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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy

The word hydrotherapy refers to any method of helping a medical condition with the use of water. Here are a some of these therapies with a short description of each. This is not meant as advice on how to do it but rather is an introduction to understand your doctor's or practitioner's reasoning in applying these methods. These methods should not be self-administered unless you receive training from a professional and remain under the consultative supervision of that person. For that reason the full instructions are not presented.

Constitutional Hydrotherapy - application of first hot, then cold to the trunk, front and back for the purpose of strengthening the immune system and promoting healing.

Cold Compresses - applied as a cold cloth wrung from ice water and restored by another as it warms for the purpose of forcing blood away from an area to decrease pain as in, for example, the treatment of acute injuries.

Hot Compresses - a cold compress is left in place for a long period of time for the purpose of stimulating a rebound response from the body to increase healing (metabolic) activity in the area of application; thus if the desired response is forthcoming, the cold compress becomes a hot compress.

Cold Friction Rub - a cold application with friction for the purpose of stimulating the immune system; useful in chronic fatigue syndrome, pneumonia, upper respiratory infections, etc.

Contrast Applications - alternating hot and cold applied usually as 3-4 minutes hot followed by 30- 60 seconds cold with the cycle repeated 3-5 times. This can be done with immersion or with hot and cold compresses.

Immersion Baths - all or part of the body is immersed in water for contrast (by alternating hot and cold) or for the effects or hot or cold alone.

Wet Sheet Packs - full body wrap in a cold wet sheet allowing the subject to warm slowly to stimulate, relax and detoxify in succession.

Hot Blanket Packs - applied with a blanket in conjunction with a hot water bottle, or electric heating pad to produce a mild increase in body temperature for the purpose of detoxification

Hot Packs - hot water bottle, or electric heating pad for local hyperthermia to relieve pain or increase local blood flow

Hyperthermia - local or whole body application of any form of heat, whether immersion, sauna, steam, or hot packs for detoxification, immune enhancement, or to destroy heat sensitive bacteria, viruses, or parasites.

Ice Packs - application of ice or gel packs to reduce swelling, pain, inflammation.

Sitz Bath - the pelvis is immersed in hot and/or cold water for specific treatment of the pelvic organs.

Showers and Sprays - alternating hot and cold spray from a hose or shower to stimulate immune function, organ function and the nervous system.

Steam and Sauna - full body application of heat in a humid environment to increase body temperature and cause sweating for the purpose of detoxification through the sweat gland system.

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The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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