Health Benefits of a Hot Tub
A physical or occupational therapy patient works long and hard to return to and maintain their health. And, for those who are in a physical therapy program, relaxation afterward can vitally improve results. A hot tub or spa is one of the most relaxing ways to reduce stress and return the patient to a state of equilibrium. Because of this, a hot tub can improve the mobility compromised patient far beyond merely offering a ‘relaxing soak.'
Here are just a few ways a hot tub can improve a patient’s results:
A good night’s sleep
According to physical therapy patients, one of the most unexpected benefits of a hot tub is that it helps them fall asleep, stay asleep, and have a better quality of sleep than they did before, especially if they can use the hot tub right before bed. For those who don’t wish to take pills or sleep aids, this is a chemical-free way to get a good night’s sleep. For those who don’t require sleep aids, a soak in the hot tub before bed makes sleep that much better.
Quicker recovery from physical therapy
Going to physical therapy can leave muscles sore. A hot soak afterward increases circulation and healing. People who might stop going to physical therapy because ‘it’s too hard’ have a way to rejuvenate, which means they’re more likely to return to their therapy routine on a regular basis instead of giving up.
Recovering from injuries
Those with gait and mobility issues can sometimes suffer from minor bumps and bruises while going through their routine. A hot tub can become a go-to for those who need the soothing heat and bubbles to help shake off those little bruises and bangs. The buoyancy and warmth from the water can help muscles relax, easing stiffness and increasing mobility.
Relief from long- and short-term health ailments
A hot tub can provide relief for a variety of aches and pains. The problem can be something as simple as sore feet from shopping. Working with crutches can leave a patient with an aching neck and shoulders. Back pain can plague some patients, especially if they are required to bend and stoop. Even those who are just feeling the effects of their age will benefit. The combination of soothing heat and the flotational nature of a spa is such that it relieves the pressure of gravity on the body’s frame, reducing joint pain. Spa bubbles also massage the muscles, which means the body’s skeletal system and muscle mass both obtain relief.
Healthier lifestyle overall
Aside from the direct benefits of soothing, relaxing soaks, a hot tub user can enjoy the benefits of the ‘reliefs not taken.' He has a healthy alternative to muscle relaxers, painkillers or sleeping pills. He is more likely to keep up his physical therapy, which means he’ll remain healthier, and he’ll enjoy the countless benefits of getting enough quality sleep.
If you are looking for occupational or physical therapy, vestibular rehab, wheelchair training, learning to walk, unweighting, or other services in the Phoenix area, please call Touchstone Rehabilitation at 602-277-1073.