Hydrotherapist

Administer water therapies like underwater massage or warm soaks.
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Salary Range
$29,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hydrotherapists do?

Be it a lake, an ocean, or a stream, water’s hold over people has been well documented in epic novels and Jimmy Buffett songs alike. As a Hydrotherapist, you know all too well the powerful connection man has with water. And because of this knowledge, you’re able to use water to alleviate your patients’ various illnesses and pains.

Like an Auriculotherapist, the work of a Hydrotherapist falls under the category of alternative medicine. Used in ancient times to cure diseases, this type of therapy is employed today more often for comfort than actual healing. An example of hydrotherapy is water massage, which is applied to those recovering from an injury or undergoing rehabilitation after surgery. The massage is done either with the hands while in the water with a patient, or in a hands-free manner with bubbles and water pressure.

Hydrotherapy is occasionally done on the recommendation of a Physical Therapist. You might work with an injured Athlete or surgery patient who is not able to return to their regular exercise routine, but needs some form of muscle strengthening. For these patients, your work begins after they finish with the Physical Therapist. You create an exercise plan that complements and continues the work they began, such as set weight exercises or laps in a pool.

Another way for you to use hydrotherapy to benefit your clients is by using different temperatures. Warm or hot water, especially coupled with different pressures, is often used to help patients with arthritis, stiff backs, or poor blood circulation.

Hydrotherapy is also often connected with colon care, and there are many Hydrotherapists who specialize in performing colon hydrotherapy.


Should I be a Hydrotherapist?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Hydrotherapist

    We recommend at least a Bachelor's degree. Check out these schools offering Hydrotherapist-related education!
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