Hot tub hydrotherapy for arthritis

Posted by Nick Clamp in Buying on 23rd December 2021

More than 10 million people have arthritis or similar conditions that affect the joints in the UK today.

Soaking in a hot tub can provide arthritis sufferers with much-needed relief from muscle tension, stiff joints, and even severe pain.

If you or a loved one suffers with joint swelling and pain of any kind – not just osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis – then a daily soak in a home spa could be just what the doctor ordered.

Here’s a quick rundown of the many benefits hot tubs can bring to those unfortunate enough to suffer from arthritis.

How does a hot tub ease arthritis symptoms?

Hot tub hydrotherapy is a common arthritis treatment that – unlike common prescription medication that’s used for the condition – doesn’t have any negative side effects.

Oh, and soaking in a home spa getting a gentle massage from the pulsating jets isn’t the worst way to spend your time, either.

Here’s exactly how a hot tub can help you manage the symptoms of arthritis.

Hydrotherapy & heat therapy

Photo © AquaVia

If you or one of your nearest and dearest suffers from arthritis, you’ll be glad to hear that relaxing in a hot tub has been scientifically proven to relieve arthritic joint pain.

The reason being is that it’s an accessible and very enjoyable form of hot water therapy (also known as hydrotherapy or heat therapy). In study after study, hot water therapy has proven to be an effective arthritis treatment. In fact, it’s recommended by both Arthritis Research UK and the Arthritis Foundation.

While your home spa won’t cure your arthritis, in a study of the effects of hydrotherapy on people with severe arthritis, soaking in hot water was shown to provide more effective pain relief than drug therapy. Another study revealed that hot water therapy reduced pain and stiffness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

After effective and reliable relief from arthritic joint pain without any side effects? Get a hot tub to enjoy the pain-relieving benefits of hot water therapy every day.

Water buoyancy

Photo © Caldera

It can be hard to keep up any kind of exercise routine when you suffer from arthritis since the condition affects your mobility so badly – not to mention makes it painful to move.

But in a hot tub, your bodyweight is reduced by about 90 per cent by the buoyancy of the water, making you feel weightless. This helps relieve pressure on your whole body and alleviate joint stiffness, making it the perfect place for those that suffer from arthritis to perform some gentle stretches.

This will not only help loosen stiff joints and relieve pain, but also improve your circulation – and your overall health.

Therapeutic massage jets

Photo © Villeroy & Boch

A hot tub’s carefully placed jets will stimulate your muscles and target your pressure points, sending endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller – surging through your body. Combined with the heat of the water, this will provide effective relief from the chronic pain that plagues anyone unfortunate enough to suffer from arthritis.

The good news is that a hot tub’s warm water and pulsating massage jets will improve your circulation, soothing your swelling joints and improving your mobility for hours after you’ve hopped out of your hot tub.

Watch physiotherapist Dr Esther Fox discuss the benefits of hot tub hydrotherapy for arthritis sufferers

View our latest Meet the Expert interview with physiotherapist Dr Esther Fox about the benefits that hot tub hydrotherapy can provide for people suffering from arthritis pain.

To make sure you get the right hot tub for you, pick up your free copy of the latest edition of WhatSpa? magazine for our shortlist of best buys on the market today.

About the author

Nick Clamp

I am the Editor-in-Chief at WhatSpa? Media Group and my job is to keep you informed about the very latest hot tubs on the UK market... the best job in the world! When I'm not being deluged with press releases and hot tub brochures I enjoy keeping fit and participating in endurance events including triathlons and distance running.

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