In fluidotherapy when warmed air is blown through a mass of cellulose particles(powder) which become suspended in moving air in a large cabinet,a fluid like mixture is formed in which a distal part of limb is immersed through a hole in the box. Treatment is usually maintained between 38-45 C causing skin stimulation both mechanical and thermal. It is different from hydro therapy as sweating can still act as heat loss mechanism. Treatment is usually given for 20 min. If there is an open wound,It must be covered to prevent the powder entrance into the tissues.
Heated Air Treatment:
Hot dry air and a mixture of air and water vapors known as hot air baths or Turkish baths,are also used for obtaining therapeutic effects in various conditions.
Its apparatus consists of a metal box fitted with an electric fan or element heater that is regulated with the help of a thermostat. Hot air is passed through 3 or 4 successive chambers where the temperature is usually 93-104 c. Despite the profuse sweating, body temperature does not rise in hot air bath. cold shower followed by 30 min rest is necessary at the end.
Clinical Uses of Fluidotherapy:
It is use full for the treatment of the hand injuries especially in edema and open wounds.