The use of warm water therapy for physical ailments has been around since the establishment of the earliest civilizations. However, hydrotherapy, as it is currently referred to, did not make a lasting impression on the United States until the 1930s when it became public knowledge that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had been using this method to help alleviate the debilitating symptoms of polio. Roosevelt considered hydrotherapy an imperative part of his rehabilitation therapy for the rest of his life.
Through the years, the introduction of technologically advanced hot tubs and spas further increased interest in warm water therapy. Today, hydrotherapy is a common part of physical therapy for many ailments, especially arthritis.
Sandra Wiggin, a registered nurse, understands pain-but not only because of her profession. Wiggin has osteoarthritis, which has spread throughout her spinal column.