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The Benefits of Hydrotherapy for In-Home Care

Posted on by John Burfield

Hydrotherapy, the therapeutic use of water to ease pain and promote physical well-being, has been used all over the world for centuries, including in the ancient cultures or Greece, Rome, Egypt, China, and Japan. Hydrotherapy can include everything from hot and cold plunge pools, thermal baths, saunas, steam baths, floating water massage, wraps, and more.

There’s no need to travel to a fancy spa an in an exotic location to take advantage of this time-honored therapy—you can enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy with a simple warm bath.

Warm water therapy has been proven to have a number of positive effects, including:

  • Easing pain and stiffness from arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions
  • Improving circulation and cardiovascular health
  • Helping reduce blood sugar levels for those with Type-2 diabetes
  • Reducing stress and anxiety and improving mood
  • Enabling you to fall asleep faster
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Improving breathing and lung capacity

If you’re looking for a more stimulating version of hydrotherapy, you can opt for a jetted tub. There are two main types of jetted tubs—a whirlpool tub, which shoots water out of high pressure jets; and an air tub, which blows heated air jets into the tub, creating millions of gentle bubbles.

Each type of tub can be beneficial for hydrotherapy, it just depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a strong, high-pressure massage, a whirlpool tub will fit the bill. If you want a gentler form of hydrotherapy, an air tub can provide a gentle full body massage without the pressure and force of a whirlpool system. To learn more check out our post on What is a Hydrotherapy Air Spa Bathtub?

For those with mobility issues who would like to enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy but have difficulty getting in and out of a normal bathtub, a walk-in tub with jets can be a great option. Not only can a stand up tub offer the benefits of a soaker tub and a soothing spa, it can also be used as a shower, and the low step-in threshold and handheld showerhead makes bathing easy and safe.

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