Did you know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S. and that nearly 50 million Americans are affected by arthritis, including over a quarter million children?! Although arthritis is very common, it’s still not well understood by many. Arthritis is the pain in your joints and the symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe. Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Regardless of what type of symptoms you are experiencing, arthritis is a very serious concern for anyone afflicted, especially in terms of pain relief from their joints.
In most cases, arthritis and joint pain are treated with over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs, but there may be a more enjoyable and natural way of relieving this pain and a way that doesn’t have any side effects: your hot tub!
There is often no dispute about how many benefits a hot tub can bring to the table when it comes to wellness.
However, what might be surprising is the fact that hydrotherapy can actually provide some much-needed pain relief to those affected by joint pain and arthritis and there is science to back it up!
The science behind immersion in hot water and reduction in joint pain
When you enter a hot tub, your body immediately becomes buoyant. This means your body feels weightless while taking the pressure off your achy joints and muscles. This in itself reduces pain. In fact, water can support up to 90% of your body weight, thus removing 90% of the toll and stress you feel on your joints. The warm water and light massage created by the strategically placed jets also increases blood flow throughout the body which relieves your tight joints and muscles. This helps with muscle or joint pain because the increase of blood flow allows the delivery of oxygen and enzymes to the specific site of an ache. The warmth also helps to loosen your body’s tissues, allowing them to relax as well. The combination of these functions can alleviate pain and provide freedom of movement.
In addition, hydrotherapy jets in a hot tub can be beneficial to loosen your joints and muscles and increase blood flow to these areas. The jets in many hot tubs have been designed to target particular muscle groups and joints in the body and are able to attack head-on the areas that are experiencing the most pain.
Just a 20-minute soak in a hot tub is a natural and effective way to reduce joint pain. This natural pain relief option can be repeated with multiple treatments per day if necessary without any overdose or side effects.Contact Recreation Unlimited at (317) 773-3545 or visit our Noblesville showroom to learn more about the many benefits of hydrotherapy. Let us know what areas you are experiencing the most joint pain, and we can help pick out the perfect tub for you!