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What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, has been around for thousands of years, and is noted as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans. It also forms part of many traditional medicine treatments. It uses water, both internally and externally, at varying temperatures (hot, cold, steam, or ice) to relieve physical discomfort, maintain, or to restore health. Temperature-based treatments include the application of moist heat or cold (called fomentation) to specific parts of the body. Cold compresses or ice packs are used for situations such as sprains or headaches.
Hydrotherapy treatments may include a variety of treatments such as; steam baths, contrast showers, fever baths, foot baths, sitz-baths, or cold and hot water compresses.
Hydrotherapy is based on the concept that varying the temperature of water stimulates the immune system, alters blood flow, encourages an accelerated healing process, and ultimately revitalizes health.
How Hydrotherapy Works
Temperature plays a large part in this process, and different ailments can be controlled by practices using different temperatures. External hydrotherapy involves the immersion of a patient in water or the application of water or ice to the body, while temperature-based hydrotherapy involves the different effects of hot and cold water on the skin and underlying tissues.
Hot water relaxes the muscles and causes sweating. It can be used to treat conditions such as arthritis/joint pain, poor circulation, or sore muscles and can be used in combination with aromatherapy. Cold water hydrotherapy is used to stimulate blood flow in the skin and underlying muscles.
Anyone may benefit from the wide array of hydrotherapy treatments available at DaySpring whether unwinding in our Infrared sauna after a stressful day (for members only), or taking a treatment for a specific medical condition. Dr. Mazone, or one of our health educators, may also provide you with information on how to do certain treatments at home as part of your integrated wellness plan.
We seek to recommend safe and effective treatments to all of our patients who may benefit from hydrotherapy. Some treatments may be contraindicated for different age groups or for individuals with certain health conditions. An integrative consult with Dr. Mazone, including a complete health history and suggested wellness plan, is required before our patients may take hydrotherapy treatments or schedule the sauna.
Community members may book an appointment for hydrotherapy or sauna at DaySpring with a prescription for treatment signed by their primary care doctor.
Swimsuits are required. Please bring your own towel and drinking water.
- assisting the body with detoxification and eliminating waste
- relaxing tense muscles
- increasing metabolic rate and digestive activity
- hydrating cells, improving skin, and muscle tone
- boosting the immune system, allowing it to function more efficiently
- improving internal organ functions and stimulating their blood supply
- lessening the body’s sensitivity to pain
- relieving anxiety and stress
- promoting over-all relaxation
- Saunas relax your sore, tight, overworked & tired muscles.
- Saunas are excellent for fighting winter colds.
- Saunas release daily stress and tension.
- You may feel deep relaxation and calm.
- Better and deeper sleep after a sauna.
- Revitalizes the body and mind.
- Refreshes the skin – deep cleans and moisturizes.
- Saunas are great for lower back pain & arthritis.
- Reduces aches and pains in joints.
- Sauna time is a time of peace.
Contraindications for the sauna:
Intense sauna heat is not recommended during:
- High-risk pregnancies. (Consult your physician prior to sauna appt.)
- For patients with unstable angina pectoris, recent myocardial infarction, and severe aortic stenosis.
- Decompensated heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia are relative contraindications.
- Alcohol and/or drug intake before or during sauna bathing can create serious health risks and impaired judgment. For these reasons, the partaking of drugs or alcoholic beverages is not permitted at our sauna.
Unassisted Sauna & Hydrotherapy Rates:
Note: Community members may book an appointment for the sauna with a prescription from their doctor as part of their treatment plan. A signed doctor's note must be provided at the time of check-in.