Hydrotherapy is the medicinal use of water to relieve discomfort and promote physical wellbeing. These health benefits come from the mechanical and thermal effects of water interacting with the body. It includes the application of water in any form and sometimes the delivery of minerals or herbal treatments to manipulate the body’s flow of blood, the endocrine system and associated neural systems in order to treat the symptoms of certain diseases. Hydrotherapy is also used to tone up the body, to stimulate digestion, circulation, the immune system and bring relief from pain.
The Delivery of Hydrotherapy to the Body
In addition to a whirlpool tub or soaking bath there are other popular methods to deliver hydrotherapy benefits to the body such as compress, poultice, douche, inhalations, sitz, steam and foot baths.
The hydrotherapy consultation includes a question and answer session to address specific concerns and offer information pertaining to detoxification symptoms, estimated cleansing timeframe, dietary considerations, lifestyle factors and herbal hydrotherapy treatment.