Back pain is no joke! It can keep you from many of the things you love in your day-to-day life. Whether you’re dealing with a chronic condition or an isolated incident, just enduring it will bring you no lasting relief. There are many ways to find back pain relief. One of the more effective techniques is with warm hydrotherapy in a hot tub.
First, a Precaution about Back Pain Relief
If you’re suffering through back pain as the result of an injury, then you don’t want to get in the hot tub immediately after getting hurt. The recommendation is to cease regular activity for the first 24 to 48 hours. Treat the injured area with periodic ice to reduce swelling (in other words, rest!). You need to avoid any heat treatments until the swelling goes down and stays down.
Ready, Set, Heal
Once you’ve been released to work toward healing, know that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all regimen to back pain relief. You may have exercises and stretches recommending by a physical therapist -- do them! Periodic and consistent massage therapy may be necessary, especially when dealing with chronic pain.
And warm hydrotherapy in a hot tub can do a lot for relieving inflammation, tension and soreness in your back. Additionally, a hot tub can help your whole body to relax better. This also helps to relieve stress on your back throughout the day. The best results come from a 20 minute soak a day. Whether you do so in the morning to make the day a little easier or at night to help your body relax so you can sleep better, is entirely up to you.
Keep these tips in mind when implementing a hot tub in your recovery:
- Make sure the path to the hot tub is clear and you’re wearing non-slip shoes -- the last thing you want to do is fall.
- You need quality hot tub steps with safety treads and a rail for getting in and out of the hot tub.
- Get a hot tub cover lifter installed so that you’re not having to strain your body to get the cover on and off the tub.
Above all else, do what is best for you to relieve your pain. Here’s to your recovery!