According to NHS statistics, back pain is the largest single cause of disability in the UK. Lower back pain alone accounts for around 11% of this. If you regularly suffer from lower back pain, whether as a result of a chronic condition or due to lifestyle choices such as working at a desk, there are steps you can take to help yourself. In particular, a hot tub can have a positive impact when it comes to reducing daily discomfort and helping to pave the way for recovery.
What causes lower back pain?
Lower back pain may be the result of a medical condition, such as sciatica, or it could be caused by something like a strained muscle. Living with back pain on a daily basis may mean that you experience constant stiffness, pain when moving or that you find it difficult to sit or stand in a specific position. Although back pain is a common complaint in the UK, that doesn’t mean that you have to suffer on an ongoing basis. There are solutions for easing and reducing back pain that don’t involve expensive treatment or drugs.
Hot tubs and lower back pain
There are three key ways in which a hot tub can positively affect your lower back pain:
- The application of heat. The warmth of the water in a hot tub has an instant calming and soothing effect on the human body, helping to ease out muscles and relax tightness. Improved circulation boosts blood flow, which is essential for allowing more oxygen-rich blood to get to your muscles to help them recover more quickly. That means that lower back pain is minimised and you may find mobility is easier after a hot tub session, simply thanks to the warmth of the water.
- The impact of buoyancy. Bodyweight is reduced by 90% in a hot tub (when your entire body up to your neck is in the water) and this can provide essential relief for anyone with lower back pain. In the water your body is supported, removing the pressure of gravity that can really take its toll. Bones, joints and muscles are free from the pressure of supporting your body while in the hot tub and, as a result, pain is reduced.
- The effect of hydromassage. Most hot tubs offer a range of different options when it comes to massage jets and these can be essential for lower back pain relief. Jets that can be positioned directly onto the back and focused specifically on the area where you’re feeling discomfort can help to ease out tension and reduce the pain that you’re experiencing, not just while in the water but when you get out of the hot tub too. Not every hot tub is the same when it comes to the effectiveness of the massage jets so it’s worth going for quality to ensure you get maximum impact.
Hot tubs can offer essential relief from lower back pain without the need for drugs.