Relaxing in a warm bath at the end of the day can help reduce the symptoms of many health problems, such as stress and the aches, pains and stiff joints associated with arthritis. Unfortunately, taking a bath is often a struggle for people, such as seniors and/or those with mobility disabilities. Traditional bathtubs are often difficult to get in and out of, and the slippery bottom may pose a risk of falling. The good news is walk-in tubs provide a range of safety features that make it possible for those with mobility challenges to reap the benefits that come with a warm bath. Here are 4 health problems that soaking in the bathtub may be beneficial for.
Relieve Arthritis Pain
Sore and stiff joints are common ailments for those suffering with arthritis, but soaking in a tub of warm water may help to relieve the aches and pains of arthritis. When sitting in a warm water bath, the water buoyancy helps to relax muscles and decrease muscle tension, which allows better flexibility, so it relieves the stiffness associated with arthritis. Water buoyancy also helps to increase the blood supply throughout joints, which may help to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Soaking in a tub of warm water may help to improve your heart health. If you have a heart problem, exercising may be difficult, but soaking in a warm bath may help increase the heart rate and lower blood pressure, which is similar to the results of doing cardio exercises, but with less strain on the heart.
Falling asleep and/or staying asleep is a common problem for seniors, especially if they have chronic pain from arthritis or other health problems. Taking a warm bath will help put your mind and body in a state of relaxation, which may help you sleep fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly.
Relieving constipation typically involves a change in diet and regular exercise. However, exercise is often difficult for seniors and those with mobility disabilities. Walk-in tubs typically have a contoured seat which allows you comfortably sit in a tub of warm water and do your exercises. The warm water also helps to stimulate the intestines and improve bowel movement. Sitting in the warm water can also help relieve the pain of hemorrhoids and fissures, which often occur as a result of the straining when constipated.
For those with limited mobility, getting into a traditional bathtub is not only a struggle, but it can also be dangerous. Walk-in tubs are designed to provide safe access and many come with a range of safety features, such as grab-bars, comfortable seats and non-slip floors.
For more information, contact Twin City Stair Lifts or a similar company.Share
15 March 2016
My name is Katie Langer. For a long time, I was bed ridden and I felt like I had no control over my life. I simply went along with what was instructed by my doctor and I didn't ask questions. It wasn't that my doctor wasn't willing to work with me, but I preferred to simply not think about the illness I was suffering from. I didn't realize that some of the symptoms I was suffering from were side effects of my medication and were not normal. After communicating more with my doctor, I was able to alleviate my symptoms. Since then, I've taken an interest in patient-doctor relationships and how to improve them.