Hydrotherapy is the use of water in any form internally or externally in order to treat disease and/or maintain health. Scientifically speaking, hydrotherapy stimulates the body’s ability to heal by manipulating temperature and altering the rate of blood flow throughout the body. Recently, using hydrotherapy to raise the core body temperature or the temperature in a localized region of the body (referred to in the medical literature as hyperthermia) has gained popularity in the treatment of disease, but hydrotherapy has been used for centuries to treat a variety of disorders.
Scientifically speaking, hydrotherapy stimulates the body’s own ability to heal by manipulating temperature, which activates the immune system and alters the rate of blood flow throughout the body.
At Focus Integrative Healthcare™, we use hydrotherapy to address a variety of health concerns including:
- acute illnesses like colds and the flu,
- other conditions where modulating the immune system would be beneficial such as autoimmune disorders and various types of cancer;
- conditions where calming the nervous system would be beneficial such as anxiety and insomnia;
- cases of digestive disorders such as chronic indigestion, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis;
- inflammatory conditions such as arthritis;
- conditions where cleansing and detoxification would be of benefit such as Hashimoto’s, PCOS, addiction recovery support, and fertility support;
- and more.
Your doctor may recommend hydrotherapy treatments for you if indicated.
Initial Consultation FAQs
We currently offer steam cabinet treatments as our preferred method of hydrotherapy. Under certain circumstances, we also offer wet sheet wraps and hot fomentations as in-practice treatments at Focus Integrative Healthcare™, as well as fever treatments as in-home treatments (home visit stipulations and fee apply).
We aim to allow the hot and cold applications to come as close to bare skin as possible (as hydrotherapy tends to be most effective when performed on bare skin), while also observing principles of modesty which will minimize exposure of bare skin during your treatment. Females have the option of receiving the majority of hydrotherapy treatments that we provide either on bare skin or wearing a thin sports bra or swim suit top if it makes them feel more comfortable. Males may wear swimming trunks for their hydrotherapy treatments.
You can expect to spend 45 minutes at each steam cabinet session and 60 minutes at each fomentation, fever treatment, or wet sheet wrap treatment.
At Focus Integrative Healthcare™, we are committed to providing each of our patients with exceptional care. If you cancel without giving enough notice, you are preventing another patient from being seen during your scheduled appointment time. In order to ensure that we make the best use of our time and are able to provide the best care to our patients, we require 24 hours notice received during our normal business hours for canceled or rescheduled appointments. If you fail to notify us of a missed appointment 24 hours before your scheduled appointment time, you will be charged a $75 late cancellation fee. If you reschedule your appointment without giving 24 hours advance notice, you will be required to pay the $75 fee before your appointment can be rescheduled.