Many physicians recommend some type of hot tub related physical therapy, to their patients who are suffering from a wide variety of ailments and injuries.
This type of therapy is not new, by any means. Ancient cultures such as Greece, Rome, Japan and China have practiced hot water therapy, for centuries. As the saying goes… ‘if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it’.
There are entire towns which have been built around naturally occurring hot springs. Two of these towns are Hot Springs Arkansas and Bath England.
Hydrotherapy, as it is more commonly referred to, provides a great deal of relief to countless individuals. It is also a tremendous stress reliever, as well. Most patients agree that hydrotherapy is the most enjoyable form of therapy they have ever experienced.
Individuals who are suffering from more than common aches and pains should consult their physician before starting a physical therapy regimen, on their own. There are certain cases in which hydrotherapy could actually do more harm than good. As always, it’s better to be safe than sorry… especially when one’s health is concerned.
As a rule, hot tub related physical therapy should not be utilized by individuals who suffer from high blood pressure, but again it is best to speak with a physician and follow his or her recommendation. Every case is different.
Individuals who have been injured in a job-related or automobile accident have been pleased with the pain relieving results of hot tub therapy. Although it does not provide complete relief, favorable results are often achieved.
Pain, as a result of other ailments and conditions such as back injury, joint problems, spinal disease, tennis elbow and hip and knee replacement, can be reduced or sometimes even almost completely eliminated with this type of therapy.
These sessions do not have to be lengthy. If scheduled on a regular basis, sessions lasting only 15 to 20 minutes produce positive results. However, these sessions are usually so relaxing that even 20 minutes, is just not enough.
Many patients, who can afford the added expense, purchase their own hot tub after just a few sessions. Hot tubs are available in a wide variety of price ranges and are more affordable than ever before. These patients enjoy the convenience and flexibility of fitting their physical therapy hot tub sessions, into their schedule without ever having to leave home.
(In these cases, friends and family members can enjoy the benefits of hot tubbing, as well.)