It is well-known that water is centric to all forms of bathing. Not only is water essential for effective hygiene, but it is also therapeutic when experienced in a whirlpool bath (a form of hydrotherapy). When immersed in water, weight on skeletal joints and related pressure points are eased. The motion of the warm, swirling water provides soothing relief from aches and pains and reduces anxiety, helping residents feel at ease. Let’s look at some of the potential health benefits of whirlpool hydrotherapy.
Hydrotherapy Improves Blood Circulation and Healing
Hydrotherapy has been shown to improve blood circulation. The warm water dilates the blood vessels and the moving water massages the skin and muscles. The increased blood flow includes enhanced circulation of white blood cells giving a boost to the immune system. This improved circulation also encourages the release of endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killers. As the resident begins to relax in the whirlpool spa and pain begins to diminish, they will feel uplifted and energized by the hydrotherapy experience.
Another benefit of hydrotherapy in a whirlpool spa is the healing of sore or injured tissue. Enhanced delivery of nutrients and oxygen to any injury promotes healing and supports a more rapid rate of recovery. Furthermore, with increased blood flow in the skin and overall body warming from the water, and waste products are removed from the body.
Whirlpool hydrotherapy has been shown to benefit a variety of circulatory system conditions including stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and inflammation. In findings submitted to the New England Journal of Medicine, Doctors at the McKee Medical Center in Loveland, CO found that whirlpool hydrotherapy may help people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. After sitting in a hot tub for 30 minutes per day, 6 days per week, for 3 weeks, researchers charted reduced weight, plasma glucose, and glycosylated hemoglobin in the majority of their patients. As the study progressed, the patients reported improved sleep and an increased general sense of well-being. In addition, the author suggested that whirlpool bathing may help people who are unable to exercise by increasing blood flow to the skeletal muscles.
Hydrotherapy Whirlpool Spas from Apollo
Apollo Corporation offers convenient end-entry and side-entry whirlpool bathing systems that can be used for your residents. Not only will your residents benefit from the positive results of hydrotherapy, they will enjoy the bathing experience as well. By being immersed in a whirlpool bath, they maintain their privacy and dignity.
In addition, caregivers will find it easier to provide assistance. When the resident is immersed in water, they are slightly buoyant and more readily mobile. The caregiver will have better access to the resident’s body and be able to provide better hygiene assistance. This leads to a more effective and enjoyable bathing experience for everybody.