Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is an ancient method of treatment using water in any of its forms (hot or cold, ice or steam) to treat a wide range of disease conditions. Naturopathic doctors are trained in a broad variety of hydrotherapy techniques including sauna, immersion bath, hot/cold packs, colonic irrigation, sitz bath, shower, etc.

Some advantages to hydrotherapy are:

  • Always available
  • Easy to learn and perform
  • Painless
  • Inexpensive
  • Performed at home

The goal of hydrotherapy is to improve the circulation of the blood to help improve bodily functions. Good circulation is important because blood provides nutrients and oxygen to the entire body, and if that circulation is compromised, certain areas of your body will not be receiving the nutrients it needs which can lead to a myriad of conditions. Good bloodflow also helps remove waste from organs and tissues, and if waste builds up it can also lead to a variety of symptoms.

Some general therapeutic uses of hydrotherapy:

  • Reduce pain and swelling
  • Reduce fever
  • Eliminate toxins
  • Improve immune function

Baths are one common form of hydrotherapy.  A hot bath or shower can reduce stress, encourage relaxation, and help clean out toxins. Adding minerals or herbs to the bath can enhance the healing benefits. A cold rinse after the hot bath can improve the blood flow and boost energy! Vitalia Natural Medicine specializes in teaching patients how to use hydrotherapy at home, and will use it as part of a plan to help you begin feeling healthy again. Visit Vitalia Natural Medicine and start feeling better today!

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