Arthritis Symptom Remedies: Water Therapies

Author: Bathing Solutions

Firstly, what is arthritis?

Arthritis is a common disease that target the joints, causing inflammation, pain and stiffness also to the tendons and ligaments surrounding the joint. There are over 100 types of arthritis that affect over 10 million Britons, with the most common types diagnosed being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid: What’s the difference?

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis differ in the conditions developments. Osteoarthritis is caused through the general wear-down of joints that are associated with ageing while rheumatoid is caused when the body’s immune system targets and attacks an individual’s joints.

Osteoarthritis, the more common type of arthritis is typically diagnosed in those who are 40+ years old with a family history and of female orientation.

How can sufferers combat against aches and pains with water therapy?

Water therapy is a proven alternative pain remedy that has alleviated pain to sufferers for centuries. Recommended for those who suffer from varying types of musculoskeletal conditions, water helps to reduce gravity and creates 360 support for sore limbs and can have lasting effects even after getting out of the water. Patients with both types of arthritis found that warm water exercise two or three times a week could create a decrease in pain, and increase physical ability.

www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/pain-management/tips/warm-water-therapy.php

How does it work?

Water is not only relaxing mentally, it simulates blood flow to swollen and aching joints, relieving pressure and weight from aching limbs and bones. The water makes it easier to stretch and a simple 20 minute soak in the bathtub or a warm shower can have lasting effects and relief for the sufferer for the rest of the day. Cold water can help reduce swelling and inflammation and bring pain relief, whilst warmer temperatures can help to reduce stiffness and have a soothing effect. Some people have even found salt to have soothing properties and enjoy ocean pools, or adding Epsom salts to their baths. Many arthritis suffers enjoy gentle aquatic exercise in heated or salt water pools to retain mobility and keep weight down without the high impact intensity of sports such as running – which can wreak havoc on painful joints.

Challenges for arthritis sufferers

For sufferers of arthritis, the simplest of daily tasks can be a struggle. Walking, driving a car, and climbing up and down steps can create intense pain during periods of chronic pain, making leaving the house almost impossible – even opening a door can prove to be a challenge. During periods of intense pain water therapy can be ideal, but the idea of going to a swimming pool or local aquatic center can prove daunting, so a bath at home is often be the easiest option for gentle relief.

Getting in and out of the bathtub can be a challenge in itself, with the act of getting in to a normal bath requiring bending of the knees and placing weight on to elbows and hands to lower in to the tub, creating further pain for the sufferer. Showers require standing, and slips and falls can occur easily. Getting in and out of the bath or shower can require assistance and can leave the sufferer feeling helpless and frustrated at the lack of independence.

Having a pool in the backyard is obviously not an option for everyone, and even if the sufferer has access to a pool, special ramps will need to be installed and access modified to allow entry and exit. Baths and showers provide an easier option for every day and make up part of our normal routines, but as mentioned the strain of simply getting in a bath can be painful in itself or require assistance. Having a specially designed bath or shower can give the sufferer a newfound sense of independence and bring relief daily.

Bathing Solutions are UK leaders in walk in baths and easy access showers who have a range of products that can create independence for arthritis suffers and bring about much needed relief on a daily basis. They have a full range of options and can tailor solutions to the individual, from showers with ultra-low level step free access and reinforced seats, walk in slip resistant seat bathtubs to full length tubs with lifts. These products can be customized to suit your needs, and come with a range of options to increase the benefits of water therapy with the option to add soothing jets or even colour lighting (combining chromotherapy with hydrotherapy) to create a relaxing mood, removing the stress that living with this pain condition can often have. The different options not only look stylish and modern, but give the arthritis sufferer a new found sense of pain relief and independence.

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Last revised: 30 November 2016

Next review: 1 December 2017