Arthritis is a condition experienced by around 10 million people in the UK, affecting people of any age and gender. With such a wide reach, many are seeking methods to reduce the severity of pain to the hands, spine, knees and hip joints caused by this condition. Hydrotherapy is a form of physiotherapy exercise that some sufferers are turning to in order to combat the debilitating symptoms.
Sometimes known as aquatic therapy, Hydrotherapy utilises the properties of warm water in order to facilitate the improved movement of joints which are stiff, ache or are painfully swollen. These areas are symptoms which are widely associated with both common types of arthritis: Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
- Osteoarthritis is caused by the mechanical wear and tear of joint. This condition affects around 8 million people.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis is attributed to an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the body’s joint. This condition affects more than 400,000 people in the UK and often starts when a person is between 40 and 50 years old.
Our Lay-Z-Spa customer Helen suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis and has experienced first-hand the positive affects her Lay-Z-Spa has had on her everyday life. Experiencing severe joint pain on several joint and very little mobility, Helen purchased her spa as she believed it would help her joints much better than a bath.
The warmth and water pressure stimulates the body’s circulatory system and consequently encourages the body to dispel swelling. In addition the warm water and reduction in gravity acts as a catalyst to ease stress on joints. This was the case for Helen who stated:
“The spa is a godsend – it relaxes my joints and the jets relaxes my muscles. I am not saying I am pain free and I still have to take strong medication but my spa helps me 100%.”
Her experience has been echoed by Arthritis Research UK who deem hydrotherapy beneficial for people with arthritis in just one or in many joints. Helen continues to use her spa daily: in the morning, afternoon and sometimes at night in order to manage her arthritis. She recommends that anyone looking to buy a spa and suffers from her condition should buy a Lay-Z-Spa Surround in order to help ease the process of getting in and out of the spa.