by Anne Kruse
So, you’re injured. Getting back on the field, on the court, or back to work is your immediate goal. The unknown variable is how long it will be before you’re back kickin’ it into gear. Patience is required. Negotiating with your body’s healing ability is part of the game. Your physical therapy schedule can be daunting and time consuming. Fortunately there’s help. Performing healing-focused exercises in your hot tub enhances your physical therapy while providing other numerous health benefits.
Performing healing-focused exercises in your hot tub enhances your physical therapy while providing other numerous benefits.
A stubborn, nagging injury demands something that shifts and promotes healing. This is where a hot tub makes the difference in your rehabilitation and recovery. Consider the use of your hot tub as an activity that propels you to where you want to be – back in the game of life.
Consider the use of your hot tub as an activity that propels you to where you want to be – back in the game of life.
How does stretching in my hot tub improve healing?
Immersion into warm water helps prepare your muscles, tendons and ligaments for use. If your physical therapist gives you stretching exercises to do, simply get in your hot tub and do them. Your body will warm up to the idea. You will achieve a better stretch compared to a cold start lying on the floor. The fact that you are buoyant allows less pressure to be placed on body parts, and more focus on the area to be stretched. A great example of this is demonstrated in the video below.
How does visualization in my hot tub improve healing?
The adage, “See it. Believe it, Achieve it,” holds true for the healing process. While sitting in your hot tub picture yourself healthy and doing the things you desire. Take it a step further by visualizing the tissues in the injured area building new, healthy tissue. See the energy flow into the area, and the damage flowing out. Choose a color like a bright, life-affirming shade of gold and imagine it filling the area. The power of visualization is well-documented as being effective in the recovery process.
The adage, “See it. Believe it, Achieve it,” holds true for the healing process.
How does meditating in my hot tub promote healing?
Being injured or having health issues is very stressful, which does nothing to help you heal. Stress is detrimental to your health and wellbeing. A hot tub is the perfect environment for quieting the mind. The sound of the jets lulls you into a mental space that fosters relaxation and stress reduction. Find a simple meditation exercise that you can practice while sitting in your hot tub. The benefits of meditation coupled with the inherent benefits of using your hot tub puts you way ahead in the healing process.
How do breathing exercises in my hot tub help with healing?
When you are managing an injury you may find that you hold your breath more than normal. The higher the pain, the more often this occurs. Oxygen is essential for life, and for the healing process to occur. Perform breathing exercises while in your hot tub. For example, slowly breathe in for a count of 8 seconds, hold it for 4 seconds, and release it slowly for a count of 7. Pull in air filling your lungs from bottom to top. Focus only on your breathing. This will take you away from any negative thoughts you may be having. Repeat this process at least 10 times. Sometimes we need to be deliberate about the things we do to usher healing into our lives. Slow and focused breathing done in your hot tub is a perfect example.
Does my hot tub help increase circulation and healing?
The human body has an amazing ability to heal itself. Tissues heal most effectively when they receive a healthy supply of blood. Our extremities may suffer poor healing due to insufficient or compromised blood flow. This results in a prolonged healing process. The feet, ankles, lower legs and knees are prone to this occurrence. The answer to this challenge is your hot tub. Using your hot tub will improve blood circulation and therefore enhances your body’s ability to circulate blood to injured areas.
How does owning a hot tub save time and expense?
There are practical implications to using a hot tub while rehabilitating an injury or condition. If you make your hot tub part of your therapy you may not need to attend as many appointments. Your physical therapist will be the judge of that. The goal is consistency for any physical therapy routine. If you can capture awesome results in your own backyard, bring it on. That’s one less commute you’ll have to make in questionable traffic.
Everyone these days is looking for a two-fer, a two-for-the-price-of-one situation. Investing in a hot tub allows you to reap the many benefits of owning a hot tub, and it enhances the results of your physical therapy. Grab the bargain by the horns and get in a hot tub today.
If you’re already an owner and your hot tub has helped you recover from an injury we would love to hear how you did it and how you are using your hot tub for Work-Life balance.
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