One of the oldest forms of alternative therapy for pain relief has been soaking in warm water.
In fact, research has also shown water therapy to be beneficial in aiding in pain relief for muscular conditions such as fibromyalgia and lower back pain as well as inflammatory pain conditions such as osteoarthritis.
So why is soaking in warm water beneficial?
Research has showed that soaking in warm water makes you feel better. Soaking in warm water is also able to loosen joints. Warm water reduces the force of gravity that’s compressing the joint and can decrease inflammation, swelling and increase circulation which can aid in reducing pain experienced in the joint.
How do you soak in Warm water?
Before you soak in warm water ensure that you are hydrated and have had enough water throughout the day.
Temperature- Water temperatures between 33 and 38 degrees Celsius are recommended for a warm bath soak.
Time- 20 minutes is the suggested soaking time for maximum benefit
Extra tips- Add some Epson salts. Known scientifically as hydrated magnesium sulphate, Epsom salt is rich in both magnesium and sulphate.
Most Australians don’t get enough magnesium, a mineral that’s important for bone, muscular and heart health. Epsom salts are relatively inexpensive and be purchased from your local health food store and Pharmacy. Simply add 1- 2 cups in your warm water bath and soak up its benefits.
If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, please check with your doctor before using Epsom salts.
If you don’t have access to a bath, then Consider finding a warm water pool. Your local pool or gym may have a heated pool with the extra benefits of water exercises.
So take advantage of nature’s inexpensive pain therapy and soak up the benefits water has to offer.