Is Hot Tub Hydrotherapy For You?
For those of us who have had arthritis or any other kind of painful condition. It’s no big secret that soaking in warm water for 15-20 minutes a day is therapeutic and helps to ease the pain. Hot tub hydrotherapy offers numerous medical benefits. Just by sitting in the warm water with the blowing jets it can reduce tension in all parts of your body.
Hot tubs used for hydrotherapy are more than just warm water. They are fitted with jets that sooth and massage aching muscles. They can be strategically placed to concentrate on any specific area that needs relief. For more information and tips on selecting a hot tub for hydrotherapy, see How StuffWorks’ article, Tips for Selecting a Hot Tub.
Reclining in a jet-equipped, molded seat that can concentrate on those areas that need attention will bring you great relief. Whether it’s a strained muscle in your back or your neck sore from sleeping wrong on it during the night, the hot tub can ease those muscles. Just by sitting in the water with its buoyancy effect, removes the gravitational pressure that stays with you when you aren’t submerged in water. At times that lifted pressure that is removed can equal up to 30% of your weight mass or body weight, allowing for more to be done under these conditions. For more information see our previous blog about the Arthritis Foundation hot tub recommendations.
The following are some examples of patients who can benefit from using a hot tub as hydrotherapy treatment such as:
- Burn victims are being treated in burn centers
- Arthritis sufferers can get some exercise while in a hot tub
- Patients who have balance issues can move around with more stability
It’s amazing to think of the way the warm water can relax and has healing properties. The Ancient Egyptians would encourage people back then to bathe in the warm waters and then would enhance the relaxing effects by adding essential oils to the water. During the Roman Empire, it was popular to use the public baths as a social environment rather than solely for hygiene.
If you are looking for a reason to purchase a hot tub for hydrotherapy, consider the money that can be saved by not going to the hospital or needing rehab for exercises if you can treat yourself at home. The benefits of hot tub hydrotherapy far outweigh any cost, because you can’t put a price on being healthy. Not to mention your mental health which will also improve by your relaxed state.
The main point is this, if you’re looking for a hot tub why not get it equipped with hydrotherapy jets so you can experience all the benefits it has to offer?