Getting into Hot Water: Healthy and Healing

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While it’s a good time getting into a warm tub filled with bubbling water, the health benefits are great. Relaxation of tense muscles and quieting of the mind are only the beginning. Those beautiful bubbles combine with swirling motion to produce pain relief and increase flexibility for arthritis sufferers as well as others who have physical challenges.

Hot water soaking relieves pain and increases blood flow to tissues to speed healing.

Sports medicine has used hot water spas from Olympic training centers to pro football locker rooms. Physical therapy after injuries also use hot water soaks to speed healing and soothe soreness. Athletes and dancers also routinely use hot water after a strenuous workout.

Doctor’s prescriptions for hot tub relief are on the rise as hot tubs are now accepted as therapeutic devices with the warmth helping moving body fluids within the muscles.

Because of the buoyancy you’re not fighting gravity and this eliminates stress on your body.

The massage action improves circulation and also relieves muscle spasms. Moist heat helps with tendonitis because the heat makes collagen more stretchable and increases blood flow to improve healing. There is also no fear of falling while in the warm water.

The following conditions show improvement from hot water therapy, also known as hydrotherapy.

  • Head trauma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Orthopedic problems
  • Arthritis
  • Hemiplegia
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Obesity
  • Hemophilia
  • Spina bifida
  • Sports injuries

Others who are helped by hydrotherapy are multiply handicapped children, developmentally disabled, post-surgical, and respiratory patients.

Besides these benefits, it just plain feels good to be in warm swirling, bubbling water.

What is your hot water story? Feel free to comment below.

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