The Effects of Hydrotherapy on Hypertension

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Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a serious medical condition that can lead to kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and other complications. If left untreated, hypertension can eventually lead to death. The elderly are at greater risk from hypertension than younger people as it can be more difficult to treat. Fortunately, there are therapeutic options that can be applied as part of an overall hypertension treatment program.

What Causes Hypertension?

The exact causes for hypertension are not exactly known. However, there are quite a few lifestyle factors that seem to contribute to hypertension such as stress, sedentary lifestyle, and poor diet. Although diet can be controlled in a long-term care facility, dealing with stress or the sedentary lifestyle may pose additional challenges. Mitigating these factors in your residents’ lives can help them to manage their blood pressure.

Hydrotherapy for Hypertension

Hydrotherapy has been proven to boost cardiovascular function. A whirlpool bath is an effective method for promoting dilation of blood vessels and positively impacting cardiovascular function.  A study published in Minerva Medica demonstrated a decrease in human systolic and diastolic blood pressure during 30 min of head-out water immersion at 100°F.  The whirlpool bath will also have a calming effect on the resident and help them relax by calming the sympathetic nervous system. The same research paper cited a study that observed: “Ten minutes of immersions in whirlpools produced increases in pulse and finger temperature with increased feelings of well-being and decreased state anxiety.”

In Summary

High blood pressure can cause extensive damage to a person’s body. It is important to monitor your residents’ blood pressure and if elevated, seek a doctor-supervised program to manage it. Researchers have observed that hydrotherapy may be an effective component in programs for managing hypertension.

Contact us at Apollo Corporation for more information about our side- and end-entry whirlpool spas that are designed for absolute safety and ease of use in long-term care facilities. You can provide your residents with hydrotherapy as a part of their regular hygiene routine to improve their health and enjoyment of life.

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