Hydrotherapy, formerly called hydropathy is the use of water to heal, maintain, and restore health. Hydrotherapy is the most beneficial system of restoring normal functions in the body. Hydrotherapy treatments include enema, hip bath, the full sheet pack, local wet packs, steam-bath, hot foot bath, spinal bath, localized fomentation by steam, sponge bath, etc.
There is a physiological basis to hydrotherapy. It is used for people recovering from serious injuries, with joint problems