- Steam bath is one of the most important time-tested water treatments which induce perspiration in a most natural way.
- The patient, in minimum loin cloth (picture show) or underwear, is made to sit on a stool inside a specially designed cabinet.
- Before entering the cabinet, the patient should drink one or two glasses of cold water and protect the head with a cold towel.
- The duration of the steam bath is generally 10 to 20 minutes or until perspiration takes place.
- A cold shower should be taken immediately after the STEAM bath.
- Very weak patients, pregnant women, cardiac patients and those suffering from high blood pressure should avoid this bath.
- If the patient feels giddy or uneasy during the steam bath, he or she should be immediately taken out and given a glass of cold water and the face washed with cold water.
- The steam bath helps to eliminate morbid matter from the surface of the skin. It also improves circulation of the blood and tissue activity.
- It relieves rheumatism, gout, uric acid problems, and obesity. The steam bath is helpful in all forms of chronic toxemia.
- It also relieves neuralgia, chronic nephritis, infections, tetanus and migraine.
CATHERINE SHALINI RAJA
CARDIO RESPIRATORY PHYSICAL THERAPIST
FITNESS & SPORTS REHABILITATION SPECIALIST.