Just a word of caution, hydrotherapy or cold therapy should not be used if you are upset at a young child or older adult. I know, there are times in life where people can take things to the extreme but by using cold therapy, the health of fragile people becomes of risk. It's just easier to say no: when asking for ice-cream or going to the pool. That's how you show you're a real downer.
The problem is that cold therapies using liquid nitrogen are not digestable and cannot be used on those with acid reflux. GERD is a digestive disorder in which stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. GERD, causes throat problems which includes a lump or burning feeling in the throat. When a person lays down on a regular basis the acid and bile from the esophagus travel to the throat. A person with GERD should not sleep or lay down immediately after eating. Why? Here may be a reason: when a person swallows the muscle or the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes to allow for food and liquid to flow into your stomach, the muscle then tightens back up. When there is an abnormal relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter then any acid that enters the stomach will flow back into the esophagus and cause GERD. Esophageal dysmotility, is a term used to describe esophageal dysfunction in either the upper or lower esophageal sphincter and GERD is associated with this type of dysfunction. This is due to the nerves in the esophageal wall being damaged(achalasia), because of neurological or neuromuscular disorders. There are several surgeries one can have for GERD. These include TIF- Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication(and you thought GERD would cause a TIF!), then theres the Stretta Procedure and the BardEndo Cinch System which all involve tightening the lower esophageal sphincter, and lastly the Linx Surgery- if this isn't the Mardi Gras of surgery then I don't know what is! Linx surgery involves magnetic beads that are made of titanium that keep the opening between the stomach and esophagus closed. There are also relaxation exercises, that would require therapy for persons who suffer from GERD and have mental disabilities.
Alternatively, and in discussion with cold therapy, cold ice spray that consists of edible ice that is packed in an compressed stainless steel bottle, that is able to provide ice spray temperatures of appx. 25-30 degrees fahrenheit, will provide relief for throat pain or burning during meals or drinking liquids. Since the ice-spray is frozen it can be stored until ready to use. All you do is remove the edible frozen ice and place it into the stainless steel container. This will begin the process of making the ice sprayable for digestion. Afterwards, the ice-spray will stay cold for hours and can be placed in the refrigerator. You just spray the ice-spray into the mouth and as the chilled temperature of ice slides down the throat, the pain and irritation from the bile and acid will disappear as the ice-spray provides temporary relief from GERD or acid reflux. The ice-spray can be carried anywhere, especially if you are out of meds and can't find a local ER anywhere to get the surgery done, speaking of Mardi Gras, just saying!
The ice-spray will have you enjoying life and eating your favorite foods again-without the static attraction!