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The Benefits of Warm Water Therapy for Musculoskeletal Disorders Like Back Pain and Osteoarthritis

Research has proved that warm water therapy helps in the relief of most types of musculoskeletal disorders, which include low back pain, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. It actually makes you feel better immediately.

It relaxes the muscles and it appears to take a little longer time for the effects to become evident. And most importantly, it is very cost effective and a very attractive option as compared to expensive hospital care or physiotherapy treatment.

A study at the University of Buffalo, Department of Physical Therapy showed that seventy percent of the participants who used warm water therapy had more improved function compared to those who received no treatment.

Patients who received therapy from a skilled and licensed therapist experienced improvements in muscle strength, range of motion, motor function, endurance, and flexibility as well as a significant decrease in pain.

The results were the same when it came to soft tissue damage (muscle or ligament). Recovery time was faster for the individuals who took part in the exercise regimen. In the end, the researchers concluded that there was a considerable improvement in the patients' self-esteem and confidence levels, and that physical fitness could improve self-image and social function.

Another benefit of this form of therapy is hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure on the lungs is a major cause of death and disability for persons who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

In most of these patients, physical therapy has been recommended to alleviate symptoms, but unfortunately, the positive effects are not long lasting. Breathing problems and shortness of breath are common symptoms of COPD. However, with the application of hydrostatic pressure on the lungs in warm water therapy, these symptoms will subside and the patient will begin to recover.

This type of exercise can also help combat the aging population. Recent studies have shown that older persons who regularly participate in exercise show a lower incidence of mortality compared with those who do not make regular exercise efforts.

This is due to increased fitness and decreased caloric intake. Further studies are currently underway to determine whether this form of therapy can prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease, which is associated with aging.

Physical therapists have used warm water therapy pools for decades to treat injured or physically handicapped patients. This natural treatment helps to improve muscle tone, increase range of motion and stamina, and decrease pain in the injured body part.

The benefits of hydrotherapy therapy can also extend beyond the physical realm into the psychological realm. Research has indicated that persons who undergo this type of treatment experience an improvement in their moods and general outlook on life. The emotional well-being of the person is affected by the physical rehabilitation and healing process.

Physiotherapists use warm water therapy to rehabilitate patients after an injury or surgery. They strengthen the muscles around the injured part of the body while preventing further swelling.

The physiotherapist will first assess the condition of the patient and recommend the types of exercises that will best treat and restore the muscles to their preinjury status.

Patients who are not following a proper exercise routine will most likely fail to achieve maximum results from the therapy. Warm water exercise is usually recommended for patients who are new to physical therapy and have not been following a proper exercise and rehabilitation program.

One of the most common ailments that is treated using warm water therapy is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis affects millions of Americans and is particularly prevalent among the elderly.

This disorder causes the end joints of the feet and hands to degenerate resulting in severe pain, swelling, and redness. Massage can relaxes muscles and can ease the pain that is caused by arthritis.

Other ailments that can be treated with warm water therapy include: stroke, muscle strain injuries, and dehydration. It also relaxes tight muscles that cause pain due to a cramp or spasm.

Warm water allows the tissues to relax, dissipating the stress on the joint. It also provides an opportunity to release toxins that build up in the body from day to day activity.

This helps reduce pain caused by muscle strain and provides an opportunity to recover faster from an injury or surgery. By relaxing tight muscles and relieving pain, warm water therapy is extremely beneficial to patients suffering from various ailments.

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Department of Physical Therapy University of Buffalo

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