You may have heard of hydrotherapy mentioned by spas, hospitals, or people with their own hot tubs. But what is it? What does it do? Where can you find it?
We’re going to take a deep dive into the world of hydrotherapy so you can decide if it’s something you’d like to try.
Does It Really Work?
If you suffer from arthritis, scientific studies have shown that various forms of hydrotherapy can be effective. The exercises however should be custom to your needs and you do have to be careful not to overdo it because the buoyancy of the water makes it feel like you could do a lot more than you necessarily need to.
After you’ve spent a while in the water, the heat of the hydrotherapy pool may make you tired but this is normal. Though some exceptions may apply, hydrotherapy is one of the safest options for treatment against back pain and arthritis.
When you are in a hydrotherapy pool or tub, the heat loosens tense muscles and makes it easier for you to relax. It can also ease the pain making it easier for you to exercise. Additionally, because of the support the water gives, it’s easier to move around with increased flexibility. The water-resistance can build muscle strength.
How To Get Hydrotherapy
After a checkup, if your doctor has told you that you need a hydrotherapy pool, check your med-care coverage to see if it will cover any costs.
Next, look at local spas and exercise centers. These are places you can go where they have hydrotherapy pools or spas.
Lastly, you can invest in a home spa for your own personal use. These can be costly but if you do your research and select one that suits your needs then it can be a very worthwhile investment.
What If You Can’t Swim?
Not to worry. Most hydrotherapy options have water that goes only up to your chest. This allows you to walk around and exercise in the water without necessarily having to swim. Though swimming can be a great exercise, there are many alternative forms of water workouts that you can do.
However, if you do enter a hydrotherapy pool without the ability to swim, it’s advisable that you do not go alone or that you have someone nearby who can watch over you.
When You Should Avoid Hydrotherapy
Every person’s healthcare differs, therefore it’s impossible to say exactly when you should and should not use hydrotherapy. However, there are a few things that could cause some issues if you were to go into a hydrotherapy pool.
- A fever
- A large cut, or infected area
- High/low blood pressure
- A contagious virus
- An upset stomach
- Respiratory issues
- Heart or kidney issues
- Strong allergies
It’s always recommendable to check with your doctor first before starting any treatment. However, most likely he will tell you that hydrotherapy is a good way to exercise, a good way to relieve muscle and joint pain, and a great way to combat arthritis.