In the UK, there are three and a half million people living with osteoporosis, and someone breaks a bone every minute because of it. The condition, known as a ‘silent disease’ due to under-diagnosis, under-treatment and low public , is a form of arthritis and causes bones to become weak and break easily. World Osteoporosis Day was launched with the aim of breaking the silence on osteoporosis and getting more people thinking about their bone health.
Is a hot tub good for osteoporosis?
If you have been diagnosed with arthritis or osteoporosis, the key goal is to reduce the pain and prevent any further damage. There are various treatments offered to sufferers, including medication, surgery and lifestyle changes.
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Exercise is recommended to boost the flexibility of the joints. But because movement can be painful and in some cases unbearable, exercise can be challenging. This is where hydrotherapy and a hot tub can help.
There are many health benefits from hot tubs, and they are widely prescribed for the treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis. Although the actual way in which hydrotherapy alleviates pain is not known, its use as a treatment for these conditions has been supported both anecdotally and scientifically.
Hot tub therapy for arthritis helps to boost movement and reduce pain in various ways:
- The warm water relaxes the muscles, easing pressure on the joints and reducing the pain of movement.
- The water supports your weight, helping to extend the range of movement
- Water provides resistance for exercise, which can boost muscle strength
- The hydro jets massage the muscles, increasing flexibility
Should you exercise in a hot tub to relive arthritis pain?
In a hot tub, the warm water stimulates blood flow which heats up the muscles. And with your joints supported, it’s the perfect place to do some stretching to help with flexibility and muscle strength.
Even if you have limited movement, you can make use of the hot tub jets to stimulate your muscles without any effort.
It is important, however, to take basic precautions when using a hot tub for any form of exercise so as to prevent overheating or becoming dehydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water before you enter the tub, even if you don’t feel particularly thirsty. Make sure you remain hydrated throughout your hydrotherapy session too, keeping a bottle of water at hand at all times.
Make sure you start with gentle exercise, and set the temperature of the water to something that’s comfortable. Some people find it helps to enter the tub gradually, warming feet and legs first then sliding in completely once they’ve warmed up. Once you’re in, take time to properly stretch out before you start any exercises.
The best hot tub exercises for arthritis are gentle, making full use of the water to support the joints and use the resistance to build muscle strength. Keeping hands open and feet turned out will help increase the resistance. Doing this every day in a controlled way can help ease the pain associated with osteoporosis over time.
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