Can A Hot Tub Cause Back Pain?

By Jon Filson

Hydropool Hot Tubs and Swim Spas

Can a Hot Tub Cause Back Pain


For those that suffer from chronic back pain, it can be unnerving to attempt a new form of treatment or relief for fear that it may actually cause symptoms to worsen. If you have wondered about the therapeutic benefits of soaking in a hot tub but are concerned if a hot tub can cause back pain, rest assured that hot tubs are one of the most beneficial ways to reduce pain, encourage blood flow and boost circulation.


In the article below, we will discuss some of the ways that soaking in a hot tubcan provide relief from back pain.


Hydrotherapy for Back Pain


In 2012, a survey was conducted by the American Physical Therapy Association which found that almost two-thirds of Americans will experience lower back pain at some point throughout their lives. So, can a hot tub really help relieve symptoms?


First, let's look at what hydrotherapy does, which is increase circulation which in turn soothes sore muscles and helps to relieve painful symptoms faster. It has also been shown to aid in boosting spinal flexibility, a helpful way to assist with spine stiffness which is commonly identified as the main factor that contributed to lower back pain.


Research Behind Hydrotherapy


We all know that soaking in a hot tub feels good, but what about the research that shows whether or not it is actually helpful for treating back pain? Here are a few leading sources that have published their findings:


    • In 2010, The Journal of Musculoskeletal Research performed a study which compared land-based exercises to hydrotherapy for treating lower back pain. They found that hydrotherapy fared better for overall spinal flexibility.
    • The American Cancer Society investigated a variety of alternative and complementary cancer therapies, including the use of warm water and hydrotherapy. They stated that applying heat reduces pain by expanding blood vessels, boosting circulation and relaxing muscles. The warm water in a hot tub is combined with even more benefits to soothe pain, such as the massaging water jets.
    • In the study mentioned earlier conducted by the American Physical Therapy Association, it was revealed that 72% of back pain sufferers used pain medication to help relieve symptoms. The American Physical Therapy Association has recommended that individuals that suffer from chronic pain try to incorporate natural strategies that provide pain relief and future flare-ups. By having a hot tub in your backyard, customized hydrotherapy massage programs which can be targeted specifically for back pain can be used on your schedule, at your convenience.

What to Look For in a Hot Tub


If you do suffer from back pain and are considering purchasing a hot tub, there are a few features that you should pay close attention to. The style of seating, heat controls, jet type and water pressure will all play an important role in soothing your back pain. Make sure to choose jets which have customizable positions, making your treatment more comfortable.

While using a hot tub is certainly not the only way to help relieve chronic back pain and other ailments, there are a few precautions that you should always keep in mind such as:


    • Consult with a physician prior to using a hot tub to treat a medical condition.
    • If taking any medications, make sure to review this with a physician first.
    • Strictly follow the temperature and soaking time limits as outlined in your manufacturer's hot tub guide.

Now that you know how a hot tub can provide some much-needed back pain relief, download a hot tub buyer’s guide to find out more about the therapeutic hot tubs we carry.

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