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Spa Treatment for Your Aching Joints
- Maintaining the water temperature between 98°F and 104°F (between 83°F and 88°F if you are exercising in spa)
- Gradually building up the amount of time spent in the water
- Staying in the tub for 15 minutes or less
- Avoiding alcoholic beverages or taking pain medicine or muscle relaxers before or during spa use
- Getting out if you start to feel lightheaded or nauseous
- Do not soak immediately after a heavy meal
Your Own Spa
- Can you move around easily?
- Are the jets properly located to give you a good massage? Can you adjust them? Make sure the water pressure is not too powerful.
- Does the spa provide enough room to exercise?
- Is it easy to enter and exit? Can you add handrails, grab bars, or slip-resistant surfaces?
- Can you buy a cover lift to remove the lid? Covers keep the water warm and clean, but are quite heavy.
- Can you work the controls from inside the spa?
- Can you easily access the filter?
Soak It All In
American College of Rheumatology http://www.rheumatology.org
Arthritis Foundation http://www.arthritis.org
Canadian Association of Family Physicians http://www.cfpc.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index%5Fe.html
Bender T, Karagülle Z, Balint GP, et al. Hydrotherapy, balneotherapy, and spa treatment in pain management. Rheumatol Int. 2005;25(3):220-4.
Hot Tub Guide Buyers Checklist. Hot Tubs Guide website. Available at: http://www.hottubguide.com/pdfs/hot-tub-guide-checklist.pdf. Accessed December 26, 2012.
Safety. Association of Pool & Spa Professionals website. Available at: http://www.apsp.org/Public/Safety/SwimmingPool-WaterSafety/index.cfm. Accessed December 26, 2012.
Safety guidelines for hot tubs. Spa and Deck Creations website. Available at: http://www.spaanddeck.com/Spa%20tips%20and%20tricks/Safety%5FTips.htm. Accessed December 26, 2012.
Therapeutic Strategies for Osteogenesis Imperfecta: A Guide for Physical and Occupational Therapists. National Institues of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health%5FInfo/Bone/Osteogenesis%5FImperfecta/therapists%5Fguide.asp. Updated June 2005. Accessed December 26, 2012.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 12/2012
- Update Date: 12/26/2012