Drinking plenty of fresh water is one of the most fundamental things required for a healthy life, but did you know that water can also help to keep you healthy in other ways? Hydrotherapy – that is, the treatment of medical conditions using water – can be used to treat a variety of ailments, especially muscular soreness or pain, or diseases like arthritis and other conditions of the joints.
At the most basic level, hydrotherapy can be practiced simply by relaxing in a warm bath at home. Water that is warm – not too hot! – helps to warm the muscles and realign muscle fibers that have become tight, torn or knotted during the course of physical activity or stress.
Special hydrotherapy tubs have been found to be especially helpful to those who suffer from joint related disease such as arthritis, which is the term for a range of inflammatory diseases. Symptoms include: swelling, pain and a decreased range of motion due to the erosion of the smooth cartilage between the bony parts of the joints. The pain and discomfort of arthritis can be alleviated to some extent with anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen, but hydrotherapy has been shown to further decrease pain and even increase a range of motion.
Many hydrotherapy tubs are walk-in models that eliminate the need to step up and over high ledges. They also feature both air and water jets that will circulate water and provide a gentle massage, making them an ideal tool for anyone with muscle or joint problems.
Hydrotherapy also has an important role to play in physical therapy. Being suspended in water creates a feeling of weightlessness, thus performing exercises in water greatly reduces the stress on the joints and muscles that might otherwise be experienced through higher impact exercises. While it might sound counterintuitive, the more you move, the better you will be able to control your arthritis. Hydrotherapy can provide a safe way to relax and exercise.
AmeriGlide proudly manufactures jacuzzi walk in tubs that are perfect for your hydrotherapy needs. For more information on our jacuzzi walk in tubs, contact our mobility experts at 1-800-987-6308.