quantity of water for you. Your skin’s health will become much better.What does Ushapana do?This practice helps you evacuate your bowels in the morning and hydrates your skin. A healthy intestine is extremely necessary to maintain a healthy skin.Soap: Never apply soap directly on your skin. Soap contains caustic soda. Applying soap directly on your skin will remove essential oils from your skin making it dry and will make your skin vulnerable to external contaminants.This is what you can do - Rub soap between your hands to work up lather and apply the lather on your body. Wash the lather off your body with water.Bathing in water: The temperature of water you bathe in adds equal importance to your skin quality. Water at room temperature to lukewarm water in summer and lukewarm to moderately hot water temperatures in winter are best suited for your skin. Your skin contains essential oils which protect it from various external threats and to maintain your skin health. Bathing in hot to very hot water temperatures can remove this precious defensive coat on your body.After evacuating your bowels, the next best task you can indulge is in bathing your body. Bathing is followed with eating your breakfast. The action of scrubbing your body while bathing causes the capillaries to pump blood to every part of the body. This action sets the metabolic activity off and hunger sets in. You would have noticed that the quality of your hunger is much better after bathing. And so is digestion. Never bathe after consuming food.Food: The kinds of food and the times at which you eat can change, not only the texture of your skin, but it can also cause your skin quality to change from good to worrisome.a. Home food is best food. Whether you are at home or outside, eat the kinds of foods your mother cooked for you. These foods are best suited for you.b. Some minor dietary changes such as avoiding too much green chillies, too much sweets, and using appropriate cooking oils can help. When in Southern India use coconut, til or double filtered groundnut oil and ghee and when in Northern India, use ghee, or mustard oil.c. There are a few vegetables and fruits that contain pesticides. Avoid them. You can also avoid certain food types and food combinations that may harm your body and also show on your skin such as; cabbage, cauliflower, too much garlic, raw groundnuts, heavy to digest foods such as rajma, sprouted green gram, and fruits such as apples and grapes.d. Avoid snacking in between two meals - your body requires enough energy to take care of itself.e. Avoid eating sweets during and after foods - too many sweets cause acidic indigestion which make your skin oily an dull.f. Avoid drinking water immediately after foods - span it by half hour.g. Drink water when you are thirsty.Finally, having followed clean dietary and mental habits, here is a home remedy: Wash your face with cleansing milk. Then, apply a mixture of green gram flour or besan flour with Cream of milk (use cow’s milk instead of packed milk) and apply on your skin and leave it to dry for 5-6 minutes. wash your skin and watch it glow.To summarise, your skin is just an indicator of your habits. Have clean habits and you will have a clear skin.-- Mahesh Krishnamurthy

Care of Your Bundle of Joy

Dr. K.Santosh Kumar, Pediatrician
Most of us including many doctors are caught unaware when it comes to managing a newborn baby, creating a lot of confusion and dilemmas to the nursing mother .I would like to focus on major dos and don'ts of handling your bundle of joy .Breastfeeds or Artificial feeds Breastfeeds are the best to the baby a fact which has been proven beyond doubt. And there is nothing like milk secretion is less and so on. Whatever secretion you get is sufficient for your kid and sucking only improves milk secretion so be sure that you give the best to your baby  and don't forget to feed him exclusively till 6 months with breastfeeds and continue it till 2 years for the best growth of your little one Bathing your kid Ideally sponging with lukewarm water is advised in the initial two weeks of life beyond which your kid is  ready for regular bathing. Its better to avoid head bathing till your kid is around a month old and be sure that you don't attempt blowing the nose which is harmful to your kid. A word of caution is that for low birth weight newborns you better consult your doctor regarding bathing.Massaging Massaging with oil is a health practice and little ones love them ,but be sure that you dont use mustard oil or mineral oil.Soaps and powder It's ideal to use mild soap so that it doesn't affect the acid mantle covering the skin. Ideally soaps would be Dove, Daffy, Dermadew, Teddy bar etc. As far as it goes its better to avoid powders. 

Hydrotherapy for Obesity!!

Ms. Anu Priya, Alternative Medicine
India is the third most obese country in the world. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in India in the 21st century, with morbid obesity affecting 5% of the country's population.Nowadays, most of the people are not interested and do not have time for regular exercise to maintain their health. Time constraints and lifestyle make many people do not practice the exercise as their daily routine. Physical inactivity and obesity are modifiable risk factors for many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and depression. Both physical inactivity and obesity are associated with low-grade systemic inflammation that may contribute to the inflammatory processes present in many chronic diseases. (Nick H. T. ten Hacken (2009). A sudden jogging is not suitable for people who suffer from obesity because it cans badly affect to the heart. Walking and light jogging is one of the easiest ways to start a workout routine exercise for the obese. But majority, not only obese people, normal people also have the constraints to do the exercise.not interested and do not have time for regular exercise to maintain their health. Time constraints and lifestyle make many people do not practice the exercise as their daily routine. Physical inactivity and obesity are modifiable risk factors for many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and depression. Both physical inactivity and obesity are associated with low-grade systemic inflammation that may contribute to the inflammatory processes present in many chronic diseases.Hydrotherapy as a means of physical activity for obese peoplePhysical exercise in water is a possibility to try to increase physical and mental health of obese persons without the risk of injuries. Hydrotherapy is one of physical exercise in water which is suitable for obese people treatment. The benefits of the hydrotherapy for the obese people are:It reduces musculoskeletal pressure and stress and makes exercising less painful.The resistance of the water can be used to increase muscle strength and joint mobility.It helps to energize muscles and tissue gradually. A lot of times obese people may lose the ability to maneuver certain body parts. This particular therapy helps to regain strength gradually.Obese and morbidly obese people are more prone to injury. This exercise is low impact and improves muscle tone and balance.Hydrotherapy reduces joint inflammation.SolutionUsing the combination of Ultrasonic Wave, Oxygen, Ozone, Anions, and Far-Infrared Rays (FIR) which can be naturally found in waterfall and hot spring bath, Hydrotherapy is the solution for the obese treatment. For those an obese or overweight person that uncomfortable when doing exercise and physical activity, Hydrotherapy is the right choice for them. Hydrotherapy @ Atos Leo aids in treating and restoring overall body system back to normal, without the use of medications or exercise because it used water for pain-relief and treating illness.For further details contact our consultant at 9944463006 / 42182590

Get in Shape With a Cold Shower!

Dr. Saurabh Gupta, Dentist
Weight management, especially weight loss is one of the most common worried around the world. People tend to try everything to lose weight, from dieting to exercises, almost everything that shows some signs of hope. However, there are so many simple things that can help you with the goal of losing weight without much efforts as required by heavy exercises and workout regimes. You can start taking stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, or walk at a faster pace or carry your groceries home rather than riding a cab. You daily life activities can help you lose weight easily. You may be surprised to know that you can lose weight even by taking a cold water shower every day.According to a recent study by Wijers et al, published as ‘Human Skeletal Muscle Mitochondrial Uncoupling Is Associated With Cold Induced Adaptive Thermogenesis’, suggests that human brown fat tissues can accelerate fat burning process in response to cold temperatures. The easiest way to let the brown fat tissues get the experience the cold temperatures is to take cold showers every morning. Although the study has confirmed the response of the tissues to cold temperature, the reason behind the response is still to be confirmed. The researchers found that regular cold water shower can speed up the metabolism more than exercise and diet alone. So how can one lose weight with a cold shower? Here is what you can do.Step 1:Since the main aim is to let yourself stay under the cold water for some time, you can start your shower with warm or hot water and finish your chores likes shampooing, conditioning and washing. Once you are done, you can slowly turn off the hot water knob and to gradually switch to colder water. You don’t have to rush, let your body adjust to the change in temperature of the water. Keep turning the knobs until you get the coldest temperature you are comfortable with.Step 2:Now that you have the cold water running over you, stay under in for couple of minutes until you adjust to the temperature. You will not notice but your body would already have started using the brown fat tissue to generate more heat in response to the cold temperature.Step 3:If possible turn to even colder water and let it run over your shoulders, neck and back, the areas where most of the human brown fat is found. Stay under the water for at least 3-4 minutes. The cold water would accelerate the fat burning in the body, allowing to lose more weight.Take the cold water shower every morning and if possible shower two to three times every day to get the most out of it. While humans do not have extensive amounts of brown fat, it are easy to stimulate allowing better chances of weight loss and improved metabolism.

The Healing Power of Water!

Ms. Anu Priya, Alternative Medicine
No other substance on Earth can match the healing properties and restorative powers of water. For untold generations, people have recognized water as a natural medicine, one that can ease the body and calm the spirit. Hydrotherapy harnesses the life-giving power of water and uses it to provide relief and comfort to those who suffer from all manner of aches and pains. Ancient cultures in Greece, China and Japan were among the first to develop hydrotherapy, which is the practice of submerging all or parts of the body in water for medicinal purposes. The practice rose to prominence in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries as physicians of the day studied the science of water therapy. "Water cures" were a common treatment at the time for a host of illnesses, including pneumonia, anxiety and back pain. Since then, the use of hydrotherapy has expanded greatly and is now an often prescribed treatment for a broad range of physical maladies. Hydrotherapy is the medicinal use of water for positive health benefits. These health benefits come from the mechanical and thermal effects of water interacting with the body. It includes the use of physical water properties, specifically temperature and pressure, and sometimes the delivery of minerals or herbal treatments to manipulate the body’s flow of blood, the endocrine system and associated neural systems in order to treat the symptoms of certain diseases. The term “Hydrotherapy” is derived from the Greek words “Hydro” meaning water, and “Therapia” meaning healing. Health Benefits of HydrotherapyHydrotherapy regiments can be designed to treat any number of maladies by creating different combinations of water temperature, water pressure and delivery methods. The most common ailments Hydrotherapy is used to treat include arthritis pain, back pain, headaches and muscle pain. These ailments respond well to changes in the body that are brought about by temperature and pressure differentials and by increased or decreased blood flow. But Hydrotherapy is useful for relieving the discomfort and pain caused by a variety of symptoms associated with different diseases and injuries.Increased blood flow has important effects on your body, including:1) more efficient oxygenation of tissues, thereby helping injuries heal faster,2) more efficient removal of toxins from tissue, which helps prevent or ease injuries and increases tissue resiliency. As a result, hot water Hydrotherapy is used to achieve many health benefits, the most popular of which are outlined below.Fight infection and injury By increasing the rate of blood flow in the body, Hydrotherapy increases circulation of the immune system’s white blood cells, enabling the immune system to work faster and more efficiently. Hydrotherapy increases the production of endorphins in the body as well. Endorphins are the body’s “pain killers” and are associated with feelings of elation or happiness. Endorphins also stimulate the immune system, alleviate pain, and help tissues heal faster.Help clear respiratory infectionsThe inhalation of steam, particularly those medicated with compounds like menthol, alleviates the constriction of swollen lung canals and air sacs, allowing fluids and mucus to move out of the lungs more readily, and oxygen into the lungs more efficiently. When your body fights lung infections, they move the ‘remains’ of organisms it has killed (and your spent white blood cells) out of your body via mucus, so clearing mucus and fluid out of your lungs is important in helping your body clear an infection as quickly as possible.Reduce pain and inflammation from arthritis and rheumatismsThe increase in blood flow brought about by hot water helps muscles relax, which lessens stress and pressure on joints, thereby alleviating pain from arthritis and rheumatism. Inflammation in surrounding muscles and connective tissue is caused by a combination of cellular reactions to injury and a buildup of fluids, and when blood flow is increased, the body is able to reabsorb fluids faster and heal injury faster, helping reduce inflammation over time.Improve sleep and relieve stressThe calming effects hot water has on the nervous and endocrine systems help put our bodies in a “lower gear”, thereby relaxing us mentally. This state of heightened relaxation makes it easier for us to fall asleep and helps alleviate daily stress and anxiety.Prevent headachesWhen blood vessels dilate, the physical space our blood has to fill in our bodies increases, and therefore overall systemic blood pressure decreases. Headaches are often brought about by high pressure in the arteries of the skull, so lower blood pressure helps prevent this from happening. In addition, stress is often a culprit of constricted blood flow to the brain, which can also lead to headaches. Since hydrotherapy treatments help alleviate stress, they can also limit the onset of stress-induced headaches as well.Help control blood sugar in diabeticsRecent studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine have shown that people with Type 2 Diabetes had an easier time controlling their plasma sugar levels and weight when they soaked in hot water for 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week. In some instances, people needed less insulin each day as well. The increased blood flow, which mimics exercise and decreases activity of the endocrine system while increasing blood circulation to and from tissues, plays a role in the body’s ability to maintain glucose levels. Hydrotherapy is especially helpful in alleviating painful symptoms in people who have a harder time exercising than those who do not.Reduce symptoms in patients with nerve, muscle or connective tissue diseasesBecause  Hydrotherapy has a calming effect on the nervous system and helps increase blood flow to soft tissue, it helps alleviate symptoms associated with neural and muscular diseases by decreasing demands on neurons, decreasing stress in the muscles, and increasing the flow of oxygen to soft tissues, which aids in healing.Relax muscles, heal muscle injuries, and relieve muscle disease symptomsHydrotherapy is especially helpful in bringing increased blood flow to the soft tissues of the body, particularly the muscles. In cases where people suffer from muscle injury or disease, Hydrotherapy can provide great relief from many muscle discomforts including cramps, swelling, pain and spasms.Treat circulatory problems, especially in the limbsWhen blood vessels dilate, as they do during Hydrotherapy treatment, circulation and blood flow is increased, particularly to soft tissue like muscles. This is especially helpful in people who suffer from circulation problems, especially to the limbs and extremities. People who suffer from cold hands and feet will find that many times hot Hydrotherapy doesn’t only provide an immediate relief, but that it continues to help even hours after the treatment.Complexion Hydrotherapy helps to regulate your body's temperature control by improving the efficiency of your perspiration glands. This releases the toxins from your body and leaves you with a healthy glowing complexion. If you look better you will feel better. The oxygen flow is increased by the effect of the millions of bubbles and this activity can also help reduce fluid retention and even have a dramatic effect on other ailments such as cellulite. In short, Hydrotherapy offers an excellent way for you to regain and maintain a healthy and painless body. Any natural treatment that can help you to revitalise and de-stress, without producing the detrimental side effects of some of today's modern drugs has got to be the way forward. In your first 20 mins therapyAfter 5 minutes - your blood pressure and pulse rates start to drop. After 10 minutes - your circulation improves in your hands and feet making them warmer.  After 15 minutes - your muscles will relax becoming more receptive to passive exercise, fibrous tissue becomes more pliable and responsive to stretching encouraging the release of lactic acid and other toxins from your system.  After 20 minutes - your aches and pains will experience a temporary decrease in severity.  Further Therapy outcomesAfter 3 sessions - your immune system will be improved.  After 5 sessions - tension, emotional and physical pain will noticeably be reduced.  After 10 sessions - your pain relief will be longer lasting, you'll experience a greater sense of well-being.  After 20 sessions - you will have a heightened tolerance to disease and depression, your skin will be clearer and glow with health and your muscle tone and mobility will improve. Don't miss to experience this wonderful Hydrotherapy @ Atos Leo Healthfarm.. 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Some Like It Hot, Some Like It Cold - What Showers Do for You

Dr. Vishwas Virmani, Physiotherapist
Take it hotHot showers can do wonders for your well-being. If you are under the weather with symptoms of cold and fever, stepping into a warm foggy bathroom can do the trick. A steamy shower is a natural decongestant and also helps bring down body temperature. If you work out and lead a hectic life you should really consider upping the temperature in the bathroom, as hot showers act as excellent soothers that help relieve tension in the body. In fact a strong jet stream from the shower head acts as an aqua massager, gently working its magic on stiff muscles.What's more, hot showers, as it is widely believed, trigger the release of Oxytocin, helping ease anxiety. Not for nothing is Oxytocin sometimes referred to as the love hormone, for it helps steam things up in the bedroom too!Chill outStepping under a cold shower may require nerves of steel but (difficult as it is) a cold shower is actually really good for you! Switching to cold water for just five minutes towards the end of your shower makes the body literally jump start to life. The shock will wake every pore of your being, making you more alert and less fatigued. If you want lovelier locks and glowing skin, a cold shower is a fantastic option that aids in tackling split ends and dry skin. Taking a cold shower at least twice a day is recommended by researchers as a possible therapy for depression as well. So if you are feeling low, just hop into a cold shower and step out revived and rejuvenated.Hot or cold, a good shower can rinse away a lot of unwanted stress, dirt, grime, and keep you fighting fit. So make sure that you make the most of your bath, hum a tune while you're at it, and step out ready to take on the world!

The Many Benefits of Hydrotherapy!

Ms. Anu Priya, Alternative Medicine
Undoubtedly, the first human beings to come across a sparkling, warm-water spring entered the soothing waters after a long day of hunting and gathering, and said, “Ahhhhhh.” From ancient times to modern day, people have intuitively been drawn to the restorative powers of hydrotherapy. Can something that feels so good actually be good for you? Happily, the answer is a resounding “Yes.”Today there is a body of research to support the use of warm-water immersion and hydro acupressure bubbles, to promote healing and increase both a physical and mental sense of well-being. Alleviation of StressFor most of us, stress is now an unavoidable part of everyday life. Over the long term, without the use of appropriate stress management techniques, your health will begin to suffer. Hydrotherapy is one of the easiest ways to reduce the effects of stress on both your body and your mind. This, in turn, encourages release of endorphins, a naturally occurring substance in the body which induces a sense of well-being. For stress relief, we recommend using our hydrotherapy at least three times a week at a temperature that allows 20 minutes of immersion. Additionally, aromatherapies can be combined with hydrotherapy by adding essential oils that are available especially for use in your therapy.Natural Aid to Sound SleepA good night’s sleep is vital to your health and safety. The National Sleep Foundation , among other experts on sleep, recognizes a regular soak in a hot tub as an excellent way to prepare for a night of sound sleep. To obtain more restful sleep and to overcome insomnia take up a hydrotherapy session in the evening, this will raise your body temperature. The therapy helps clear your mind of stresses that can disturb sleep. The essential oils were chosen particularly to aid natural sleep. Once you leave the hot tub, your body temperature will fall, providing a natural inducement to falling into a deep, sound sleep. Muscle and Joint HealthAfter just 12 minutes in a hot tub, deep muscle temperature increases to reach the temperature of the water. This has been shown to provide relief to sore or injured muscles and joints and promote healing of injured tissue. While hydrotherapy will benefit almost anyone with common muscle fatigue or joint pain.Fitness BenefitsThe hydrotherapy is well-suited for a water-based exercise program. To quote directly from a 2009 study: Aquatic activity impacts the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, autonomic nervous system and endocrine systems in ways that have positive public health implications for issues, including obesity, diabetes, and arthritis. When using your hot tub to increase your overall physical fitness, you may adopt an exercise program or simply enjoy the heart-healthy effects of a daily soak.Thus 20 minutes of our Hydrotherapy session burns minimum 250 calories without any exercise movements inside the tub. In a water workout, the buoyancy provided by water reduces the impact on your joints which occurs on dry land. Many people with a physical limitation that restricts them from using traditional gym equipment or engaging in vigorous exercise are able to accomplish a water-workout that can improve and restore strength and flexibility. But we’ll let you in on a secret: simply sitting and soaking can provide many of the benefits of a more strenuous aerobic workout. In a study cited in the New England Journal of Medicine, a group of sedentary people added a 30 minute daily hot tub immersion to their routines, reducing their weight by an average of 3.75 pounds over the course of the three week study.Immersion in hot water increases blood flow to central organs, including the heart. As blood flow to the heart increases, the heart “exercises” by speeding up to accommodate the added volume. Of course, it is most appropriate to consult your doctor before starting a new program of treatment or strenuous exercise, especially if you have any pre-existing health or heart conditions.Resources:Popke, Michael. “Calming Influence.” Athletic Business, March 2010. Magazine online. Retrieved from http://www.athleticbusiness.com/articles/article.aspx?articleid=2894&zoneid=43 on 11 June 2010.“Healthy Sleep Tips.” National Sleep Foundation website. Retrieved fromhttp://www.sleepfoundation.org/ article/sleep-topics/healthy-sleep-tips on 15 June 2010.PT Staff. “Hydrotherapy: The Soothing Power of Soaking.” Psychology Today, March 2001. Magazine online. Retrieved fromhttp://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200103/hydrotherapy-the-soothing-power-soaking on 15 June 2010.  Becker, Bruce E., et al. “Biophysiologic Effects of Warm Water Immersion.” International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 2009. Retrieved fromhttp://education.wsu.edu/research/nasmi/publications/BiophysiologicEffectsofWarmWaterImmersion.pdf on 14 June 2010.

Are Sauna Belts Really Effective in Weight Loss?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
In our busier than bees lifestyle we would gladly give an arm and a leg to get a golden quick fix solution to our weight loss worries. Especially in times of desperate needs, we think of drastic measures like crash diets and unhealthy equipment which promise quick and easy weight loss. Be it the upcoming wedding season or a beach vacation, the urgent need to shed those few extra kilos seems pertinent but alas if somehow the effort involved can be reduced!- it is precisely this kind of thinking that the marketers of products like the slim sauna belt try to bank on.The Claim: The slim sauna belt is basically a thermal belt which can be tied around your problem areas like belly, thighs, butt, etc. in order to make these areas sweat and thereby making you lose fat from these regions. The logic explained to you is that sweating makes you lose weight and this can make you spot reduce without moving a muscle in the body. Just by wearing it for 15-20 minutes during the day while at your work or catching up with home chores, this magical belt promises to make you lose weight by just heating up your body surface, making it sweat and thereby making you lose weight.The Fact: There are several facts that you need to know before you go investing in something like the sauna belt. First, its results are not scientifically proven and hence its authenticity is left to customer experience and if you try and search the web, you will mostly find bad reviews and aggrieved customers who did not receive any results or worse got burnt while using the belt.Second, the gadget promises spot reductions and it is a widely known fact that spot reductions are a myth. You cannot lose weight only from one side of your body, when you lose weight you lose from your entire body.Now, to throw some light on what exactly does the sauna belt do? It electronically produces infrared rays which increases the temperature of the surface of the part of the body where it is tied and hence stimulates sweating and the maximum it can yield is make you lose some water weight which you lose due to sweating but beyond that it actually has no effect. Sweating is merely a mechanism to cool the body surface and allowing the heat to escape from the body. Imagine if high temperatures were a sure shot way of losing weight people living in tropical climates would never be overweight.In short, it does not do anything to your fat cells. Fat cells cannot be melted away by mere application of heat. The reason you have fat cells is because you consumed more calories than you utilised and hence storing the extra calories as fat cells is your body’s way of preparing itself for stress situations when there is a shortage of calories in the body, for example when you work out and burn more calories, your body starts using the reserve energy stored in the fat cells. So the only way of melting away the fat underneath your skin is by indulging in either a low calorie diet to stimulate a calorie deficit in the body to make the body utilise its reserves or by working out causing the same reactions from our body. Mere sweating from a certain region is not going to make your body burn those fat cells. Whatever weight loss is there it is due to water being lost due to high temperature same way as you get dehydrated during summers.Besides, the increase in temperature can be very dangerous for patients of heart diseases and high blood pressure. In many cases the uncontrolled temperature can lead to localized burns and in some cases can also lead to skin allergies.So think logically before shedding out unnecessary amounts of money on a gadget which is very obviously a farce.