Soaking In Hot Water To Help Ease Pain

Published: 2013-11-22, Last Modified:

When we think about soaking in a tub of hot water, we may consider the activity as a form of indulgence not unlike the experiences we may have when we are on vacation. The activity is seen as more of a general relaxation technique than anything else. However, soaking in hot water can also have some medical benefits and doctors often recommend a hot water soak as part of a daily regimen to help manage the pain associated with several different types of ailments. Fortunately, there are a number of different options for those in pain to be able to experience a hot water soak ranging from using a local clubhouse or spa to the public pool.

Which Types Of Pain Are Helped By A Hot Water Soak?

Below are some of the conditions that are helped by soaking in hot water for a short time:

Arthritis Pain Is Helped By A Hot Water Soak

Arthritis pain is one of the most common pains that a hot bath can be used to treat. Whether a person is old and suffering from a life of hard work, or younger and afflicted with early arthritis pain, daily use of a spa can help ease pain. The buoyancy of floating in a hot tub of water helps relieves the joint pain and often the pressure on joints. In a hot tub with jets, the stream of water can also help massage aches and pains in the hands, shoulders and the lower back.

A Hot Bath Can Help Ease Chronic Back Pain


Anyone suffering from back pain knows just how debilitating it can be. Suffering day in and day out from the pain of an achy and stiff back can prevent a person from doing some of the things they enjoy. Even picking up simple objects becomes a difficult feat when the lower back is in painful knots. Physical therapists and doctors often prescribe a soak in a hot bath to help ease the pain. Special therapy jets used in hot tub can target the areas of pain that need more intense attention. Soaking and floating in the water removes the weight from the limbs and relieves the stress from the vertebrae and spine to make the back feel better.

Managing Diabetes Pain With Hot Water Soaks

In addition to the other conditions mentioned, a hot bath can also aid with Diabetes pain. For diabetic sufferers a daily soak can help stimulate some of the benefits of exercise to allow sufferers to manage their diabetes better. Recently a study was performed on diabetic patients who sat in a hot tub for 30 minutes a day, six days a week. At the end of the study, the researchers found that the patients had reduced their blood sugar level by 13% by simply soaking in the tub. Along with this, soaking in a hot tub is known to relieve the general aches and pains often associated with the disease.

For those who are living with chronic pain from disease or injury a hot soak can be of benefit in managing that pain. However, before starting to bathe in a hot bath, hot tub or spa on a regular basis, it is always important to speak with a doctor. Pregnant women may wish to limit their use of these therapies as well. For most people, hot water therapy provides an under used means of managing pain. Both the heat and the buoyancy offered by being in the water can help to reduce symptoms and are worth a try.

Ashley Poulter is a professional writer and blogger for a variety of outlets. She promotes the health benefits of hot tubs for Premiere Hot Tubs (http://www.premierehottubsofaustin.com/) based in Austin, TX.

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