Recovering from an injury is never fun. But you can make the process more enjoyable, and possibly quicker, by regularly using a hot tub. Long used as a rehabilitation method, hydrotherapy, also known as water immersion, is a natural way to relieve pain and speed the healing process.
How Water Helps
Hydrotherapy is a natural fit for those with an injury because it removes pressure and weight from the body. Depending on a person’s size, anywhere from 75-90% of their body weight is supported in the water. That makes the injury less painful, which in turn, helps the body to relax.
While this is true for any type of injury, it’s particularly beneficial for those with a weight-bearing injury.
How It Relieves Pain
When you’re injured, you may suffer pain in multiple areas. That’s because an injury can cause the rest of your body to compensate for the affected area. If you injured your foot, for instance, you might walk with a limp to keep weight off the injured area. Limping, however, puts extra pressure on your knee and hip and can even affect your back.
Soaking in your hot tub is one of the best ways to relieve sore and tired muscles that are impacted by your injury. The heat of the water also increases blood circulation to the injured area, lessening swelling and inflammation.
While it’s not a cure, pain relief does last past submersion time, making it a natural choice for managing your injury.
How It Heals
Heat and massage are a powerful pair, especially when it comes to an injury. You can sit back, relax and allow the heat to warm your body while the jets provide a soothing, tension-relieving manipulation of your muscles.
As your body temperature climbs, your brain will begin producing endorphins. These “feel good” hormones help relieve pain, while lessening feelings of stress and anxiety.
How It Strengthens
One of the best places to begin therapy is in the water. The buoyancy will protect your joints and limbs from strain, making it the ideal place for stretching or strengthening exercises.
There are two main rules you should always observe: Receive consent from your doctor before beginning and start slowly. Stretch carefully and gradually increase the duration and reach of the exercises.
As your body heals, and with your doctor’s permission, try adding some easy strengthening exercises or basic yoga moves to your time in the water. This can really help to strengthen the injured muscles and get you back on your feet more quickly.
All Seasons Pools and Spas
If you could use some at-home therapy, All Seasons Pools and Spas can help you find the perfect outdoor swim spa. As the spa dealership of choice in the Northern California region, we sell only the best swim spas and hot tubs. Drop-in for a visit at any of our six showrooms to speak to one of our experts or to shop for spa and hot tub accessories.