What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of disease and maintenance of health.

"Our job is to make over the blood. Until we do, we're just spinning our wheels." - Harold Dick

The idea with hydrotherapy is that health and healing is proportional to blood flow. Hydrotherapy uses varying temperatures of water to alter blood flow and enhances it’s circulation through the organs to help eliminate waste and increase nutrient delivery to tissues. (Boyle & Saine, 1995)

What is an example of hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy can come in many form, some that are very simple and others being a little more complicated:

  • Steam inhalation
  • Sauna/steam baths
  • Foot baths
  • Nasal lavage
  • Constitutional hydrotherapy
  • Sitz baths