This page has been medically reviewed by Dr. Sonali Lal, Medical Director at Integrative Spine & Sports in NYC.
What is IV hydration therapy?
IV hydration therapy (or intravenous therapy) is a simple type of therapy that involves the injection of fluids directly into the patient’s bloodstream.
The therapy is minimally invasive and only requires the insertion of a small IV into the patient’s arm. Benefits of IV hydration therapy may include detoxification, health maintenance, and even weight management.
Types of fluids used
In IV hydration therapy, the patient may choose from several types of fluids depending on their personal needs. The fluid infused may include vitamins, electrolytes, antioxidants, and sometimes even medication.
At Integrative Spine & Sports in New York City, we offer:
- Myers’ Cocktail
- Vitamin B-12
The Myers’ Cocktail is designed to combat illness, fight fatigue, and help you feel better instantly by delivering critical vitamins, elements, and fluids into your bloodstream.
While most people know it as a remedy for treating hangovers, the Myers’ Cocktail is also often used to treat a range of conditions, including asthma, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
A Myers’ Cocktail consists of B vitamins, vitamin C, amino acids, and a variety of essential nutrients. It is the most efficient way to hydrate and deliver critical nutrients into the body, taking only 30 minutes to administer but taking effect almost instantly.
Widely recognized as a vital component of overall vitality and health, Vitamin B-12 can also be infused intravenously to accelerate the metabolism and reduce overall fatigue.
B-12 comes with benefits, such as suppressing the appetite for healthy weight loss, building healthy red blood cells, stimulating the metabolism, as well as helping the body break down alcohol.
And while Vitamin B-12 does occur naturally in many foods, such as meat, fish, and dairy products, there are no plant sources of this vital nutrient. As a result, some people, especially vegans, fall victim to Vitamin B-12 deficiency.
To stay healthy, B-12 deficient patients may take supplements in the form of pills or intramuscular shots. Compared to IV infusions, shots and pills are absorbed much slower by the human body. B-12 infusions work immediately, which makes it a viable option for B-12 deficient patients with busy schedules.
Known as the “mother of all antioxidants”, Glutathione is an amino acid chain that has proven to be an effective treatment for chronic fatigue, autoimmune disorders, liver disease and more, leading to improved overall health, detoxification and longevity.
Glutathione is often called a master detoxifier for its incredible ability to promote skin health, body function, overall mood, and well-being. It is produced naturally in every cell of the human body.
It can, however, diminish over time due to poor diet, stress, toxins or simply the natural aging process. Having lower levels of it can deplete the immune system and overload the liver, making it difficult to ward off disease.
By getting a glutathione infusion, you can receive the full benefits of glutathione immediately and with a guarantee of adequate absorption.
How does IV hydration therapy work?
In order to function, the human body needs adequate hydration. Normally, we drink water, sports drinks, or eat fruits and veggies to get this hydration. The issue with this method of hydration, however, is the slow absorption rate. fluids have to go through the digestive tract where adequate absorption is not a guarantee.
With intravenous therapy, the fluids are delivered directly to the bloodstream, where it can reach the brain, heart, lungs, and muscle tissue immediately, rapidly replenishes fluids in a way that drinking fluids can’t.
Why get IV hydration therapy?
Many people also seek IV hydration therapy to treat migraines and hangovers. Others find it useful for athletic recovery, relaxation, as well as rehydrating after a long flight or a vigorous workout. It is also a fantastic way to supplement a deficiency if you’re feeling weak or tired and need an instant boost.
Who should get IV hydration therapy?
IV hydration therapy is an ideal treatment for people who are:
- Affected by a hangover or migraine
- Physically exhausted due to a vigorous workout
Where can I try IV hydration therapy?
Patients with moderate to severe soft tissue conditions or injuries can ask about IV hydration therapy at a clinic that offers it near them.
Here in New York City, at our offices in the Upper West Side and on Madison Ave, we treat our patients with IV hydration therapy on a daily basis.
How we can help
If all you need is IV hydration therapy, we can certainly help with that. But if you currently experience a condition such as chronic pain, we can help with that too.
As an integrative rehab and therapy facility specializing in sports medicine and spine rehabilitation, we can recommend the safest, most practical nonsurgical solution for your condition so you can feel pain-free and move better.
Our goal is to educate each patient while implementing a functional, finite treatment plan. A comprehensive approach to therapy — combining proper diagnosis, treatment and education — is the key to helping you stay healthy.
Sports medicine & pain management
By diagnosing the source of your injury or condition, we can pinpoint and help you correct the habits that may be causing you pain. By utilizing traditional and advanced chiropractic techniques, possibly supplemented by additional sports medicine treatments, we can help heal the pain caused by those habits. And by educating you on ways to change those habits, we can help you prevent future injury or a recurrence of pain.
As needed, we might also prescribe physical therapy and other treatment options to help you heal from injury and restore damaged muscle strength and joint function. Rehabilitation generally includes therapeutic exercises to strengthen and improve range of motion, and may include additional treatments such as electrical muscle stimulation or biopuncture.
Our sports therapists and chiropractors utilize a variety of non-invasive, non-surgical procedures designed to correct vertebral misalignment, eliminate debilitating scar tissue, and reduce pain and discomfort. In addition to traditional chiropractic adjustments, we offer specialized treatments such as Active Release Technique (ART), Spinal Decompression, and the Graston Technique.
Get in touch with us
At Integrative Spine & Sports, we use IV hydration therapy as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for helping our patients heal from injury and are dedicated to integrating the latest advances in sports medicine and spine research with solid, traditional chiropractic techniques that have been scientifically proven to work.
Get started on the road to recovery by messaging us here or by giving us a call at 212-362-4742.
IV Hydration Therapy FAQs
How often should you get IV hydration therapy?
For people with vitamin deficiencies, a reasonable frequency for getting IV hydration therapy is anywhere from once or twice a week to once every 2 weeks. For people getting the therapy for other reasons, such as a migraine, hangover, or dehydration, a reasonable frequency can be anywhere from once a month or once every few months. However, for people using IV hydration therapy to treat a specific condition, follow a schedule as per your doctor’s advice.
How long does an IV hydration therapy session usually last?
IV hydration therapy sessions often take about 30 to 45 minutes.
Is IV hydration therapy safe?
Yes, IV hydration therapy is safe. Some patients may experience discomfort during the insertion of the IV needle, but that is part of the process. IV hydration is safe enough to be administered in the comfort of your own home, in a clinic, or even at a music festival. Just make sure to follow the advice of a licensed medical professional.
How should I prepare for IV hydration therapy?
Prior to getting IV hydration therapy, it’s important to drink a few glasses of water, eat a protein-rich snack, and relax. Your body will respond much better to the treatment if you do these things prior to the treatment. Also remember to bring a book or music so you can relax during the 30 to 45 minutes of treatment.
What do I do after an IV hydration therapy session?
After the treatment, you should feel much better. In about 2 to 4 hours, you will start reaping the full benefits of the treatment. Shower or bathe as you normally would, but be careful of exposing the injection site to any rough contact. If any bruising or swelling occurs around the injection site, put a cold pack to accelerate the healing process.