At the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic (RSNC), we have a number of hydrotherapy treatments available to accommodate our own patients as well as referrals from external Naturopathic Doctors. In addition to several rooms equipped for constitutional hydrotherapy, we also have a hydrotherapy suite which includes 2 personal infrared sauna rooms including showers and 2 personal peat bath rooms.

Please note that in order to book an appointment, you need a referral from either your practioners at the RSNC or a regulated naturopathic doctor who has completed the external referral form.

General Info
Hydrotherapy (peat baths, infrared saunas and constitutional hydrotherapy) can be highly beneficial for you. However, certain conditions will require your treatment to be tailored. Speak to your health-care provider if you have any of the following:
  • Pregnancy or are planning for pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed
  • Allergies to materials used
  • Heart or lung conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Fear of confined spaces
  • Have just performed intense exercise
  • Have just consumed alcohol and/or drugs
  • Have just eaten or have not consumed a meal in the last 4-6 hours
  • Neuropathy
  • High fever
  • Acute headache
  • Surgical implants
  • Seizure disorders
Constitutional Hydrotherapy (Top)
Constitutional hydrotherapy is using varied temperatures of water to stimulate the body. It most commonly involves cycles of an extended application of heat, followed by a brief application of cold to the chest and the back
  How does it work?
Alternating hot and cold temperatures cause the superficial blood vessels to dilate and constrict. This creates a “pumping” action which can alter blood circulation, stimulate the immune system, decrease pain and inflammation and increase elimination of released toxins.

Hydrotherapy may be beneficial for a number of conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, certain skin conditions, poor circulation, common cold and/or flu, general immune stimulation, etc.

Treatments are typically once a week for six weeks but your health-care provider may suggest different treatment schedules depending on your health condition

What to expect
Your appointment will take place in one of the RSNC’s treatment rooms. Rooms equipped for hydrotherapy will have sinks to facilitate applications of hot and cold. Patients will be receiving a hot towel application to their chest (5-10 minutes depending on their comfort level) followed by a cold towel application to their chest (10-15 minutes depending on how long it takes for towel to warm up). This treatment is repeated on the back. As towels are applied directly onto your skin, you will not need to bring any special attire. Your intern may also choose to use a sine wave machine. This machine stimulates muscle contraction, thereby increasing metabolism and circulation. It can also provide nerve stimulation to abdominal organs.
Infrared Sauna (Top)
Infrared saunas use heaters to give off heat in the form of infrared rays. These are absorbed directly into the human body, unlike most traditional saunas which heat the body indirectly using air or steam.
  How does it work?
This method of heat delivery will heat the body up to a depth of 4.5 cm of underlying tissue. A moderate increase in temperature is immune stimulating and anti-inflammatory. The delivered heat will also stimulate metabolism and circulation, help to relax muscle and connective tissue as well as sedate nerve endings, therefore reducing pain.

Infrared saune may be beneficial for a number of conditions, including detoxification, common colds and/or flu, chronic pain, chronic skin conditions, chronic fatigue, mild depression, etc.

Treatment schedules vary depending on the condition and can last from 3 weeks to 3 months

What to expect
Your appointment will take place in one of the RSNC’s sauna rooms within our hydrotherapy suite. Each private room is equipped with an infrared sauna and a shower stall. In addition to your intern, a secondary intern will also be present during this appointment as heat can leave some patients feeling light headed. Patients will be alternating time in the sauna (5-15 minutes depending on their comfort level) and in the shower (30 seconds).

Please bring your bathing suit as you will likely experience moderate to heavy perspiring. Also bring water or a water container to replenish lost fluids.
Peat Baths (Top)
Peat is formed from organic materials and extracted from specific bogs around the world. It is high in vitamins, minerals and other substances, all of which have high biological activity.
  Why does it work?
Micropores inside the structure of peat allow high efficiency temperature retention. This means it has the ability to keep the water at a consistently warm temperature. The increased heat along with the peat content allows for anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and antioxidant effects. It can also reduce pain, elevate protein synthesis and increase circulation.

Peat may be beneficial for many conditions, including musculoskeletal conditions, skin conditions, gynecological conditions, benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH) / prostatitis, viral infections, immune stimulation, chronic headaches, insomnia, stress relief, etc.

Treatment schedules vary but patients typically see long-lasting effects after 6 treatments.

What to expect
Your appointment will take place in one of the RSNC’s peat bath rooms within our hydrotherapy suite. Each private room is equipped with a large metal bathtub which is filled with hot water and the peat. In addition to your intern, a secondary intern will also be present during this appointment as heat can leave some patients feeling light headed. Patients will be in the tub for approximately 15-20 minutes depending on their comfort level. Once out of the peat bath, you will be wrapped in a blanket and will remain in the hydro room laying down for 20-30 minutes.

Please bring your bathing suit as the more skin is exposed to the peat, the greater the benefit. Also bring water or a water container as you will likely be sweating during the treatment.

Additional Information
Appointments for peat baths will have an additional $20 charge for the cost of peat in addition to the regular patient visit fee you pay.
Information for Naturopathic Doctors who wish to refer their patients for hydrotherapy treatments
External naturopathic doctors who feel that their patients may benefit from hydrotherapy treatment may refer their patients to the RSNC for a series of visits. Prior to booking any appointment, a completed Hydrotherapy Referral Form for External Naturopathic Doctors must be received and reviewed by the Chief Naturopathic Medical Officer of the RSNC. Once this has been reviewed, our reception staff will contact your patient to schedule their visits.

As with all patients at the RSNC, a team based approach is used with a 4th year intern attending to your patient under the supervision of a regulated naturopathic doctor.