8 Myths About Hydrotherapy That Surprised Most Seniors

Are you a senior in pain? Hydrotherapy is one of the best pain relief therapies out there. Through the application of hot or cold water via a whirlpool, steam room, bath or other methods, hydrotherapy can be used to treat a variety of conditions and illnesses that many seniors suffer from on a daily basis. Seniors suffering from arthritis, headaches, colds, stomach problems, or even muscle and joint pain may find plenty of relief in hydrotherapy provided it is applied correctly. As one of the safer treatment options out there, hydrotherapy is a no-brainer for many seniors in need of some relief. If you are senior suffering from pain it may be time to try this more natural therapy option. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about hydrotherapy many seniors are not aware of. And on that note, here are the top 8 myths about hydrotherapy that have surprised most seniors.

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MYTH: The effects of hydrotherapy are all mental.

This is also false. Hydrotherapy can provide physical changes in the body that can help relieve pain. For one, hydrotherapy works to increase blood flow. Additionally, activities like swimming can take weight off of a joint to provide relief from joint pressure contributing to pain. Water activities like swimming also provide resistance to joints, strengthening your muscles.

MYTH: Hydrotherapy can't help arthritis.

Hydrotherapy can in fact help arthritis patients. While many believe that arthritis is caused by deteriorating joints, this is not true. In fact, it is a type of autoimmune disorder that attacks the joints causing inflammation and pain. Water therapy can help reduce inflammation, thereby reducing pain and damage to the joint.

MYTH: Hydrotherapy doesn't do anything for pain.

It’s no myth that hydrotherapy works for pain. Hydrotherapy can relieve pain for seniors when applied correctly. For instance, an ice bath can reduce pain caused by inflammation and can also numb areas of pain. Sometimes warm water can help aching pains and joint pains. However, everyone is different and might not respond to hydrotherapy in the same way. It is important to not that while it can relieve pain, it will not cure pain.

MYTH: Hydrotherapy's uses are limited to physical pain.

Hydrotherapy doesn’t in fact only work for physical pain. Many people suffering from mental anguish or conditions like depression may also find relief from hydrotherapy. Through the soothing and calming effects of water, many individuals from stress or depression can find relief from water, whether it’s a bath, a steam room or a shower.

MYTH: Hydrotherapy can be used instead of medication.

Hydrotherapy should not be thought of as a replacement for medications you may be taking. The effects of hydrotherapy are only temporary and cannot be used in place of actual medications you may need to recover from any condition you are suffering from. However, if you are taking pain medication for instance hydrotherapy may reduce the frequency in which you need medication. For severe pain, a combination of medication and hydrotherapy may provide you with more relief.

MYTH: Hydrotherapy is always safe for everyone.

Hydrotherapy not be safe under all circumstances. For instance, if you are suffering from blood pressure problems, stepping into a hot tub could be problematic to say the least. Additionally, if you are suffering from a breathing problem, a heart problem or a chest infection, you may need to avoid hydrotherapy. Using hydrotherapy when you have an open wound can be a problem as well since the wound could become infected. Likewise, seniors suffering from incontinence should avoid hydrotherapy.

MYTH: Medicare will not cover hydrotherapy-related durable goods.

This is at least somewhat false. Medicare can in fact cover durable goods such as walk-in hot tubs for the home if the senior is considered homebound, or rather not able to leave the home, and they need a hot tub as a medical necessity. In that circumstance, Medicare may likely cover it. Unfortunately, under Medicare most seniors do not qualify. Additionally, it should be noted that durable goods should suitable for medical needs and should be able to last at least three years.

MYTH: I can get pre-approved for a walk-in tub.

Medicare will not reimburse a walk-in tub until after your purchase. Only until you have purchased the tub can you ask for reimbursement, which means you’ll need to have the money to purchase it and you’ll have to risk not being reimbursed for it. Further, the walk-in tub must be considered an absolute medical necessity with a prescription.