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Treating Your Arthritis Using Hydrotherapy

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Do you suffer from arthritis, chronic or mild muscle pain? If pain relief is what you seek, spa hydrotherapy could be the answer.

Hydrotherapy is the practice of using water immersion for healing. The Arthritis Foundation has called hydrotherapy one of the most effective ways to treat musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis.

Hydrotherapy is highly therapeutic, especially when combined with the jet massage provided by your spa. Regular massage, whether from a masseuse or your hot tub has been associated with improvements in pain, stiffness, flexibility and overall joint function.

The Pros

Soaking in your hot tub reduces the force of gravity that compresses affected joints. The buoyancy of the water offers complete support to sore limbs, while the heat and massaging action from the jets can help to increase blood circulation to affected areas.

This may likely assist to:

  • Ease muscle spasms
  • Decrease swelling and inflammation
  • Reduce tension and stiffness
  • Ease pain
  • Improve range of motion and flexibility

But wait- there’s more: the benefits of hot tub hydrotherapy last far beyond your actual immersion time. Studies show that people who soak in their spa for 20 minutes a day, can expect to enjoy prolonged pain relief.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL

For optimal results, experts recommend those suffering from arthritis keep the temperature of their hot tub a little more moderate — around 100 degrees. The maximum temperature for anyone is 104 degrees.

STRETCHING

The warm water increases blood flow to stiff joints. This means you’ll have a greater range of motion. A perfect time to do some stretching. Try doing some ankle circles, leg extensions, arm circles, and shoulder rolls. You can also try reaching toward your toes. Once you get out of the spa, while your muscles are still warm, you can do some lunges and side bends as well.

MEDITATION

Rest is frequently recommended as a treatment for chronic pain. There are few things more restful or relaxing than a soak in your hot tub. The warm water and massaging jets can help reduce blood pressure and release endorphins which improves mood. Meditation has been found to be helpful in relieving the pain associated with arthritis. The warm water combined with the calming sounds and gentle massage of the jets relaxes the mind and allows for peaceful meditation.

AROMATHERAPY

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it’s called essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health. There are a number of scents that help ease discomfort. One of the best for arthritis, however, is peppermint. This scent can speed circulation, bringing blood more quickly to sore muscles and joints. Lemon, lemongrass and chamomile are all great options too.  When engaging in hot tub aromatherapy, you should always use spa-friendly products. Using traditional essential oils can disrupt and even damage the water care system in your hot tub.