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How Your Senior Loved One with Arthritis Will Benefit from Hydrotherapy

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

The benefits of hydrotherapy have been known since ancient times and were commonly used in the form of natural mineral hot springs or the more elaborate Greek and Roman baths. Circulating warm water enhances blood and lymph circulation, promotes relaxation and encourages the healing process. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs and whirlpool bathtubs can all provide welcome relief from arthritis, and providers of live-in care in Colorado Springs can explain how this works.

Heat Therapy

The temperature of warmer water promotes the relaxation of muscles and connective tissues, which often become tense when they experience physical discomfort. Plain warm water alleviates soreness and stiffness. However, if there are salt water pools or mineral springs available, the minerals encourage fluid movement out of swollen areas and aid in minimizing inflammation. 

Jet Therapies

The swift moving waters found in spas and whirlpools provide a gentle massage. The soothing sensation reduces stress and thus relaxes muscles, which makes joints more flexible. This type of therapy may additionally provide a boost of energy and encourage more restful sleep. 

Light and Sound Therapies 

Some tubs feature an array of colorful lights and may have a built-in or nearby stereo system. The lights and sounds boost the overall effects of hydrotherapy and promote mental health by reducing anxiety, stress and blood pressure. As the mind relaxes, the muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints follow suit. 

Water Aerobics

The warmth of the water combined with the buoyancy of waist-deep water does much for an elderly loved one with arthritis. The water reduces muscle spasms while improving circulation, and the efforts of the combined actions reduce pain. Gentle exercise or movements performed while standing in the pool meets with water resistance, which helps to increase muscle strength and endurance. The hydrostatic pressure also alleviates swelling while improving flexibility, balance and core strength. 

If your loved one has arthritis and receives hydrotherapy treatments, you can supplement it with at-home care. Colorado Springs Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of live-in and hourly care for local seniors that can adapt to your loved one’s needs and preferences. Compassionate caregivers customize your loved one’s schedule to provide optimal assistance with mobility training and physical exercise to reduce pain associated with arthritis and encourage self-esteem. To learn more about our services for seniors with arthritis, contact a knowledgeable Care Manager today at (719) 822-1229. We look forward to hearing from you.