I’m linking up this post for Tuesdays On The Run! with Run The Great Wide Somewhere, MCM Mama Runs and My No-Guilt Life, since it relates to alternative medicine for runners.
I over-estimated traffic and arrived at my chiropractor appointment 20 minutes early. (I’ll write more about my chiropractor experience later. For now I will say that the root of my troubles appears to not be my ITB.) The receptionist asked if I would like to try their hydrotherapy bed. Since I’d accidentally left my
right arm iPhone at home and had no other way to kill the time, I readily agreed.
The receptionist explained that the bed is like a massaging waterbed. She set the controls for maximum pressure (bring it!) and told me that it would run for 15 minutes after I hit “start.” The HydroMassage website explains it like this:
With HydroMassage, a powerful wave of water spans the full width of the user’s body providing a powerful, heated massage. Users enjoy total relaxation while remaining comfortable and fully clothed.
This page shows how it works.
It was a very cool experience. It felt like I was relaxing on very strong water jets that rolled up and down the entire length of my body, from my feet to my neck. It felt great on my calves, my glutes, my back, my neck–everywhere!
My session today was complementary, and I didn’t ask how much they usually charge for it, but I’m sure I will treat myself to more sessions once in a while.
Have you ever tried a hydrotherapy bed?
Are there other alternative therapies that you swear by?