Shower Bath ideas – Shower bath suggestions, types of shower baths, effect of hot and cold shower bath and its role in disease control and cure
Since bath tubs and shower stalls are inherently wet, slippery, and dangerous places to be, a couple of shower safety suggestions are appropriate.
Always keep both feet firmly planted on the floor of the shower and bend knees for extra stability while doing any of the routines suggested. Traction tape on the tub floor surface and strategic grab bars will also be helpful if your particular shower seems at all risky.
These investments are well worth the expense to make your bathroom more effective and safe as a therapy setting.
After any of the hot water therapy routines, please take care not to get chilled afterwards. This might undo the benefits you’ve just worked hard to achieve.
The longer the time you’ve spent doing your routines, the longer the cool down time you should allow. Just keep a towel wrapped around yourself, and enjoy the tapering warmth of the steam in the room.
Shower bath suggestions:
Your health is important, and so is the health of this planet. Your health is important and so is the health of this planet.
If you’re using your shower for hot water therapy, two suggestions will improve the effectiveness of your shower and keep it ecologically sensitive.
A flow resistor device can be installed just in front of any shower head. It can be purchased from hardware stores. This device will allow you to modulate the flow of water without affecting the temperature.
A long shower routine can deplete the water in your hot water heater, causing an abrupt end to your hot water therapy.
A great way to use this flow resistor device in your shower routine is to take a hand towel into the shower with you. Drape it across your neck and shoulders while the restricted flow of warm water soaks into it.
This damp warm towel will prolong the positive effects of hot water while you do your therapy and will save water at the same time.
New Shower head
The second suggestion is to purchase a new water conserving shower head that aerates and focuses the water in a variety of ways. Many also come with an extra length of tubing or those which allows better hand held placement for localized therapy.
Stand with your knees bent slightly, hands at your sides. Flatten the curve of your lower back by sucking your stomach in, pressing your belly button back towards your spine, and lifting your pubis up. This is the backward tilt.(Think of the direction your stomach goes in.) Hold for six seconds.
Now relax your stomach and move your buttocks back, curving the small of your back. Your knees are still bent. Hold for six seconds, letting the water spray on your lower back.
Repeat five more times, for a total of six repetitions.
More about showers and steam showers
Showers include all applications of water or steam that are administered under pressure. Showers are divided into cold, neutral, warm or hot.
Hot showers and extended showers are preferable for rheumatic disorders. Showers can be rain or fan, with a gentle low pressure, and used in various temperatures.
For the athlete, warm showers after training or competition have a generally loosening and relaxing effect, in addition to being cleansing. Cold showers have a tonic effect on the blood vessels and are a good way to conclude warm showers.
Steam showers can be used to improve muscular recovery after competition. The steam shower is also suited for the treatment of residual damage, such as occurs in contractures, scars and rheumatic disorders.
In a steam shower, the steam is sprayed onto the skin at a mild comfortable pressure and a temperature of about 110°F. The treating person should keep a distance of six feet from the client, as the steam can otherwise scald.
A light gentle-spray shower for four to six minutes in lukewarm (92-97°F), body temperature water relaxes the body by contracting the circulatory blood system. The reaction is similar to that with a long neutral bath.
The shower is used as cold as, and as long as, the client can tolerate it. The endurance to cold will increase as the procedure is prolonged.
Contra-indications: Cardiovascular instability
Effects: Overcomes fatigue, tonic effect, reduces elevated body temperature.
A light spray rain shower for two to five minutes with temperature from 100°F to 104°F eases neuralgic pain and comforts body.
Contra-indication: any form of swelling, lymph oedema.
Effects: Prepares client for a cold treatment, alleviates pain, soothes irritated skin.
Alternate hot and cold shower
Always begin with the hot shower and do not shock the body. The alternating temperature has the most body hardening and conditioning effect. Equal amounts of hot and cold water or unequal amounts can be applied with emphasis on the water.
Washing down with a wet cloth or mitten
Ablution, performed with a wet cloth, is the mildest form of kneipp water application. Ablution differs from usual cleansing procedures. The washing procedure is divided into whole and partial body washings.
Treatment should take place in a draft free warm room. A coarse linen wash cloth is recommended for the procedure. Water should be applied evenly to the body parts being washed.
The stimulating effect of the washing (especially on the skin’s circulation) may vary. Use one part vinegar to two parts water.
Washing of lower extremities, buttocks
Indications: Stress syndrome, dysfunction of the body’s thermoregulatory system (rheumatism, cold, fever), poor circulation, insomnia, varicose veins, thyroid over activity.
Contra-indications: Over sensitivity to cold, bladder or kidney infection, inflammation or infection of the female pelvic organs.
Effects: Toughens skin, reduces insomnia, stimulates metabolism , promotes digestive process.
Equipment: Coarse linen wash cloth, cold water.
Procedure: Dip a coarse linen wash cloth into cloth water. Wash the right leg-first leg back. Move to the left leg back. End with the soles of the feet. Ablution should be performed as quickly as possible. Do not dry. Have client dressed in either a nightdress or pajamas and get into a warm bed.
Water additives: Vinegar.
Washing down of arms and legs
Indications: Fever, acute infections.
Contra-indications: Over-sensitivity to cold, hands or feet.
Effects: Reduces fever, increases perspiration, improves circulation, refreshes.
Equipment: Coarse linen, wash cloth, cold water.
Procedure: Assist client into bed, then dip a coarse wash cloth into cold water. Washing down begins with lower part of the legs or lower part of the arms. Ablution should be performed as quickly as possible. Do not dry. Cover client well with a blanket. If the client feels warm again, repeat the procedure. The procedure can be repeated several times in an hour.
Water Additives: Vinegar.
This cascading vertical body spray shower has nine or more sprays. It creates a gentle or vigorous rain shower from the ankles to the shoulders from above. It is commonly used before and/or after a herbal body wrap, skin exfoliation and massage therapy.
The treatment provides relief from symptoms of tension, insomnia and stress. A true shower treatment is actually a full body alternating-temperature hydro-massage performed by the effect of the shower heads.
Indications: Chronic back pain, insomnia, vascular instability
Contra-indications: Cardiovascular insufficiencies, venous disorders, thrombosis, varices.
Temperature: 103-70°F, to 103-65°F and so on.
The vichy shower therapy was originally created for clients with apoplexy, paraplegia, quadriplegia and cardiovascular insufficiencies.
The Vichy shower is a horizontal shower bar with shower nozzles arranged so that the entire body, situated on a table, is covered with a gentle water stream.
The Vichy shower therapy is a form of hydro-massage with a temperature of about therapy is a form of hydro-massage with a temperature of about 105°F or contrast temperature (warm-cool) application. For optimal vascular results, the client is brushed with a soft bristle brush.
Indications: Chronic fatigue, mild hypertension, lymphatic congestion, skin exfoliation and cleansing.
Contra-indications: Vascular instability, open skin ailments, lymph oedema, pregnancy.