Arthritis Relief goes beyond Warm Water

28 January 2015

According to the Arthritis Foundation, warm water therapy works fabulous for all sorts of musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, low back pain and fibromyalgia. In fact, current studies show that warm water makes the joints looser, decreases pain, reduces inflammation and swelling plus increases circulation.

Bruce E. Becker, MD, director of the National Aquatics & Sports Medicine Institute at Washington State University in Spokane says that patients he has studied seem to get maximum benefits from soaking for 20 minutes. Dr. Becker also recommends that you stay hydrated by drinking water before and after a soak.

Recommendations for Soaking

Use Warm not Hot Water: When you soak, specialists say that the water temperature should be between 92 and 100 degrees. This is vitally important, especially if you have problems with your cardiovascular system. Research claims that if the water is too hot, it can cause stress on the heart. In fact, health specialists suggest that hot baths may be dangerous for people suffering heart disease, diabetes, low or high blood pressure, circulatory system problems and pregnant women. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, temperatures over 104 degrees is considered dangerous for everyone.

Warm Bath Combined with Movement: A warm water soak is perfect for relaxing. Warm water increases blood flow to frozen joints and stiff or sore muscle. For ultimate benefits, mild stretching while you are soaking is recommended. Low impact stretching loosens the tendons and muscles and eases discomfort in inflamed areas. The suppleness lasts even after you finish your soak. Jets and shower massages are also very beneficial. The warm water combined with the massage may help relieve discomfort and pain. In truth, many specialists recommend at least a warm water shower massage if you do not have a tub with jets.

Controlling the Temperature with a Mixer Tap

As we know, it is important that your water temperature is warm and not hot. Unfortunately, this can be a difficult task when it comes to most water taps. A traditional connection includes two taps. One connection is for the cold water supply and one is for the hot. However, a mixer tap has a single flow of water with just one spout. The water flow and temperature is controlled by a lever on the wall or bench off to the side of the spout.

The mixer tap can be utilized in a bath, shower, kitchen sink or utility sink in the laundry. It also gives you the ability to switch flows from the shower accessory to the mixer tap. It is very useful in small bathrooms that do not have room for a separate shower. Instead, you can use the mixer tap to make a nice warm shower bath.

What is more, individuals who have rheumatism or arthritis find traditional taps to be quite difficult to maneuver. But with a mixer tap you can set the temperature as the water flows out with an easy-to-use single lever.

Mixer taps are a simple solution for perfect warm temperatures so you can take a beneficial warm bath or shower.

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