Hydrotherapy is using water as a form of medical treatment.  The forms of water for treatment can be liquid, ice, vapor, ice, or steam.  Hydrotherapy can be used as a form of therapy, labor pains, headaches, burns, frost bite, skin problems, relaxation, boost immune system, relieve aches and pains. Ice packs, warm compresses, baths, and water vapors are examples of hydrotherapy treatment.

Hydrotherapy is a treatment that goes back to ancient Egypt, Greek, and Persian. Each culture used different forms of hydrotherapy such as public bathing, using essential oils, flowers, spring water, spa water, and hot springs.  Early in the 18th and 19th century brought back hydrotherapy.

Heat, vapor steam, warm, or tepid hydrotherapy is great for relaxation, fever reducers, and minor pain. Creating an herbal bag or using essential and adding to the warm bath can enhance hydrotherapy.  Vapor stem has been noted to treat colds and skin care. Make sure you research the best combinations for your treatment and symptoms.

Cold or ice treatments are used by therapist and rehab centers.  The cold hydrotherapy treatments allow for increased blood flow, slows heart rate, reduces anxiety, regulate body temperature like burns, and cellular breakdown.  The benefits for beauty will assist with increasing shine in hair, weight loss,  and dry nail polish.

Hydrotherapy is a great way to boost your immune system this cold and flu season. It is an easy at home treatment that you can use for the whole family. Whether you are fighting something off or preventing illness, it works very well to increase energy and boost the immune system. The wet sock treatment is one of my favorite treatments that is safe to use at ANY age- infants- elderly. It works by forcing the body to warm the socks by increasing blood flow to the feet.

Wet sock treatment- first get a thin pair of socks wet with cool- cold water, wring them out and put them on your feet. Then get a thicker dry pair of socks and put them over the wet socks. Go to bed and make sure to stay warm. In the morning, the socks should be dry.

If wet socks aren’t for you, try a Wet Tee shirt treatment. It is the same principle.

Another easy way to boost the immune system is a Shower Hydrotherapy treatment- at the end of your shower, run cool water on your body for 30 seconds. Make sure the water isn’t too cold to catch a chill.