Whether you’re an athlete who needs to continue to train or overdid it lifting boxes in their garage, anyone with sore muscles hopes to find a quick and easy way to soothe them so they can get back to their normal routine. Through hydrotherapy, and the recognition of all the benefits that can be reaped as a result of this warm water-based therapy, taking a nice long soak in warm bubbly water has never looked better.
What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy can come in a variety of forms which is the use of water as a therapy treatment. While the hot tub is probably the first image to come to mind when thinking of relieve for sore muscles, you can also reap similar benefits with the use of a sauna or a bath tub. Hydrotherapy is a natural alternative medical treatment that can help you reap a healthy lifestyle.
How Hydrotherapy Works
In the instance of a hot tub, hydrotherapy works by using the warm, relaxing water to help raise your body temperature which allows for better circulation, which ultimately leads to rejuvenation and healing throughout your body. Warm water also relaxes tense and sore muscles, soothing them and releasing any pressure. In addition, the buoyancy and weightlessness experienced while soaking in the warm water allows your joints and muscles to be relieved completely of the weight and stress which typically weigh on them.
How to Relieve Sore Muscles
To reap the full benefits of soaking in a hydrotherapy bath, plan to spend anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes in the water. During this time, you can close your eyes and meditate while you feel the stress leave your body, and your sore muscles dissipate, or you can use the time to stretch out those sore muscles and do some low impact exercises to work through the pain.
Conditions that Can Benefit from Hydrotherapy
There are several other conditions that may accompany your sore muscles, depending on the cause of the discomfort.
Here are health benefits & some conditions that may be improved with the use of hydrotherapy
- Back pain
- Strains and sprain
- Post-surgery recovery
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Head injury or stroke
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Parkinson’s Disease
Let Go of Stress
Regardless of what made your muscles sore to begin with, having lots of stress and anxiety in your life may leave your muscles feeling sore longer given the physical toll these mental conditions can have on your body. With the help of hydrotherapy, your stress will melt away, and you’ll likely notice a big difference in your overall mental health and feeling of well-being.
Hydrotherapy in Your Own Backyard
The only thing better than soaking in a hydrotherapy tub at your physical therapist’s office, or at the gym, is soaking in one in your own backyard. If you purchase a hot tub for personal use for this purpose, make sure you choose one that will offer you the features you need to achieve the greatest relief from sore muscles.
Sore muscle relief is possible with the help of hydrotherapy, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and soak those sore muscles away.
About the Author: Danielle Adams is a freelance writer who works with Bullfrog Spas. When she’s not writing, Danielle enjoys spending time doing yoga, practicing meditation, and spending time with friends.