Hot Tubs Relieve Arthritic Pain

097_Relax_Woman_1x1-311x233If you suffer from pain associated with arthritis then you’ve probably tried everything possible to help alleviate that pain. Arthritis can cause extremely painful pinching of nerves and can make it difficult to do something as simple as putting on your clothes. One of the oldest remedies for arthritis is hot water therapy. Even better, is hot tubs!

Here are a few ways hot tubs help relieve arthritis:

  1. The heat increases circulation of blood while loosening the joints and muscles.
  2. The buoyancy of the water helps relieve any pressure associated with body weight and gravity.
  3. The massage of the jets can help loosen and relax muscles that have overcompensated for painful joints.

Without doing much, the hot water and massage of hot tubs can relieve a lot of pressure, pain, and stiffness. Someone who suffers from arthritis can also benefit from hot tubs by trying to increase mobility while in the water. If you need to increase your strength, then try different strengthening exercises  while sitting on the edge of a hot tub seat. You can work your abs, legs, and arms in the water. If you suffer from back pain, then abdominal and core strength is extremely important to relieving pain. Check with your doctor before starting any exercise regimen, and ask what types of simple exercises you could do in the hot tub to strengthen.

Also try to do some stretching in the hot tub. Be gentle with your body because it will naturally be more limber in the warm water. Over stretching can damage the muscles and cause further pain. Again, make sure you consult a doctor before beginning stretching in the hot tub.

Getting in the warm water, using massage, stretching, and strengthening practices multiple times per week can really increase quality of life for people who suffer from arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

If you have any questions or need help with anything hot tub related, feel free to contact us!

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