What Is It?
Hydrotherapy is, by definition, the use of water for the maintenance of health or the treatment of disease by stimulating the body’s own self-healing mechanisms. It was first developed as a therapeutic modality in Western medicine over two centuries ago and has remained a cornerstone of Naturopathic therapeutics. In our practice, we utilize hydrotherapy by alternating hot and cold towels on the torso in conjunction with an electrical sine wave machine that acts as a gentle massage to stimulate circulation and promote natural detoxification.
How Does It Work?
Using different water temperatures assists in altering the rate of blood flow and lymphatic fluid in the body; essentially creating a pump. Initially a hot towel is placed on the skin to increase flow of blood and other fluids like the lymphatic fluid via vasodilation. Following with a cold towel causes the blood vessels to initially constrict, and then gradually dilate. This pushes the fluids back towards the center of the body, and then gradually moves them back towards the surface to warm the towel. This initiates a cycle of carrying away metabolic and other waste products from cellular and tissue detoxification, followed by a flow of nutrient-rich, well-oxygenated blood through the tissue and vital organs such as the liver, kidney, adrenals, intestines, and lungs.
What are the medical benefits besides detoxification?
reduced inflammation and chronic pain to the local area
increase in energy level
strengthened immune system, specifically an increase in white blood cell count
improvements in digestion and bowel function
regulation of blood sugar levels
improvements in sleep
decrease in stress response
Who Can It Help?
Hydrotherapy is used to treat a wide range of health concerns. It has been used to treat patients with adrenal fatigue, constipation, gastrointestinal overgrowth of yeast or bacteria, HPV and cervical dysplasia, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, arthritis, pneumonia, IBS, insomnia, hypertension, diabetes, recurring infections, colds and flu, and nervous system disorders, to name a few.
What Is the Cost?
Hydrotherapy sessions are $65 and last approximately 60-70 minutes. Packages are available for 5 sessions for the price of 4 at $260, and 10 sessions for the price of 8 at $650. Packages expire 1 year after purchase. Full payment of packages due at time of the first appointment.