Drip hydration therapy, also known as IV hydration therapy, is becoming increasingly common. This therapy, which involves administering a hydrating solution via IV, is generally performed at clinics. You don't usually need a doctor's prescription to partake in the treatment, and it can be really beneficial after an athletic competition, a period of stress, or an illness. Here's what you can expect when you go in for a session.
The treatment should take less than an hour.
IV drip hydration does take a little time. The fluid will have to be dripped into your veins slowly for maximum benefits and safety. The exact time varies by patient and also depends on the volume of the specific IV solution you choose. However, you can almost always count on being done in less than an hour. After your first session, you'll have a better idea of how long IV therapy takes for you, personally.
You'll have your choice of a few solutions.
Most IV clinics offer more than one solution you can choose from. They'll all typically include hydrating liquids with electrolytes. But some may include other vitamins and minerals with various benefits. For example, one solution may contain antioxidant vitamins to help strengthen your immune system. Another may be formulated with extra minerals to help you with athletic recovery. If you are not sure which solution to choose, ask the practitioners at the clinic to recommend one.
You should feel results instantly.
People who come into the IV clinic feeling worn down or dehydrated often wonder how long the treatment will take to have an effect. In most cases, you'll notice a difference instantly. With IV hydration, you don't have to wait for your body to absorb the fluids. They're put directly into your blood vessels. Patients often continue to feel better and better in the days following treatment.
It won't hurt — at least not much.
You may worry that having a needle put into your vein might hurt. But normally, this only causes a brief period of minor, pinching discomfort while the needle is being inserted. The discomfort will pass quickly, and you can sit back and relax through the rest of the treatment.
Now that you have a better idea of what to expect at an IV hydration clinic, you can visit one for a treatment. You'll soon see for yourself why drip hydration therapy is so popular.