Hydrotherapy: Detrimental or beneficial to the respiratory system?

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Colleges, School and Institutes

Abstract

This paper reviews the literature which identifies the physiological effects of immersion on vital capacity and associated respiratory volumes and mechanics. The apparent conflict as to whether immersion is detrimental or beneficial for individuals with small lung volumes is identified. A critical analysis of previous research is made, the implications for clinical practice are identified, and suggestions for future research are given.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-13
Number of pages9
JournalPhysiotherapy
Volume86
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2000

Keywords

  • Hydrotherapy, immersion, vital capacity, respiratory volumes and mechanics, contra-indications