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Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy

The healing power of water.

Hydrotherapy techniques use water and temperature to revitalize tissues and restore health.  Heat soothes tissues and promotes blood flow to the area, cold brings blood flow away from the area and relieves congestion and inflammation.  When hot and cold are used alternatingly, blood is pumped back and forth, bringing in oxygen and nutrients and shuttling out carbon dioxide and other metabolic waste products.  This gentle therapy is deceivingly powerful, tonifying the cardiovascular system while restoring blood flow to tissues in need of healing.

Hydrotherapy has been used for centuries to combat disease and restore health.  The system-wide tonifying effects it produces makes it a useful therapy for both acute illness and chronic diseases.  Here are some of the many conditions hydrotherapy is used for at the SCNM Clinic:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Allergies
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Acute respiratory infection and bronchitis
  • Excessive lung or sinus mucous
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Stress
  • Toxicity
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Acute injuries
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Muscle spasms

Constitutional hydrotherapy is the most common form of hydrotherapy utilized at SCNM.   Hot and cold towels are applied in alternating fashion to your chest and abdomen, and then your entire body is wrapped to keep your body’s heat in.  This treatment enhances blood flow to your major organs, promoting proper functioning, detoxification, and overall health and vitality.  It’s also very relaxing, reducing stress and putting your body in a state of rest and repair.

In addition to constitutional hydrotherapy, SCNM offers a variety of other hydrotherapy treatments, each with a host of conditions it treats.  Some of these other options include:

  • Hot or cold compresses
  • Wet sheet wraps
  • Wet sock treatment
  • Infrared sauna
  • Wet sauna
  • Hot fomentation
  • Steam inhalation
  • Sitz bath

Hydrotherapy is one of many tools employed by the naturopathic physicians.  After completing a comprehensive medical intake, performing pertinent physical exams, and ordering any necessary labs and imaging, your naturopathic physician may suggest hydrotherapy treatments to help you with your condition.  Regardless of the treatment, it will be selected based on your health needs and wishes.

Hydrotherapy is a powerful yet gentle therapy that uses water in various forms to increase your body’s ability to heal from chronic and acute conditions.  You will notice the effects immediately, beginning with an undeniable feeling of relaxation and tranquility.  Click here to schedule an appointment with an SCNM physician, student clinician or resident, or call 480.428.3232.