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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
We are pleased to offer therapeutic massage therapy as one of the integrative treatment approaches here at DaySpring. Both of our nurses, Hillary and Faith, are licensed massage therapists.
Massage therapy involves hands-on techniques to increase circulation, relieve tension, boost the immune system, reduce stress, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, and promote relaxation throughout the entire body, as well as many other benefits. When the body is tense and under stress, it produces unhealthy levels of the well-known stress hormone, cortisol, which can contribute to weight gain, sleeplessness, digestive problems, and headaches. Massage therapy has been shown to help decrease cortisol levels. This enables the body to enter a recovery mode. Massage also triggers the body to release hormones that encourage lasting feelings of relaxation, improved mood, and reduced stress levels.
Regular massage therapy sessions have been found to reduce blood pressure levels and assist in the reduction of cortisol levels within the body. In turn, lower blood pressure levels can also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and/or kidney failure, as well as many other health issues.
Massage promotes circulation to injured muscles which increases nutrients and oxygen to the damaged tissues. In turn, this increased activity to the affected sites reduces stiffness and edema (swelling) in the muscles and joints, as well as, increases flexibility to help reduce pain. Moreover, this form of therapy also releases endorphins (pain-killing hormones), which boost the dopamine and serotonin levels in the body. These hormones assist the body in many ways–physically as well as emotionally.
Improved circulation brings damaged, stiff, and tense muscles the rich blood supply they need to promote healing. Massage promotes improved circulation via the use of hands-on pressure, which moves the blood through the damaged and congested areas of the body. The release of this same pressure causes new blood to flow into tissues. Furthermore, the squeezing, twisting, and pulling action of the massage technique removes lactic acid from the muscle tissues. As a result, this action improves the lymph fluid circulation, which carries metabolic waste products away from internal organs and muscles.
Massage therapy can assist with posture issues. Many Americans experience back, neck, and muscle pain from a variety of sources. However, the primary cause of this pain results from poor posture. Chronic back pain, which is the number one reason for missed work days and second most common cause of disability, is often the result of incorrect or poor posture while standing and/or sitting. Contributors such as being overweight, poor posture, and repetitive or overuse movements can also contribute to the strain on the back and other potential problem areas. As a result, the added strain often causes spasms, pain, and tense muscles in the hips, glutes, back, neck, and legs. Massage therapy can help get the body back into proper alignment. In fact, improving one’s posture can be one of the most beneficial and relaxing aspects of massage therapy.
$325 Community Wellness Pass Punch Card / 5 massage
Membership Discount: $70/hour
Our skin is the body’s largest organ and absorbs everything it is exposed to. Sweating encourages a detoxification of cells reducing the toxic burden on our skin and other organs which encourages health and healing. Sweat can contain all kinds of toxins including heavy metals and pesticides.
DaySpring offers both full-spectrum infrared sauna and staff-assisted ozone sauna therapies. The infrared sauna also has a light therapy option. A 1/2 hour consultation with Dr. Zach is required for anyone who is interested in sauna therapy. However, we do accept referrals or a letter from other doctors stating that it is safe for an individual to use the sauna.
What is an Ozone Sauna?
Ozone sauna is an external, safe and least invasive ozone sauna therapy. Ozone is found in its natural state in higher levels of the atmosphere and is ”blue” in color, hence the sky is blue. Ozone is made by passing pure oxygen through an electric coil which gives it three atoms, instead of two, making it O3. It is the addition of the third oxygen atom that makes ozone “supercharged” oxygen and gives its multiple benefits for the body including opening the millions of pores of the skin allowing the ozone to be introduced into the bloodstream where it can travel to the fat and lymph tissue. The combination action of moist heat with the ozone cleanses the lymphatic system assisting the liver in its detoxing work.
There are multiple benefits to ozone sauna therapy including:
- Detoxifying the liver
- Destroying bacteria, viruses, and fungi
- Strengthening the immune system
- Purifying the skin
- Preventing illness
- Speeding recovery from illness
- Slowing down the aging process
- Increasing circulation and oxygen supply
- And much more…..
- 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.
Ozone Sauna Rates
$400 for a package of 5
$350 for a package of 5
Session includes: 1 hour supervised treatment, towels, detox supplements, cleansing tea, and use of private shower. Saunas are non-transferable to others.
Full-Spectrum Infrared Sauna (dry heat)
Infrared sauna therapy enhances overall wellness as it raises your core temperature resulting in a deep detoxifying sweat at a cellular level. This helps to improve circulation, provides pain relief, promotes relaxation, helps improve sleep, and aids in overall detoxification.
Full-Spectrum Infrared Sauna Rates (dry heat)
$350 for a package of 10
Note: Community members may book an appointment for the sauna with a prescription/referral from their doctor
as part of their treatment plan. A signed doctor's note must be provided at the time of check-in.
$225 for a package of 10
Session includes: 1 hour supervised treatment, towels, detox supplements, cleansing tea, and use of private shower. Saunas are non-transferable to others
A consultation with the doctor to set up a personalized IV protocol is required before scheduling any treatment, or a referral treatment plan by another medical provider may be sent to our office. Once a personalized IV protocol is created, we will need time to order supplies for a prescription before we can start treatments.
Prices vary between $120.00-$215.00 for an IV treatment based on the personalized therapy plan. Patients who have a DaySpring Primary Care Membership will receive a discount. IV therapy is considered complimentary/alternative medicine and is not covered by insurance.
IV Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an antioxidant nutrient found in foods such as citrus fruits, papaya, peppers, and kale, as well as, in dietary supplements. Vitamin C helps prevent damage to cells caused by free radicals in the body. It also works together with certain enzymes to assist the body in making collagen. High doses of vitamin C may be taken by mouth, or given by an intravenous (IV) infusion through a vein directly into the bloodstream. When taken by IV infusion, vitamin C can reach higher levels in the blood than when the same amount is taken orally. Some research studies have shown that high-dose vitamin C given through IV to cancer patients can reverse disease, improve quality of life and lessen the side effects from their illness.
While patients who have had IV therapy have reported many benefits, high-dose vitamin C infusion has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. There are still clinical trials being done on the impact of IV vitamin C for various cancers.
There have been very few side effects reported in clinical trials. However, patients with the following risk factors should NOT take high doses of vitamin C:
- Patients with a history of kidney stones, Kidney disease, or kidney failure.
- Patients with inherited G6PD deficiency
- Patients with hemochromatosis
To learn more about studies that have been done, read the following article:
https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/patient/vitamin-c-pdq. [PMID: 26389507]
PDQ® Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Editorial Board. PDQ High-Dose Vitamin C. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute.
IV Meyer's Cocktail
The Myer’s Cocktail derives its name from the late John Myer, MD. The “cocktail” is an IV therapy formulated from over 30 years of refinement that includes Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex, and other minerals. Vitamin C is included in the Myer’s Cocktail IV therapy as an antioxidant that empowers the immune system to fight infections caused by bacteria and virus. It also enhances metabolism.
Based on the assessment of Dr. Zach in the IV pre-treatment office visit, other vitamins can be added to the Myer’s Cocktail to deliver a custom-made treatment for the patient.
Benefits of Myer’s Cocktail IV therapy:
1. Treatment of general body weakness or symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
2. Enhancement of the immune system
3. Alleviation of some fibromyalgia symptoms
4. Reduction of chronic or acute muscle spasms
5. Treatment for asthma and seasonal allergies
6. Improvement of depression symptoms
7. Treatment of migraine or tension headaches
8. Assist with narcotic withdrawal
9. Assist with recovery from chronic respiratory problems
10. Treatment of sinusitis and bronchitis
11. Supports treatment for cardiovascular diseases
12. Prevention of congestive heart failure
13. Speeding up of recovery for injured athletes
14. Treatment of acute viral colds, flu, illnesses, and infections
15. Assist in the prevention of ischemic vascular disease
The benefits of Myer’s Cocktail IV therapy are not the same for everyone due to the uniqueness of each patient’s conditions and needs. However, the IV vitamins have dramatically improved the health and well-being of many recipients.