It’s widely accepted that a hot tub can be used to treat a number of different conditions and health problems; stress and high blood pressure being just two of them. There are however other lesser known uses that you can use your hot tub for, a good example being carpel tunnel syndrome and we’ve teamed up withto take a look at just a few of these.
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Carpel tunnel syndrome, for anyone who doesn’t know is a painful condition which affects the hand and fingers and is caused by the compression of the median nerve where it passes over the carpel bones. Symptoms can range from a tingling sensation, pain in the fingers and the hand in general and numbness. They are often much worse at night keeping the person awake. In many cases there is no evidence as to why the nerve has become compressed but certain things such as pregnancy, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and repetitive work with the hand all increase the risk of developing it. In the case of pregnancy, the symptoms often get better without treatment once the baby has been born but in other cases it may need treatment or even surgery to correct the problem. So what sort of treatment is available?
Seek Relief With A Hot Tub
If the symptoms are only mild then sometimes shaking the hand or wrist can relieve them, but with more severe symptoms using anti inflammatory drugs or a corticosteroid injection may help. Often a wrist splint is recommended to keep the wrist in a neutral position. So how can a hot tub help?
Hot water helps tendons and muscles relax and can reduce any swelling by aiding release of fluids. If the hot tub is alternated with a cold compress it can be even more effective. Exercises in the water such as finger stretching and bending and wrist exercises can help to increase mobility whilst supported by the water and can help relieve the pain and discomfort.