Hydrotherapy for Treating Your Aches and Pains
Today there is a body of research to support the use of jetted tubs, warm-water immersion and massaging jets to promote healing and increased sense of well-being. Simply soaking in a warm water jetted hydrotherapy bathtub may provide you many of the benefits of a therapeutic massage. Water and air massage jets may help you soothe aching muscles and relieve stress and tension.
Minor Pain Relief
To reduce tension in the muscles, a water temperature between 94° to 96° F, which is close to the skin temperature, will often produce good results. Many people have reported that a higher water temperature between 102° to 104° F is great for loosening tight, tense muscles and reducing the pain of stress-related conditions such as backache. Using temperature settings above 104°F is not recommended though, as it can raise your core temperature very fast, inducing an artificial fever.
Arthritis Pain Relief
Many people suffer from arthritis of the hands and feet that can make every day living painful. Hydrotherapy can be especially useful to treat the joint pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The painful swelling in the joints that occurs with rheumatoid arthritis has been shown to decrease with hydrotherapy. The warmth of the water is effective on the joints and soft tissues to decrease swelling and improve mobility in those joints.
When you soak in a hot water bath your body temperature begins to rise, causing your blood vessels to dilate, resulting in increased circulation and blood flow. The buoyancy of the water reduces body weight by up to 85%. This relieves pressure on joints and muscles and gives them time to loosen and relax.
Stress Reduction and Headache Relief
Stress can come from so many sources throughout your day and lead to severe muscle and headache pain. Enjoying a soothing bath helps prevent and alleviate stress. Often times a relaxing bath can help get rid of your headache!
Many people suffer from some sort of sleep disorder, in fact, insomnia is one of the biggest reasons people visit the doctor. Even aches and pains can make you feel uncomfortable and even keep you up at night. Soaking in a warm bath before sleeping is a natural way to achieve restful sleep, without the use of sleep aids. By letting your body relax in a hydrotherapy bath before bed, you will sleep deeper and wake up without the side effects of sleep aids.