Colon Hydrotherapy FAQ
Is colon hydrotherapy the same thing as a colonic?
Yes, colon hydrotherapy and colonic both refer to the same procedure. Colon hydrotherapy was first promoted in the early 1900s by John Harvey Kellogg, M.D. who also founded the cereal company that shares his name. Since then, the procedure has been known by many names including high enema, colon cleansing, colon irrigation and colon therapy.
Who needs colon hydrotherapy?
At Dewald Chiropractic we believe almost everyone can benefit from colon hydrotherapy. When combined with a high-stress lifestyle, a poor diet can lead to problems with proper elimination. Stagnate waste material disrupts the delicate balance of microorganisms in the gut, leading to gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and gastrointestinal pain.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have colon hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy is contraindicated for pregnant or nursing women. People with certain health conditions such as severe hemorrhoids or ulcerative colitis should not receive colon hydrotherapy.
What are the benefits?
Patients report an increase of energy after colon hydrotherapy along with better sleep and improved concentration. The process can relieve chronic constipation, improve the pH balance in the colon, reduce risks for colon cancer and other gastrointestinal disorders and improve the general feeling of well being.
What should I expect during a colon hydrotherapy session?
If it’s your first visit to our office, the therapist will ask you to complete a health history form before the appointment. You’ll be asked to change into a gown and lie on the treatment table. The therapist will leave the room while you do this. The therapist then gently inserts a speculum into the anus which is connected to a hose connected to the hydrotherapy unit. Filtered warm water slowly releases from the hydrotherapy machine and is pushed back out by the patient’s natural contractions along with waste. The therapist may apply light abdominal massage to facilitate the elimination process. When the session is complete, the therapist will remove the speculum and leave the room. The patient will be given time to use the toilet and pass any remaining water or waste.
Is the process sanitary?
We use a closed waste system which means the waste is eliminated cleanly without the need to touch or smell it. New, disposable equipment is used for each client.
How long does the appointment last?
The hydrotherapy session lasts approximately 45 minutes. However, the entire appointment may take up to 85 minutes from start to finish.
Should I do anything special before or after my appointment?
Please refrain from eating or drinking large amounts of fluids at least 2 hours prior to a colon hydrotherapy session. The therapist will provide after-care information and dietary suggestions.
How often do I need colon hydrotherapy?
It may take more than one session to result in a thorough cleanse. Your therapist can better advise you on further sessions after the initial appointment. After the initial cleanse, weekly, monthly or seasonal sessions will be recommended depending on your health, diet and lifestyle.