How do you choose the best hot tub for back pain?
We’ve helped 100’s of people find relief from their everyday pains with our spas! If you have back pain, especially lower back pain, you know it can be not only frustrating but downright debilitating.
You’ve probably spent time looking everywhere for some relief!
Since we rely on our backs to support us while sitting, standing, walking, and everything in between, an aching back puts a damper on everyday life.
While a number of remedies exist, one of the most pleasant and therapeutic can be accessed right in your own backyard: a hot tub.
Here, we’ll show you how a hot tub can reduce your lower back pain, all while providing rest, relaxation, and other health benefits.
Causes of Lower Back Pain
Although nearly everyone has experienced lower back pain at some point, it may be for vastly different reasons.
After all, lower back pain can be caused by everything from herniated discs to infections. However, some of the most common culprits are:
- Injured or strained muscles.
- A pinched nerve.
All three of those common causes can be treated with the help of a hot tub. That’s because heat therapy can soothe muscles, joints, and nerves alike.
How Hot Tubs Can Help with Back Pain and Offer Relief
Whether your back pain stems from a temporary injury or a chronic condition, a hot tub can help reduce your pain and encourage healing.
That’s because the toasty water of a hot tub comes with a number of proven physical benefits.
- Relaxation of sore, tight muscles.
- Reduced pressure on aching joints.
- Increased blood flow for faster healing.
Those benefits provided by a hot tub aren’t just theoretical, either. Several peer-reviewed studies have backed them up, including one published in the Australian Journal of Physiotherapy in 1991.
The study, titled: “Hydrotherapy and chronic lower back pain: A pilot study,” examined the effects of spas and hot tubs and how warm water therapy helped patients with recurring lower back pain.
At the end of the study, 74 percent of the participants that used a hot tub reported a reduction in their pain levels, and none reported an increase.
Using our spas also gives you a peaceful time of reflection. The serenity hot tubs offer can’t be beat.
And if you’re looking for a chance to do some exercise without putting any pressure on your joints you should check our our line of swim spas.
Our swim spas let you have a swimming pool on one side with an endless lap pool and a hot tub on the other.
Your kids or grandkids can enjoy the water and you can have a little space so you can enjoy it too.
Swim spas have exploded in popularity in the last few years with many people choosing them over the traditional swimming pool.
Swimming can help with some cases of pain by loosening up your muscles.
So, if you suffer from either chronic or situational lower back pain, chances are that a hot tub can give you the relief you need.
3 Tips for Treating Your Lower Back Pain With a Hot Tub
To ensure that you see the best possible results from spa therapy, consider these three tips before jumping in the hot tub:
1. See a Physician Before You Get in Your Hot Tub
A professional physician can provide you with the information you need to effectively treat your pain.
For instance, they can tell you if the pain you’re experiencing is due to an injury, a chronic condition, or something else. Then, they’ll be able to help you customize your hot tub regimen for your particular condition.
Massage is often one of the best ways a hot tub can help with pain. We have hot tubs that target your back with the perfect number of jets and pressure from strong pumps to loosen those tight muscles.
Powerful jets can make a big difference in tension relief and recovery.
Some doctors also suggest spending some time in saunas!
Each person can work with their doctor to create a care plan that works for you.
We want you to be able to leave your time in your hot tub feeling relaxed and ready to take on the day (if you like to soak in the morning) or ready to get the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had (if you like to soak at night!)
2. Take It Easy and Get a Massage
The hydrotherapy provided by hot tubs is indisputably beneficial in many ways. However, you don’t want to irritate your lower back even further by exposing it to excess heat over a prolonged period of time.
How long to sit in hot tub for pain?
When you’re first starting to use your hot tub for your back pain, keep the temperature a few degrees below the maximum and limit your sessions to 15 minutes. This will let the spas jets gently massage away your pain.
There’s not much better than someone that never gets tired giving you a massage. Thanks hot tub!
Once your body gets used to the treatment, you can increase the temperature and time limit as needed.
Hot tubs help with inflammation too! You can have better mobility and experience less pain by using a hot tub to ease your mild to severe inflammation.
While you’re in the water, your body will feel reduced pressure from the buoyancy you get from soaking in your hot tub.
It’s a little like floating!
Your body weight can be reduced by almost 90% – which means your joints and muscles will thank you as they feel instant relief.
Healthline mentions body pain relief, muscle relaxation, and stress relief as three of the 7 Benefits of Soaking in a Hot Tub.
Spas just serve as a great aid in easing lower back pain!
Feel free to head to your hot tub right now if you’re looking for back pain relief. We can wait….
3. Consider Cold Therapy, Too
To complement the therapeutic effects of your hot tub, you can also soothe your lower back pain with cold therapy (click here to learn more about the benefits of a hot and cold spa treatment).
While hot water increases blood flow and promotes relaxation, a cold treatment like an ice pack can reduce inflammation and numb nerve endings.
Many doctors say ice is the preferred treatment for acute injury to your back. Hot and cold can work together!
In general, cold therapy should be used after your soak in the hot tub. This way, your lower back will relax in the hot water and get plenty of circulation before being numbed by a cold therapy treatment.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to care for and curb your lower back pain and speed up the healing process from the comfort of your own hot tub.
Ready to shop for a spa that offers the hot water therapy you’re looking for? Check this out!
One of our best hot tubs for pain is the Dr. Wellness G-12 Tranquility Spa with 60 powerful jets in all the right places.
It’s perfect for your body, specifically your back but also has strategically placed neck, shoulder, calf & foot jets and cushioned headrests. It’s one of our top selling spas!
Not only does it provide hydrotherapy that is great for your back but it’s also built for entertaining! Welcome to the hot spot.
This hot tubs Premium Multi-Color Light Package with perimeter lighting will light up the night and comes with other accessories like an underwater light, lit fountain jets, and lit cup holders.
With easy water care, you won’t have to worry about spending more time taking care of your spa than being in it. You want to spend your time in the tub not working on it.
It’s also ready for the party with a Bluetooth audio package with built-in speakers and a subwoofer.
You’ll never want to leave the water!
Why shop with Aqua Living?
Shopping with us for your hot tub or swim spa means you get the highest quality product, superior customer service, and the best prices available.
We are committed to providing our customers with the very best products and services – so you can rest assured knowing you’re making an educated decision backed by a company that cares about its customers.
We want you to want to share your review of our hot tubs and hear you shout from the rooftop how much you love your hot tub.
Shop our collection of spas and take home the hot tub or swim spa of your dreams!