Ask Dr Hilary - Arthritis
Hot Tubs are the best way to provide the full benefits of hydrotherapy in the home environment. Hydrotherapy is beneficial for arthritis regardless of how many of your joints are affected. Often times used if you’ve had joint replacement surgery or if you have back pain, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and osteoarthritis, but it can be used for other types of arthritis. Read on to see what Dr Hilary has to say about hot tubs in relation to arthritis.
Dr Hilary on hot tubs and arthritis!
Hi. I'm Dr Hilary Jones and I want to talk to you about the value of owning a hot tub if you suffer from any kind of arthritis.
When we talk about arthritis we generally mean an inflammation of a joint, or many joints, resulting in pain, swelling, stiffness and restriction of movement. There are so many different causes of this inflammation. Its a whole range in a family of about 100 conditions that can contribute to those symptoms. They range from osteo arthritis, which is a form of wear and tear to rheumatoid arthritis which is an inflammation generally within the body but it includes ankylosing spondylitis, gout, acute back injury, sports injuries, you name it!
It's estimated that something like one in three families in the UK will include somebody who is currently suffering from some kind of arthritis and there is virtually nobody in this country who wont be touched by arthritis at some point in their lifetime.
When arthritis strikes it can play havoc with normal everyday activities which would normally be routine. Things like getting dressed, doing up buttons, opening up jars, using stairs and lifts. And this can have a serious impact on the quality of your life.
Thats where hot tub hydrotherapy can really come into its own. First of all you've got the relaxing effect of the hot water. This soothes your body generally and improves circulation. Secondly, you've got the massaging effects of the jets that can ease any tension in the muscles and soothe joints. Theirdly you've got the bouyency effect of the water. Effectively 90% of your bodyweight is taken off your joints enabling you to move them against the resistance of the water which can really help with rebuilding muscle strength.
Your hot tub enables you to control the water temp using the thermostat and to customise your massage by adjusting the incorporated jets.
The best thing of all though is you can use it every day whenever you want so for any form of arthritis you'be gt that hydro-theraputic pain relief.