Hot tub health benefits: Do hot tub help arthritis?

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Do hot tubs help to relieve arthritis pain?

For many, hot tubs are seen as a luxury. A crowning feature in your garden. Something to smugly tell you friends and neighbours about about. 

But let’s not forget, primarily, hot tubs were developed for therapeutic benefits. By manipulating the water temperature and pressure, hot tubs have many benefits. Including muscle relaxation and alleviation of pain in chronic ailments.

One of the ailments that it is thought hot tubs can be beneficial for is arthritis. 

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What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic condition which can cause extreme pain to its sufferers. It causes inflammation in the joints and can affect one or multiple joints. It causes joint pain, stiffness and swelling of the affected areas. 

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, but two of the most common are:

1. Osteoporosis (OA)

2. Rumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Arthritis is commonly caused by age as the connective tissue between the joints breaks down. 

But injury, infection of auto-immune disorders can also cause it, therefore it can occur at any age. 

 

How does hot tub hydrotherapy help Arthritis?

If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, the main goal is to reduce the pain experienced and prevent any further damage. There are a combination of treatments available including surgery, medication and lifestyle changes. 

Exercise is recommended to increase joint flexibility. However, as movement can be painful, this can be difficult. This is where hot tub can help.

Hot tubs and hydrotherapy are widely prescribed for treatment of arthritis. Although the method in which hydrotherapy improves and alleviates pain is unknown. The use of hydrotherapy in the treatment of arthritis has been both anecdotally and scientifically supported

Hot tubs help to increase movement and minimise pain. They do this as:

  1. The warm water allows you muscles to relax, easing the pressure on joints and reducing the pain of movement.
  2. The water supports your weight, which relieves pressure on joints and increases the range of movement possible.
  3. Water can provide resistance for exercise, which can help improve muscle strength.
  4. The jets can simulates massage, easing the muscle and increasing flexibility even after you get out.
 

Should you exercise in a hot tub to relive arthritis pain?

A Hot Tub is the ideal place to get moving. 

The warm water stimulates the blood flow and heats up the muscles. And the water supports your weight, reducing joint pressure. This makes it the ideal place to do your daily stretches to improve flexibility and muscle strength. 

If you can’t move too much, the Hot Tub jets will simulate the effects of massage without movement on your part.

 

In summary

Hot tubs have amazing health benefits, both physical and mental for everyone. They were originally developed for therapeutic benefits. And these can be particularly useful for those who suffer from arthritis. 

Hydrotherapy can help alleviate pain by improving joint flexibility, easing pressure on joints, and providing a weight and pain free environment to move and improve muscle strength.

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Debbie Ekins
Debbie Ekins
Eagle Leisure - Sales & Marketing Manager Mission = to arm you with the knowledge you need to make the best buying decisions. Fuelled by coffee (and naps). Explorer of Scotland and the world.
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