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

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Recent Examples on the Web Rooms are outfitted with hydrotherapy tubs, saunas, steam showers, and fireplaces. BostonGlobe.com, "Need some post-pandemic rejuvenation, stat? These spas have you covered," 22 Apr. 2021 As a complement to hiking, canoeing, and other vigorous activities, daily programming focuses on wellness, including yoga, hydrotherapy, and meditation. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, "The 7 Best Hotels in the Catskills and Hudson Valley for a Spring Escape From NYC," 28 Mar. 2021 Other experiences involve cooking demonstrations, culinary workshops, hydrotherapy spa treatments, wellness barn accomodations, and more. Annie Davidson, Forbes, "A Hamptons Culinary Retreat Just In Time For Spring," 25 Feb. 2021 Built in 1916, the bathhouse once offered hydrotherapy and massages. Brittany Anas, Forbes, "Hot Springs National Park Is Turning 100," 1 Mar. 2021 After your treatment, bliss out on the Relaxation Deck, which is wrapped by a natural spring and houses a ludic therapy pool featuring hydrotherapy, cold mist, hydro jets, pressure showers, and waterfalls. Michelle Stansbury, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Punta de Mita, Mexico," 3 Dec. 2020 According to Tim Frandy, assistant professor of Folk Studies at Western Kentucky University, many of those participating in this type of hydrotherapy in Finland are middle-aged and elderly women. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Americans Can Learn From Winter-Loving Cultures," 19 Oct. 2020 Eschewing drugs and surgery, Still gravitated toward the wellness offerings of his era, dabbling in magnetic healing and hydrotherapy, before outlining a philosophy of his own. Eleanor Cummins, The Atlantic, "Trump’s Doctor Comes From a Uniquely American Brand of Medicine," 6 Oct. 2020 Grove and Ledbetter are among hundreds of professionals working in various fields such as waxing, massage, aesthetics, colonics, hydrotherapy and other personal care services in The Woodlands. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Day spas, waxing salons in Woodlands struggle adapting to COVID," 28 Aug. 2020

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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 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hydrotherapy

: the use of water in the treatment of disease or injury


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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