Beneficial Hydrotherapy from a Fully Qualified Specialist Based in Exeter, Devon

The benefits of colonic hydrotherapy and irrigation are very personal to you. When you visit my treatment room in Exeter, Devon, I always take a full case history before starting the treatment and if there is any doubt, you will be referred to your GP.

What is Colonic Hydrotherapy?

Colonic treatment stimulates bowel activity by using your body's natural nerve and muscular response mechanisms. Essentially, it is a very natural treatment. By using the body's natural nerve and muscular activity, colonic hydrotherapy can help to tone and exercise your bowel and help to evacuate waste both during and after treatment.

Words often used to describe how clients feel after a treatment include:

  • Lighter
  • Slimmer
  • Cleaner
  • Relaxed
  • Relieved
  • Warm
  • Soft

Many people report an improvement in symptoms and generally feel so much better that they choose to have colonic hydrotherapy on a regular basis. Others choose to experience 1 treatment to see what it is like.

Contact me in Exeter,

Devon, to find out more about advantageous colonic hydrotherapy and irrigation.

What is Involved?

You do not need to make any special changes to your diet or lifestyle before a treatment, however many people choose to have a treatment before they start a new health regime.

At your first appointment, I take a full medical case history and explain the procedure and treatment process to you. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions during this time.

A brief rectal examination must be carried out before the speculum is gently introduced 1.5 inches (4cm) into the rectum. An inlet and outlet tube is attached to the outside of the speculum to provide a throughflow of water going in and water and waste going out. The waste is carried away and since the whole system is closed, there is no odour.

After lying on your left side to allow the speculum to be gently inserted, you will then turn onto your back. To help get rid of waste and gas pockets, I may use gentle abdominal massage techniques.

Sometimes herbal infusions are used during a colonic treatment and a probiotic (friendly bacteria) implant may be given afterwards if indicated. Your treatment will always be discussed with you during the session.

How Much Water is Used?

Every treatment is individual, however around 60 litres of filtered water are used per treatment as a guide. Only small amounts of water are allowed to enter the bowel at any one time. The water acts as a stimulant to tell the bowel that it is full, and the bowel muscle responds by contracting and eliminating waste matter and the water. It acts in the same way that your bowel does when it is normally full, and you feel as though you want to go to the toilet.

The water pressure is carefully controlled and lower than is normally generated during a bowel movement. The colonic treatment takes around 30 to 45 minutes on the couch.

Are There Any Circumstances When a Colonic Treatment Cannot Be Performed?

Yes, there are conditions where a colonic treatment would not be undertaken.

These include:

  • Active Infections
  • Active Inflammation (Diverticulitis, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, for Example) 
  • Painful Fissures
  • Painful Haemorrhoids

In such cases, treatment cannot be carried out until they are healed or in remission. Treatments are also not performed during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, and not at all during complicated pregnancies.