"Back" to Basics with the Chiropractor

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Ever since I had the motorcycle incident when I was 20 years old living in L.A., I’ve had chronic back pain. I’ve been to chiropractors in every city I’ve lived in, but none have recommended a nice warm bath to help in the healing. Today I was talking to a friend and he said that I should introduce TUBSKY to a chiropractor friend of his and it suddenly hit me: “a bath is relaxing to the back but scrubbing the tub is sheer torture for your back”. Maybe this is why no one ever recommended a bath to me. But now, with this luxury bathtub sheet, your back doesn’t have to suffer before bathing PLUS you can put padding under this sheet to make your bath soft.

The following is an excerpt written by David Jones about why bathing is good for your back and how to maximize the chiropractic benefits of a warm bath:

With all of the pain medications, invasive procedures that are out there today, in order to improve and prevent back and joint pain, it seems like it takes multiple treatments and lots of money in order to truly find the lasting pain relief that many of us want to have. As it turns out, there may be some pretty simple ways to find pain relief that are not only inexpensive, but are highly effective and have been used by humans for thousands of years.

Run a hot bath & trap a ball between your body & the bottom or back of the tub to rub your back muscles — your buoyancy allows for excellent control over moderate pressures.

Run a hot bath & trap a ball between your body & the bottom or back of the tub to rub your back muscles — your buoyancy allows for excellent control over moderate pressures.

In particular, I'm talking about the miraculous healing capabilities that warm water can provide, often in the form of a simple bath. I think I'd be pretty hard pressed to find someone out there who doesn't enjoy a warm bath at least on occasion, and it only helps to know that this indulgence can be incredibly beneficial to a person's overall health and wellness. As I learned from an article that was written by the Arthritis Foundation, here are some of the many reasons why more and more chiropractors are recommending warm baths for their patients.

People who suffer from a whole host of conditions, from chronic back pain to sciatica to arthritis, can benefit from taking a soak in a warm bath. Here's how to do it right, so you get the most benefits from it for your health.

  1. First, you have probably noticed that I keep using the word "warm", as opposed to "hot". Water that is truly hot (over 104 degrees) can actually place unnecessary stress on the heart, which can lead to increased blood pressure and other cardiovascular health issues over time. Stick to warm temperatures (between 92 to 100 degrees) for the sake of your heart.

  2. When you get settled into the tub, your first instinct is to probably just lie back and not move a muscle if you can help it. However, considering one of the main benefits of a warm bath is that it improves flexibility in the joints, you will actually want to move around a little bit. One interesting trick to try is to place a tennis ball between the small of your back and the bottom of the tub, then gently lean into it and roll up and down to loosen your muscles.

  3. You can also add some bath salts to the water while it's running for added benefits.

Feel free to pamper yourself and take warm baths at least once a week to relax your muscles and improve joint and back pain and stiffness.

Used under Creative Commons Licensing courtesy of David Jones

Bathe easy!


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