Hot tubs are mainly bought and used, for hydrotherapy. In hydrotherapy or aquatic physical therapy, patients are gently immersed in warm water. Physical therapy, heating pads and massage followed hot water therapy as preferred treatments. Nevarez was once a pupil in the class she now teaches, so debilitated by arthritis in her knees that she was barely able to walk the block and a half to her aquatic therapy class.

Remember that exercise in water can lower blood pressure and heart rate, so consult with your health care provider first. This way, the water becomes an energized stream, the stream that makes hydrotherapy effective. Aquatic physical therapy has been used for decades as an integral part of treatment for severe arthritis or post knee or hip surgery.

Water therapy (hydrotherapy). When you enter a pool of water, your body immediately becomes buoyant. Sometimes, people with no underlying risks for the condition can find themselves in a doctor's office learning that they have osteoarthritis. Consult your doctor to determine whether water exercises are appropriate for you.

If there is not acute inflammation and pain in the knee then moist heat is very effective to alleviate the arthritis pain. When we're dehydrated, our muscles have to work harder to regenerate and our joints will have a tough time becoming less stiff. The warm water eases stiff joints and relaxes sore muscles and tendons.

Very hot water can be bad for both the heart and the skin, so warm water is best. Warm water gets blood flow moving throughout stiffened muscles and joints, according to the Arthritis Foundation. The massaging action of a spa, created by "energized" streams of warm water and air through powerful jet nozzles, relaxes tight muscles and stimulates the release of endorphins the body's natural pain killers.
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