hy·​dro·​ther·​a·​py | \ ˌhī-drə-ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce hydrotherapy (audio) \

Definition of hydrotherapy

: the therapeutic use of water (as in a whirlpool bath) — compare hydropathy

Examples of hydrotherapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The service offerings are vast, but the hydrotherapy experience is a must. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 6 May 2022 The ozone water is used in conjunction with hydrotherapy, or the use of water to treat disease and improve overall health, which takes place in a jacuzzi-like tub. Kirbie Johnson, Allure, 23 Feb. 2022 As treatment for Hobbs' arthritis and hobbling walk, Kathryn started the pooch on hydrotherapy in July 2021 at The Animal Acupuncture and Rehabilitation Center in San Diego, California. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 20 Apr. 2022 Twelve-year-old Lil Hobbs regularly attends hydrotherapy sessions for his health conditions. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 20 Apr. 2022 The couple got massages at the spa (a 100-minute deep tissue massage with CBD oil for complete relaxation), which boasts a vitality pool, a Zen lounge, a hydrotherapy circuit, and 24-hour gym. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 31 Mar. 2022 Attendees will have a chance to tour several bathhouses and resorts, experience hydrotherapy treatments and taste beers brewed with local thermal spring water, according to a news release. Nathan Owens, Arkansas Online, 23 Mar. 2022 Facilities at the 22,000-square-foot spa include a hydrotherapy circuit with whirlpools, plunge pools, saunas and hydro-experience showers, as well as a relaxation lounge with sweeping ocean views. Rona Berg, Devorah Lev-tov, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2022 Renovations will soon add a lounge for both guests and locals, plus a hydrotherapy-focused spa. Heather Greenwood Davis, Travel + Leisure, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hydrotherapy

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Hydrotherapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrotherapy. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for hydrotherapy


hy·​dro·​ther·​a·​py | \ -ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce hydrotherapy (audio) \
plural hydrotherapies

Medical Definition of hydrotherapy

: the therapeutic use of water (as in a whirlpool bath) — compare hydropathy

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