Intern Skills - Hydrotherapy

This week, I'll take a look at another of the skills that Naturopathic Interns need to master prior to graduation: Hydrotherapy treatments that we perform with the patients in our clinic as well as training patients for hydrotherapy they can do at home.

Some of the reasons that people would visit our clinic for hydrotherapy include...

  • Sinus congestion
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Stress
  • Fatigue (common amongst Naturopathic Med Students)
  • Detoxification
  • Female menstrual issues

...just to name a few.

As we sit with each patient, gather the symptom picture, understand all facets of the patient's case, and work toward the center of gravity (or root cause) of the patient's complaint, we work with our clinicians to establish the best treatment strategy for our patients. Sometimes, this treatment plan includes a form of hydrotherapy.

After determining if hydrotherapy is appropriate and beneficial for our patient, we refer the patient to our hydrotherapy shift, which consists of our 7th trimester ND students. This is one of the best aspects of our program here at NUHS. Our students are not only being exposed to the clinic environment, but they are working in clinic under the direct supervision of a clinician as an observer at the halfway point in their education here, getting practical experience outside the classroom. That aside, we refer the patient with treatment plan to the hydro shift where "in office" hydrotherapy treatments such as these are performed.

Photo of Dr. Conner
Dr. Kristina Conner - ND Faculty

  • Naso-simpatico
  • Steam Inhalation
  • Russian Steam
  • Wet Sheet Pack
  • Constitutional Hydrotherapy
  • Sitz Bath
  • Poultices
  • Peat Bath

Finally, the high quality of hydrotherapy care here at NUHS is the direct result of the skill and knowledge shared by Dr. Kristina Conner, who teaches our hydrotherapy classes in the tradition of Father Kneipp and Dr. Henry Lindlahr, both pioneers of naturopathic medicine. Dr. Conner has perhaps the most thorough labs that I have experienced here at NUHS.  We are immediately thrust into treatment in a lab setting, learning the skills that are necessary for accurate diagnosis and application of hydrotherapy treatments. As a result, when we start performing hydrotherapy treatments in the clinic, we are prepared for our patients. Hydrotherapy, a powerful treatment option, is one of the more solid skillsets I will take with me from NUHS.

I will cover more of our naturopathic intern skillsets in the coming weeks. Until then, I'll be by Janse pond.