Millions of people in North America have arthritis and the pain it causes can be difficult to work around. Immersing yourself in hot water can help with relieving you of this pain and there are even some ways to exercise your joints while in a hot that can help you out even more. Here are our tips for how our Calgary hot tubs can help with arthritis.
Joint inflammation caused by arthritis can be lessened with hot water immersion
The pain, swelling, and stiffness that occurs as a result of arthritis is caused by inflammation of your joints. These symptoms often will lead to you having reduced movement in or ability to use your joints. Sitting in a hot tub can help to reverse this. The warm water surrounding your body will produce a hydrostatic pressure that can reduce this joint inflammation and increase your ability to move your joints. The water will also help you to have less tension in your muscles.
Stretching while you are in the hot tub and afterwards will make the experience even better
The warm water in the hot tub can help to stimulate blood flow to those areas that are stiff, and if you want to increase the potential benefits of this you should move your joints and any knotted muscles you might have.
Add some bath salts, which can help with improving the health of your bones
Bath salts, also known as Epsom salts, have magnesium in them that can help with improving the health of your heart and bones. Most people in North America do not get enough of this mineral, and putting these salts in your hot tub water on occasion can be good—just don’t do this on a regular basis, as it’s possible to get too much.
Turn the heat down for best results, as warm water is preferable
For best results, set the water temperature to be between 33 and 38 degrees Celsius. Anything hotter, just will not provide the same benefits.
A soak of 20 minutes in length is ideal
It can be tempting to keep on relaxing in your hot tub, especially when you’re sore. But studies have shown that staying in the warm water for more than 20 minutes will not actually have any added benefits.
Our Calgary hot tubs are great for addressing the symptoms of arthritis right from your home—contact us to learn more.