Whether you’re a sports athlete or maintain an active exercise regime, sore muscles and joints can be a common occurrence that can interfere with your athletic routine. No matter how careful you are, injuries and pain can transpire which may lead you to seek therapy options as an alternative to medicine and chemical-laced rubs. Hydrotherapy can be a safe and soothing way to heal injuries, aches, and sore muscles you incur from physical activity.
What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is an ancient practice that utilizes warm water to sooth pain, enhance muscle recovery and strength, and improve balance and coordination. It can help you mobilize stiff joints and ease arthritis symptoms and other muscular injuries. This type of aquatic hot tub therapy provides multiple benefits to various systems of the body and decreases stress through relaxation. Consider the following benefits of utilizing hydrotherapy for your sports injuries, aches, and pains.
Benefits of Hydrotherapy
The most common sports injuries are sprains and strains which are caused by stretching ligaments past their limit or overusing muscles and tendons. These types of injuries can usually be prevented by warming up before getting physical and not exerting yourself on physical activity beyond your abilities, but they can also be prevented with hydrotherapy.
Loosen up your muscles by soaking in a hot tub prior to swinging the bat or climbing that mountain. This warm up of your ligaments and tendons can not only help prevent tears and injuries but also can improve your agility and speed.
Pain Relief and Healing
Along with any minor or major injury comes pain and as an avid sports enthusiast, you may not want to start popping pills. Hydrotherapy can assist in pain relief because of the water’s buoyancy. Relieving the pressure from your injury allows you to rest your injured limb without having to overcompensate and tire out your other muscles. The stress relief provided by relaxing in a hot tub can also stimulate endorphins which will reduce feelings of pain.
Hydrotherapy can increase healing time of injuries by granting pressure-free movement to limbs in the water. Being able to move those ligaments and stimulate mobility without bearing any weight will only improve your healing time. Water therapy also increases blood flow which improves circulation of oxygen through cells and tissues resulting in a stronger immune system and repairing of injuries.
Reduction of Other Ailments
You don’t have to have a sports injury to take advantage of hydrotherapy healing. Basic muscle stiffness and soreness can be reduced by soaking in a hot tub. The same warm water that improves circulation and rebuilds muscles can also dilate blood vessels to prevent or relieve stiff sore muscles, so you don’t have to rely so much on anti-inflammatory medicine.
Sleep is absolutely necessary for recovery. Athletes often face bouts of insomnia due to predisposition or overactivity which keeps the mind and body stimulated. Have an easier time falling asleep by soaking in a hot tub one hour before you go to bed.
Before using hydrotherapy, remember to talk with your doctor or healthcare professional.
About the Author: Danielle Adams is a freelance writer who works with Bullfrog Spas. When she’s not writing, Danielle enjoys practicing yoga, meditation for stress relief, and learning more about hydrotherapy