Suffering from Chronic Back Pain? Soak in a Hot Tub For Relief.
18 Sep Suffering from Chronic Back Pain? Soak in a Hot Tub For Relief.
Spas and Hot Tubs for Back & Joint Relief
From Hot Tub Works
Back pain is a very serious issue for Americans. Caused by a variety of aliments, pain in the back region can be a disabling affect, and has the ability to curtail both work and play activities indefinitely. While there are myriad treatments that claim to provide relief for this ubiquitious scourge, the majority of patients ultimately resort to risky surgery or potentially addictive pain killers. According to a 1938 study by the New England Journal of Medicine, says this post from Hot Tub Works, “No therapy has been shown to be more consistently effective at treating chronic arthritis, as is physical medicine, including hydrotherapy”. While hot tubs will not relieve all of the symptoms necessarily, and won’t work for everyone, it is an accepted practice providing real relief for countless sufferers of back pain.
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Chronic back pain is an extremely disabling condition, affecting millions of Americans. Persistent pain can be managed with pills, but for many, it’s the hot tub that brings steady relief.
Back pain can be caused by vertebrae misalignment, or from compression on the nerves that pass through the spine. Warm water therapy has been shown to be useful (American Journal of Medicine) for those recovering from back or spine trauma. Range of motion exercises in the hot water can increase one’s flexibility in the affected region.
Although hot water soaks are great for backs, experts generally agree that for first aid treatment to back injuries, one should start with ice or cold compresses. After some stabilization of the area, alternating treatments of hot water soaking and cold compresses can be used. Weeks or months after an injury, hot tub therapy can continue to bring back pain relief and speed healing of the area.
As early as 1938, the New England Journal of Medicine stated “No therapy has been shown to be more consistently effective at treating chronic arthritis, as is physical medicine, including hydrotherapy”.
Arthritis can be of two types, rheumatoid or osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is when the body’s defenses are weak, affecting joints and bones. Osteo-Arthritis is a more common type of arthritis, affecting joints and bones that had suffered previous injury. Another very painful type of arthritis is Gout, when crystals develop between and around the joints. The swelling and pain can be excruciating.
Fortunately, there is relief in hot water. The temperature of the water helps to increase blood flow, and reduce swelling, while numbing pain receptors. Constricted muscles slowly expand as the skin absorbs the moisture deep into the body. Toxins are drawn off, and one can finally relax.
Hot tubs aren’t a panacea for pain management, but they do provide real relief, and are an accepted treatment for back pain, arthritis, and many other ailments.
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