According to the CDC, as many as 58.5 million people, or 1 in 4 Americans, suffer from arthritis. If you are included in this number, you are no doubt aware of the chronic pain and discomfort associated with arthritis. One of the best remedies for alleviating arthritis pain is regular hydrotherapy in a hot tub. Let’s explain more about hydrotherapy and how it can help ease the symptoms of arthritis.
What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is the use of warm water in combination with water movement, such as powerful hot tub jets, to address aches and pains, including those caused by arthritis.
It is one of the world’s oldest and most effective forms of pain management. In fact, hydrotherapy dates back to ancient times, with historical evidence of warm water bathing in ancient Greece, Egypt, and Japanese cultures.
Throughout the centuries, people have sought the use of hot water for unique pain relief, even soaking in natural mineral-laden hot springs, considered by many as a forerunner to the modern hot tub.
Now in the 21st century, doctors and physical therapists recommended hydrotherapy in a hot tub as a healthy, effective way of relieving aches and pains in the joints caused by arthritis.
How Does Hydrotherapy Help with Arthritis Pain?
Soaking in the warm waters of your hot tub causes circulation throughout the body to increase. As it does, it sends a surplus of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the joints and other arthritis-affected areas. The warmth along with massaging hot tub jets can also help by relaxing the muscles surrounding affected joints.
In addition, the buoyancy of water creates a low-impact setting to relax which can help alleviate joint pains. For these reasons, regular time spent soaking in a spa can minimize pain, increase your flexibility and range of motion, and increase your comfort in completing day-to-day tasks.
How Do I Use My Hot Tub for Arthritis Relief?
For Soothing Relaxation
Hardly any effort is necessary to receive the benefits of a hot tub. Simply step into the warm waters and relax for the next 20 to 30 minutes while the water does the work. Turn on the hot tub jets to massage your body and increase the aid where it’s needed most. For an extra boost and a little us-time, have your partner give you a massage while you both soak in the hot tub.
Some of the best times to soak in your hot tub include after first waking up to loosen stiff joints, after an activity or exercise that could cause increased joint pain, or 60 to 90 minutes before bed to aid in sleep.
For Low Impact Exercise
In addition to a relaxing soak, you can also help alleviate arthritis pain by completing low-impact exercises in your hot tub. You can complete stretching exercises, lower body movements you may not be able to complete on dry land, and even upper body routines using aquatic dumbbells.
Completing these exercises in your hot tub is not only good for your overall health and wellness, but it can also increase your pain-free movement throughout the day.
The combination of heat, gentle massage, and low-impact exercises in a hot tub can bring much relief to arthritis sufferers. Minimize arthritic pain and reclaim your life with the help of a hot tub Contact Texas Hot Tub Company to stop your suffering and order your hot tub today.
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*Updated on 2-17-2023