A shower massage is a medical procedure in which a patient is massaged under a water shower.
Shower massage is common and local. For a general massage, in which the whole body is exposed, the patient is placed on a special couch; above it is mounted a horizontal water-carrying pipe with 3-4 mesh rain showers fixed at the same distance. With a local massage shower, a stream of water from a hose is directed to a specific part of the body (limb, joint area, etc.). Massage your hands under a stream of water, whose pressure is 0.5-1 at, t ° 36-338 °. The temperature of the water can be gradually increased with a general massage shower up to 40 °, with a local massage up to 42 °.Go
The underwater shower-massage is more widespread, during which the massage is performed not with the hands, but with a jet of water from a hose from a special apparatus (fig.). The basis of the action of the underwater shower-massage is thermal and mechanical irritation. Underwater shower-massage causes reddening of the skin, improves blood and lymph circulation, and thus the nutrition of tissues, stimulates the metabolism and contributes to a more rapid resorption of inflammatory foci. The hose is equipped with a set of tips that allow you to send a jet of desired shape and pressure to the patient's body under water. General and local underwater shower-massage is carried out in a large bath or in a special pool at a water temperature of 35-37 °. After 5 minutes, the patient is in the bath, slowly moving the end of the hose, massage the limbs with a stream of water at a pressure of 3–4 atm, then the body at a pressure of 1–1.5 atm, excluding the heart area, mammary glands and genitals . Underwater shower massage is carried out daily or every other day for 15-30 minutes. The course of treatment is 15–20 procedures. The procedure is performed by a nurse .
Indications: obesity, gout , effects of injuries of the musculoskeletal system; diseases of the joints of various etiologies (excluding tuberculosis ), muscles and tendons; effects of damage and diseases of the peripheral nervous system; residual effects after suffering poliomyelitis ; sluggish granulating varicose ulcers (without thrombophlebitis ), etc.