The term Arthritis is used to describe more than 100 conditions that affect joints, the tissues surrounding joints, and other connective tissues. These conditions range from relatively mild forms of tendonitis and bursitis to serious conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases which affect the whole body.
- Arthritis affects over 350 million people worldwide, including over six million Canadians.
- Right now, 1 in 6 Canadians have a disabling form of arthritis. That number is expected to rise to 1 in 4 by 2036.
- Arthritis is the most reported chronic condition for women (67% of arthritis sufferers are female) and the 3rd most reported for men. Children too are affected by arthritis.
- Arthritis is responsible for 1 in 10 doctor visits and 1 in 16 hospitalizations.
- Arthritis can cause life-threatening complications like heart attack, strokes, and blood clots.
- Arthritis research received only 2% of the available research dollars in Canada, despite being the most debilitating and expensive condition for the Canadian economy.
Steps to Ease Arthritis
Arthritis can be eased by maintaining a healthy weight. It reduces the pressure being put on the joints and can help with preventing future injury.
Keeping joints flexible is very important. Exercising regularly is key for this, and activities such as swimming are good ways to incorporate it into your routine without putting increased pressure on joints.
Attending physical therapy is hugely beneficial to easing arthritis. It ensures safe movement of tight or aching joints while incorporating more activity into the day.
Hot Tubs and Arthritis
Here at Beachcomber Hot Tubs, we have your back, wrists, ankles, and basically anywhere you feel discomfort. It’s no secret that soaking in warm water provides relief for joint pain and muscle soreness. Research has proven that hydrotherapy works wonders for all kinds of musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, and lower back pain. It is likely that we all know someone who endures the daily aches and pains of arthritis or chronic pain.
Countless amounts of studies highlight that people who enjoy relaxing warm water soak are less likely to suffer from aches and pains later in the day. As warm water soothes tense muscles and encourages better circulation, your hot tub will help release stiffness in the body, offer full support for sore limbs, decrease swelling and relax tissue that causes your discomfort. Just a 20-minute soak can help relieve any pain you might be feeling. Keeping this in mind, consider these simple steps to make the most of your next hot tub soak.
- Keeping water temperatures between 92 and 100 degrees is considered a healthy range. If you have cardiovascular problems, beware of water that’s too hot as it can add stress to the heart
- Since warm water stimulates blood flow to stiff muscles and frozen joints, the hot tub can be an ideal place to do some gentle stretching
- Make sure you drink water both before and after your soak to prevent dehydration. Consider setting a reminder alarm on your phone, so you don’t forget your post-soak glass of water!
Adding a Beachcomber Hot Tub to your daily health routine helps ease aching joints. Learn more about how to enhance your health here!
*The information in this article should not be used as a substitute for medical advice from your doctor. Consults with qualified professionals are strongly recommended. Source: Arthritis Research Canada. For more information visit arthritisresearch.ca/