Neutral Shower


from Hydrothermic Remedies...


A shower that begins at 38-39°C and drops steadily to 36-34°C.

Physiologic Effects

  1. Sedative
  2. Relaxing


  1. Cleansing
  2. Preparatory to a tub bath or other treatment.
  3. As a sedative in Nervous System Irritability and Insomnia.


  1. When it is desirable to suppress reaction as much as possible, as in acute inflammation.
  2. When acute nervous irritability or excitability exists.


  1. Stool- non-rusting
  2. Shower cap if patient wishes


Important Considerations

  • Rubber mat on floor of shower so patient doesn't slip.

Preparation for Treatment

  • Turn on shower and adjust to proper temperature.
  • Make sure patient's feet are warm before entering shower.
  • Use shower cap if patient wishes.
  • Have stool on hand in case patient becomes faint.
  • Have patient get into shower


  • Time 3 to 5 minutes after reaching neutral temperature
    • 39-36°C, 3 - 4 minutes then
    • 36°C, 3 - 5 minutes

Completion of Treatment

  • Dry quickly without percussion or unnecessary friction


from Dr JH Kellogg's Hydriatic Techniques...

Sedative 33-36°C