Health & Wellness

Alternating Hot & Cold Showers: how hydrotherapy can improve your overall health.


This is much easier said than done and trust me it takes some warming up (literally) to actually commit to doing alternating hot & cold showers. I learned about this almost a year ago and have just begun actually doing these showers occasionally/trying to work them into my daily routine. As much as I’d love to say I practice what I preach, with this one it’s taken a bit longer to get into the habit of doing. However, since I started 2 weeks ago I’ve already seen astonishing results. For me, being someone who has poor circulation & is always cold, this is a no-brainer!

What is it?

Alternating hot & cold showers are beneficial to your body in many ways by increasing blood flow from one area of your body to another. The heat will bring your blood vessels to the skin, supplying the area with oxygen and nutrients to promote healing. The cold diverts the blood vessels away from the skin towards your heart, kidneys, and liver.

What does it treat?

  • Poor circulation
  • Reduced blood flow
  • Low energy
  • Ulcers
  • Common cold
  • Swelling/edema
  • Bruises/trauma
  • Arthritis

& many more…ask your ND!


This hydrotherapy treatment is as straight forward as the name states. Step into the shower and get wet with a water temperature that is comfortable, while slowly increasing the temperature to a point where it is almost unbearable. This stage should occur for approximately two minutes. The water temperature should then be changed to the coldest bearable setting for approximately 30 seconds. Repeat this alternation between hot and cold a minimum of three times. The greater the contrast between hot and cold, the greater the benefits.

Check with your ND/MD first if you have any of the following:

  • Heart disease/Cardiovascular disease
  • Hemorrhage/ bleeding
  • Diabetes/diabetic vascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Loss of Sensation/ feeling


Not only have I found hydrotherapy to be extremely invigorating in the morning when I wake up but also great to do after a tough workout. It’s SO important to ensure sufficient blood flow during post-workout recovery by improving circulation to the muscles to relieve soreness.

Let me know if you have any questions/comments/stories to share about your experience!