There are many reasons soaking in warm water works. It reduces the force of gravity that’s compressing the joint, offers 360-degree support for sore limbs, can decrease swelling and inflammation and increase circulation.
Warm water can be helpful in fighting the pain and stiffness of arthritis and fibromyalgia that experts recommend heated pools for exercise. Various studies of patients with both conditions found that when they participated in warm water exercise programs two or three times a week, their pain decreased and their physical function increased.
Warm water stimulates blood flow to stiff muscles and frozen joints, making a warm pool an ideal place to do some gentle stretching.
Hydrotherapy is especially beneficial for people with arthritis. It is sometimes used after joint replacement surgery, or people with chronic back pain or other inflammatory conditions. Often rehabilitation exercises that cannot be performed on land, are much more effective and less strain is put on the joint allowing for quicker recovery and less painful treatment.
Treatment sessions can be individually tailored to the client or can be conducted in a small group usually with people with similar conditions.
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