Can a hot tub help with Chronic Pain?
We are certainly not into making medical claims, but it is a known fact that many of our customers will purchase a hot tub to help them reduce chronic pain. You may have arthritis, spine or disc problems or just work in an environment where you have constant muscle ache.
The Arthritis Foundation has said, If you have a chronic condition like fibromyalgia, arthritis, or lower back pain, try heating things up. Soaking in warm water or applying a heated compress is one of the oldest, cheapest, and safest forms of complementary therapy. Research has shown that heat treatments can loosen stiff joints and relieve achy muscles.
Here is how it works. When you warm up a sore joint or tired muscle, your blood vessels get bigger. This allows more blood, oxygen, and nutrients to be delivered to the injured tissues. Better circulation means more relaxation for those stiff muscles and joints.
Soaking in a hot tub can help to improve flexibility and increase blood flow to the body’s extremities. This makes it much easier for the heart to pump blood to deliver the results. How may you ask?
The heated water of a hot tub will relax your muscles. When this happens, it improves the blood flow to the body, which allows oxygen and other nutrients to circulate around your body faster, banishing the painful effects of lactic acid or aching muscles and eases the pain in your joints. Hot tubs have specially designed adjustable warm water jets which will deliver deep tissue hydro-massage to specific points of the body’s muscle-skeletal system.
Our Wellis brand takes Wellness therapy very seriously. They constantly research and design technologies that work together in synergy to further enhance the benefits of Hydrotherapy through their products. PULSAR programmable massage is just one example of focusing technology to provide hydrotherapy exactly tailored to everyone’s needs. Pulsar is the exclusive Wellis programmable massage system that lets you choose from up to 9 different massage therapies.
Not only will a session in a hot tub help to reduce pain, it should also give you a really good night’s sleep. Basically, when you leave the hot tub this will trigger a drop in body temperature which releases sleep-inducing endorphin’s and leads to a better night sleep.
The NHS will sometimes refer people to hydrotherapy as this will support the treatment to reduce pain. The main reason for a hydrotherapy pool is to help with the patients exercise routine.
A swimspa is a perfect solution to exercise and have the benefit of the heated water.
Before making any attempts at pain relief, a proper diagnosis should be made by a healthcare professional if you haven’t already done this!
The two types of pain
Chronic pain is what we have been discussing. This is where the pain is generally constant because of your health. Chronic pain is ongoing and usually lasts longer than six months. The pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or even years. Chronic pain is linked to conditions including headaches, arthritis, cancer, nerve pain, back pain and fibromyalgia.
Acute pain usually comes on suddenly and is caused by something specific like surgery, broken bones or a sporting injury. Acute pain usually does not last longer than six months. A hot tub is still ideal to help with the reduction of acute pain, but other treatments will help with the rehabilitation process. Seeing a physio or osteopath is often advised but another excellent route would be sports therapy.
The definition of sports therapy is ‘an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.’
If you are looking for Sports Therapy in Norwich, visit Rob at Focus 4 Fitness, who have helped many people with their recovery programme.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading our blog. If you would like to find out more why how a hot tub or swimspa can help with pain relief, give us a call on 01603 860660 or visit our showroom.