For back pain sufferers, a portable hot tub can be one of the few sources of relief from crippling pain, discomfort and stiffness. You may be wondering whether it would be worth spending thousands of dollars on a hot tub system for back pain relief. Americans shell out more than $50 billion each year fighting back pain, according to the National Institutes of Health fact sheet on back pain. Back pain is also the most common cause of missed work days and disability claims. A bulging disk, sciatica, an acute injury or osteoporosis can all cause pain in the spinal region.
Heat & Relief
Although heating pads and hot packs are effective, a hot tub or bath is an effective way to apply heat to a large area of the body. Heat works by relaxing surrounding muscles, which can reduce muscle spasms; it also dilates the blood vessels, increasing blood flow and promoting healing in the injured tissue. As the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases states, heat also “alters the sensation of pain” in other words, it feels good and provides much needed relief for acute or chronic back pain.
What to look for
If you’re buying a tub for hydrotherapy, we recommend you look closely at the following features: jet type, seating, pumps and water pressure, and heating controls. Look for jets that can be positioned directly onto the back, particularly the area that is in pain. You can also choose from a wide variety of jet configurations, with concentrate water pressure in a focused area of discomfort. Our modern & affordable fiberglass shells have also moved far beyond the old-style bench seating. Hot tub buyers looking for back pain relief can look for lounge-style seats, with full immersion and jets directly positioned on the lower back area.
Hot tub hydrotherapy is one way to not only treat and relieve lower back pain and other injuries, but also to increase circulation, reduce stress and promote relaxation. However, hot tub users should keep in mind a few simple precautions: Do not use a hot tub for any medical condition without reviewing it with a physician. Do not use a hot tub if you are taking drugs that could make you sleepy or drowsy. Finally, do not exceed the time limit or temperature recommended by the manufacturer. By following those few simple rules, your back pain relief could be just a soak away.