Hydrotherapy is the application of water in any form, either externally or
internally, in the treatment of disease and the maintenance of health.
Hydrotherapy utilizes the manipulation of blood circulation throughout the body
to maximize the life-giving properties of blood.
Indications for Hydrotherapy
- Digestive tract problems
- Crohn's disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
- Chronic asthma
- Infectious diseases such as colds and flues
- Environmental hypersensitivities
- Varicose veins
- Poor circulation
- Raynaud's disease
Whether preformed by a naturopathic physician or physical therapist, hydrotherapy is a valuable enhancement to
health and well-being.
Benefits of Hydrotherapy
- Gives a sense of well-being
- Decreases stress
- Decreases swelling and edema
- Decreases aches and pains
- Speeds up healing time after injury or surgery
- Increases relaxation
- Increases circulation
- Increases cellular detoxification
Brief History of Hydrotherapy
Modern hydrotherapy starts with an Englishman, John Floyer, who wrote; The
History of Hot and Cold Bathing in 1697. This book was later
translated into German in 1749 and used by Johann S. Hahn.
Hydrotherapy was further popularized by Vincent Priessnitz who
achieved spectacular success with water treatments starting in 1816.
People came from around the world to experience and learn water cures
One of Priessnitz's students, J. H. Rausse (1805-1848) wrote The
Water Cure Applied to Every Known Disease. Seven decades
later, Father Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897), like Priessnitz, also
rose to international prominence with his water cures.
Kellogg (1852-1943) brought water cures to the United States. He
ran a famous sanatorium in Michigan where he used a wide variety of
water treatments. His monumental work, Rational Hydrotherapy,
first published in 1901 remains the definitive textbook on hydrotherapy
Two students of Kneipp, Benedict Lust (1872-1943)
and Henry Lindlahr (1852-1925), also brought hydrotherapy to the United
States. Lust founded the American Naturopathic Association in 1896
and published many natural health journals. Lindlahr wrote
Nature Cure in 1913. Both these men are considered
fathers of naturopathic medicine and promoters of naturopathic
Dr. O. G. Carroll (1879-1962) learned about hydrotherapy
from Kellogg, Lust, and Lindlahar. He established his sanitarium
in Spokane, Washington in 1917. He was the busiest health
practitioner of any persuasion in the U.S. in the 30's and 40's.
His practice centered around constitutional hydrotherapy treatments,
which he perfected in 1923.
Dr. Carroll's work is now being taught in
several naturopathic schools, which is where I learned about this
For hydrotherapy treatment
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