Back Pain: How Your Hot Tub Might Help

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Every hot tub owner will tell you: they feel better after using their hot tub. For hundreds of years Europeans have used hot water therapy to help various chronic diseases.  In fact, the Romans developed a fabulous hot springs resort in Bath, England around 43 A.D.

In 1995, a study published in the British Journal of Rheumatology reported that hot tub therapy has both short and long-term benefits in treating lower back pain.

Their use of medications such as pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs had decreased.

They measured pain duration, pain intensity, and back flexibility. After six months, significant improvement continued in the hot tub therapy group.  In addition, their use of medications such as pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs had decreased.

A later French study, published in the Journal of Rheumatology by another group of researchers, worked to put actual numbers to the overall benefits of hot water hot tub therapy. After three weeks of consistent hydrotherapy, examinations showed more improvement in the health status of the hot tub group than the control group which used medication only.

After three weeks of consistent hydrotherapy, examinations showed more improvement in the health status of the hot tub group than the control group which used medication only.

The same is true for someone undergoing physical therapy after an injury or surgery. Recovery times may decrease and flexibility improves quicker than medication only.

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