As an aging person or someone with mobility issues, it may be difficult for you to get into a tub and take a long bath. With wet feet and slick floors, disasters are prone to occur in the bathroom. And imagine you need assistance bathing or entering and exiting a tub. What is thought to be a relaxing ritual may become a rather stressful task. Installing walk-in tubs for seniors and handicapped users can provide an effective solution to this situation. A walk-in tub’s low threshold door can facilitate getting in and out of the tub safely. Grab bars and seats can allow you to move in the tub independently. An abundance of features makes the activity more appealing.
With a walk-in tub from Ella’s Bubbles, it’s now more comfortable to enjoy endless baths. There are several therapeutic reasons why you should immerse in heated water.
Improves Joint, Muscle, and Bone Health
Water therapy can contribute much-needed aid to those undergoing musculoskeletal ailments like arthritis and lower back discomfort.
Taking a warm bath in a walk-in tub can help relax stiff joints and alleviate pressure from inflammation. Water immersion provides for decompression of the body, relieving swelling and promoting repair in the affected areas. Walk-in tubs are designed to contain more water than the standard bathtub, allowing for deeper immersion. You can also opt for the air and hydromassage systems with your walk-in tub to target common problem areas: the upper and lower back, behind the knees, and the bottom of the feet. These massage systems hit key pressure points to stimulate sore, aching muscles and joints to grant relief from discomfort and help you unwind.
Dual massage jets provide a leg massage system that separates the upper and lower hydromassage systems in your Ella walk-in bathtub for seniors so that users can treat their legs with the tub filled only halfway. For those who have joint issues, the jets can specifically target the lower extremities without the need to fill the bathtub to full capacity. This system is especially beneficial for those with poor, lower body circulation, like users with diabetes.
Benefits Heart Health and Circulation
Walk-in tubs for the elderly can also significantly help cardiovascular health. When immersed in a tub, the water’s pressure on the body displaces blood from the lower extremities upward. Thus, blood returns to the heart more easily.
The heart then pumps faster to redistribute the blood. At the same time, your blood pressure is lowered because the water pressure’s assistance reduces the strain on the blood vessels. With regular baths, your blood vessel’s ability to dilate improves, as well as the capacity of the heart to pump blood. A stronger heart prevents arrhythmias, and more elastic blood vessels relieve hypertension.
Oxygen Delivery Increases
Building on the benefits of warm baths on blood circulation, being immersed in warm water can positively influence your body’s overall oxygenation.
As mentioned, the pressure and heat from the warm water make the heart beat faster, and blood circulate more easily. Your blood carries oxygen from the lungs to the body’s different organs and tissues, and the better your blood circulates, the more oxygen your body receives.
Adequate oxygenation is essential for optimum organ function, reducing muscle pain, and preventing destructive free radicals.
Lowers Blood Sugar
Taking baths may also reduce blood sugar levels. Taking a warm bath may increase the rate at which a person burns calories and lowers blood sugar spikes. In conjunction with regular exercise, dietary control, and medication, users with diabetes might consider a regular dip in a walk-in tub to help manage blood sugar levels.
Depression is linked to low levels of serotonin. Research has demonstrated that the brain increases serotonin release in response to an increase in body temperature. In this way, a warm bath can be beneficial for those suffering from depression. While not a total replacement for exercise, warm baths may be an adjunct treatment to mood disorders like depression. Baths were previously a dreaded chore. A walk-in tub for the elderly can make relaxing in the bath much more accessible and appealing, especially for mobility issues. You can also add chromotherapy options to your walk-in tub to affect the body’s energy levels. This may have a positive effect on mood.
Baths don’t only promote relaxation. They can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep all night. Warm baths can stabilize circadian rhythms, the mechanism in the body that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. The body’s core temperature rises during the day. It falls at night, releasing a hormone called melatonin, which tells the body it’s time to get ready for sleep. Adding a warm bath to your routine can help get a disrupted circadian rhythm back on track. Once you step out of the warm water, your body’s core temperature will drop, which signals that it’s time for rest. This can help you fall asleep faster and get a better quality of sleep.
Alleviates Skin Conditions
Elderly people are more prone to skin conditions due to dry skin. Those with mobility issues may also have skin ailments because of increased friction from long periods of immobility. Luckily, a warm bath can help soothe skin conditions like eczema. The National Eczema Association suggests that taking a bath may relieve skin conditions better than showers because they allow the water to soak into the dry skin.
To maximize this benefit, you might also consider outfitting your walk-in tub with a microbubble therapy system. Microbubbles don’t reach the deep tissues as the hydromassage system does; instead, the bubbles exfoliate the skin. Bubbles that are .01mm in size penetrate pores, removing dirt and oil and leaving skin cleaner and healthier.