Bathtubs: The Big, The Bold, and The Beautiful

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by Alan Knight


Bathtubs have been symbolic of the so-called “good life” since the days of antiquity. Nero, the infamous Roman emperor who initiated centuries of Christian persecution, probably had one of the nicest bathtubs of them all. It’s on display at the Vatican Museum. Ricky J. McRoskey, who sometimes writes for the Catholic Business Journal, saw it during a visit to Rome. 

“This was no ordinary tub. Crafted at the emperor's behest from some of the heaviest and most expensive marble in the world, the circular sculpture has a roughly 25-foot radius and weighs thousands of pounds.  Perched on curvaceous stone legs, it's smooth, purple, and gorgeous, and essentially looks like a colossal birdbath,” McRoskey wrote. 

“When I looked at Nero's tub, I couldn't help but marvel at its intoxicating magnificence, its size, its opulence, and begin to imagine servants filling the basin with warm water for Nero to bathe in a sea of suds.  How amazing, I thought, would it be to clean off in a bathtub half the size of a bedroom?  How cool would that be?  It was so polished, so deft, so clean, so sleek... So... That's when the word finally came to me: seductive.”

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Nero wasn’t trying to keep up with the Joneses. He was the guy other Romans wanted to keep up with but probably couldn’t.  According to McRoskey, “One could not take sight of this tub and not want to bathe in it, or at the very least show it off to his neighbors.  It was indeed beautiful.”

The tub was made of purple marble. Purple was the color of royalty, and this type of marble was very desirable for its regal appearance. Purple marble was the hardest available in ancient Rome, and it was prized for monuments and building projects. The dimensions of Nero’s bathtub are not available, but from the pictures it appears to be at least four feet in height. Nero must have had a small ladder to climb in and out of it. 

Extravagant bathtubs have symbolic value and people recognize that. Any man or woman who can spend money on something as frivolous as a fancy and expensive bathtub would have to be successful and prosperous. Because of their symbolic value, bathtubs have been used as props in movies for a long time. There are numerous memorable movie scenes which portray characters living large as they bathe in their beautiful tubs. 

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In 1954, iconic sex symbol Marilyn Monroe was filmed taking a luxurious bubble bath in The Seven Year Itch. Somehow, she had gotten her big toe stuck in the spout. Happens all the time, right? The plumber who came to her rescue, a blue collar hero if ever there was one, nervously dropped his wrench in the tub. He was apologetic as he reached around in the water to retrieve it. “That’s alright,” Monroe told him. That scandalous bathtub scene was removed from the film by censors.

In 1964, Cleopatra featured the incomparable Elizabeth Taylor looking her best in a circular bath made of marble. Although the marble was probably not as rare and expensive as the purple marble in Nero’s tub, Cleopatra’s bathtub looked very nice. It appeared to be large enough to fit eight people or more. There was ample room for Cleopatra’s boat and her other floating toys. In one decade, the times, and the standards for censorship of bathtub scenes had changed. Unlike Marilyn’s scene, Liz Taylor’s bathtub scene was not deleted from the final cut of the movie. 

Nearly twenty years later, Al Pacino was featured in a memorable bathtub scene as the violent drug lord Scarface. The tub looked very similar to the one in Cleopatra. Scarface was smoking a cigar and seemed to have it all, including a beautiful wife and a beautiful home with a big beautiful tub. Unfortunately, he didn’t seem to be happy with all that he had. While he bathed, he chastised his wife for sitting around all day and told her to get a job as a nurse or something.

A master bathroom in a typical home could never fit a bathtub like Nero’s, or Cleopatra’s, or Scarface’s. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a movie star or a despotic tyrant to take a luxurious bath in a glamorous tub. You don’t have to spend a fortune to install a beautiful and functional bathtub, which could be the centerpiece of your bathroom. A tub like the one Marilyn Monroe appeared in could fit in many bathrooms. You can live large in your own tub in your own home.  Tub King can help.

For example, a traditional rolled top tub can make a statement without breaking the bank.  It brings back the look and feel of the early to mid-twentieth century.  Tubs with cast iron exteriors and porcelain interiors are available in a wide range of colors from Tub King. Legs can be finished in chrome, brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, or in colors to fit any d├ęcor.   The rolled rim version comes in lengths of 48 inches, 54 inches, 60 inches or 66 inches.  These tubs are affordably priced with models available for under a thousand dollars. 

Another popular tub that can add a touch of elegance to many bathrooms is the Dual Ended tub.  It has a gentle slope on each end of the tub with a center drain and center faucet holes. It provides perfect balance and comes with a pedestal base or legs in whatever finish the customer prefers. Finally, the Double Slipper tub is a sight to behold.  With a high back on each end of the tub, the Double Slipper hearkens back to a more glamorous era, perhaps the Roaring Twenties. At over 72 inches in length, it can easily accommodate two consenting adults. 
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In this article, I discussed Nero’s bathtub, which is on display at the Vatican. I also discussed several other beautiful bathtubs that have been used in movies. Those movies include Seven Year Itch, Cleopatra, and Scarface. I’ve mentioned that a nice bathtub can be an affordable luxury for homeowners. A beautiful new bathtub can be very affordable with prices starting under $1,000.

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Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville,  Florida
He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. In addition to providing superior products, Tub King has been honored with “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Awards” for four years running. If you would like to contact Alan Knight, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

THE WALK IN TUB IS A GREAT WAY TO DEAL WITH SORE MUSCLES

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By Alan Knight

Yes, we all deal with sore muscles.  It is not the worst case of physical maladies, but we hate it none the less.  It not only creates nagging pain, but it also immobilizes us to an extent.  If it is alters our lifestyle negatively, and limits our ability to function normally, we want it to stop.  It may be common, but it is uncommonly annoying.  Let's take a look at how it comes about, how it affects us and how we can deal with it.

Let's first examine what causes muscle soreness, cramps, sprains and strains.  General soreness after exertion (Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is typically caused by micro tears in the muscle.  Over time as the muscles rebuild themselves stronger to accommodate the activity, soreness should decrease.  A muscle cramp is a strong, painful contraction or tightening of a muscle that comes on suddenly and lasts from a few seconds to several minutes.  It can be linked to a variety of causes, including:

         Exercise, injury or overuse
         Blood flow problems
         Lack of minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium
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         Dehydration (we see this a lot with athletes)
         Certain medications

A muscle “sprain” is an injury to a ligament (tissue that connects two or more bones at a joint.)  In a sprain, one or more ligaments is stretched or torn.  A muscle “strain” is an injury to a muscle or a tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bones).  In a strain, a muscle or tendon is stretched or torn.  Sprains and strains are generally caused by trauma (falls, twists, impacts or overuse.)

Always remember, if pain is severe or incapacitating, please see your health care professional.  This blog is for information only, and is not intended to replace trained medical advice.

Let's look at some “common sense” home treatments for sore muscles:

REST.  Sometimes the best thing one can do is to do nothing at all.  If you rest up for a couple of days, general muscle soreness should pass on its own.  Of course, for many of us, when things get busy at work or in the garden, rest isn't easy to come by, so do what works best for you.

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MOVEMENT.  If you're just stiff and sore, more of what got you that way may be the answer.  Over time, your muscles will build and strengthen and you'll be able to do more with less discomfort.  I know if I sit too much (like researching and writing this blog), I get awfully stiff.  Just getting up and moving around and doing some gentle stretching works wonders.  Our muscles tend to want to stay doing whatever they're doing unless we force them to change.  If you're tensed up, they'll stay tensed until you do something about it.  Stand up, walk, run, stretch, and do gardening – do whatever you can to be active so you can stay active as you age.

EPSOM SALTS.  I know what you're thinking.  “That's an old fashioned remedy.”  Well, it may be but it sure seems to work.  Tried and true, a cup or two of Epsom salt dissolved in a warm tub of water works wonders for aching muscles.  Use warm, not hot, water.  Warm water will dry out your skin less than hot water.  Soak for 15 minutes or until the water has cooled, up to three times per week.  Not recommended for those with health conditions such as heart problems, high blood pressure or diabetes.  How does Epsom salt work?  Epsom salt is made of magnesium sulfate.  Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant, and as a salt they may help to pull excess fluids out of the tissues, reducing swelling.



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One of the more entertaining “folk” remedies for treating sore muscles is that of consuming APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.  Those who recommend it suggest mixing a tablespoon or two in a glass of water and drinking it down, or even taking it straight like a shot.  A variation of this is a fellow who drank raw pickle juice and achieved similar results.  But I digress...

PROPER DIET is always good advice for dealing with almost any physical problem.  Plan a diet that includes keeping hydrated.  If your muscles are sore from intense activities such as weightlifting, your muscles are rebuilding themselves, needing water and lots of protein.  Aim to take 1   gram of protein per day for ever pound of lean body mass you have.  Here is an example, a 160 lb. Man at 20% body fat would want to take in approximately 130 grams of protein per day.  This will speed up recovery time considerably, as well as prevent muscle loss from poor nutrition.  Take protein 15 to 45 minutes after workout for best results.  Another thing, drink lots of water while you work out and throughout the day.  Your muscles need water to function at their peak, and your body needs water to repair your muscles.

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MASSAGE your muscles.  When you exercise to exhaustion, tiny tears occur in muscle fibers.  The body's natural response to these tears is inflammation.  Massage helps reduce the amount of cytokines the body produces, which plays a role in inflammation.  Massage also seems to increase the amount of mitochondria in your muscle, which enhances the muscles' ability to extract oxygen.  Two things I recommend:  First seek out a good massage therapist and allow them to work on your sore muscles.  Massage therapy is relaxing, meditative, and healing.  Second, learn to massage the muscles yourself.  Depending on location of the soreness, you can try to give yourself a massage.  Use a combination of your thumbs, knuckles and palms to work deep into the muscle tissue.  If you are massaging a sore muscle, don't focus on the middle of the sore muscle.  Focus more on the connections at each end.  This will help the muscle to relax more quickly.  If the muscles are along the back and neck, see a massage therapist.  These areas are dangerous to massage with proper training.

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THE WALK IN TUB has done more to relieve sore muscles than any modern medical device that has come along in recent years.  First, it is designed for comfort and safety.  Each tub is built to stand upright so there is no stepping down into a deep (below floor level) spa.  It has a water-tight door for entry and a low threshold (approximately 6 inches) for entering the tub.  This was designed to eliminate the possibility of falling while entering the tub or exiting.  The seat inside the tub is ADA compliant and is contoured for the back and comfort.  The tub is filled with warm water to soothe the body, but offers the added bonus of air jets and water jets to massage the body.  The water jets can be adjusted to reach any part of the body and the massage action is thorough.  A few minutes in a Walk in Tub can truly make a difference for those dealing with sore muscles.  Many athletes find the Walk in Tub to be a life saver.

Yes, we all deal with aching muscles, but we don't have to suffer.  There are solutions so don't give up or give in to pain.

In this article I have discussed several way to deal with muscle aches and pains along with ways to reduce your overall pain levels as well. These include nutrition, diet, soaking in Epson salts, massage and water therapy with a walk-in tub.

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Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I will personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.
 
Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville,  Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. In addition to providing superior products, Tub King has been honored with “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Awards” for four years running. If you would like to contact Alan Knight, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.
 

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Hydrotherapy and Walk-in Bathtubs

by Alan Knight

A Brief History of Hydrotherapy

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Human beings have been soaking in water for therapeutic purposes since the days of antiquity. Some of the earliest documentation of hydrotherapy was by the Greek physician Hippocrates. Chinese, Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations all have records of the medicinal uses of hydrotherapy.

Hippocrates promoted bathing in spring water. Ancient Rome created communal public baths. The Egyptians believed that adding aromatic oils and flower essences would aid in healing. Practices changed and evolved, and people continued to experience the healing benefits of hydrotherapy.

Natural Springs and Hydrotherapy

Wherever there are natural springs throughout the world, there are people who go to them to soak, to be healed by them, and just to relax in them. Some of the most famous places to “take the waters” in Europe are:

Tuscany, Italy, where the waters at thermal spa resorts are replenished every four hours by a volcanic spring.

The city of Bath in Great Britain, where the healing waters of Britain’s only thermal spring have been enjoyed by everyone from the Saxons to the Celts. The name of the city is no coincidence. (Which goes to prove that even back then there were marketers.)

Carlsbad, Czech Republic, a Bohemia spa town founded in the 14th century. The mineral waters there are reputed to have external and internal healing properties. Visitors can drink from the springs at several of the town’s historic colonnade complexes.

Florida’s Springs

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One of the most famous springs of them all is The Fountain of Youth, which is just south of Jacksonville in St. Augustine. Ponce DeLeon and his crew travelled a long way to find it. There’s no swimming, but tourists can drink a bit of water from it.

Visitors can swim in De Leon Springs, which is about 60 miles south of St. Augustine. It’s estimated that Native Americans used those springs going back as many as 6,000 years. Late in the 19th century, De Leon Springs became a winter resort that attracted wealthy northerners.

Yet another popular resort was built around Wakullah Springs south of Tallahassee by financier Edward Ball.  The Lodge at Wakullah Springs is still in operation and visitors continue to flock to it to swim and soak in the springs.

There are many other lesser known springs in Florida, including Blue Springs near Daytona, Ginnie Springs near Gainesville, Salt Springs and Silver Glen Springs south of Palatka, and many others. Floridians and visitors from other states continue to soak in them.

Closer to Jacksonville, the city of Green Cover Springs was a popular resort in the 19th century. These days, no swimming is allowed in the actual spring. However, water from the spring directly supplies and flows through a nearby municipal swimming pool.

Modern Hydrotherapy

Most people know that it is important to drink enough water. However, they may not realize that water applied externally can also treat illness or injury and promote health. This is a holistic type of therapy. Water is naturally soothing, making hydrotherapy an excellent choice for anyone interested in a treatment to help relieve stress. Hot water relaxes the muscles, stimulates the immune system, and causes blood vessels to dilate.

Bathers often experience greater invigoration and more fulfilling periods of relaxation. Modern hydrotherapy is the treatment of injury and illness through the use of hot and cold water. Hydrotherapy can help rid the body of toxins that may cause joint pain and inflammation. It can help in relaxing muscles and it relieves pressure on joints and bones.

Hydrotherapy has become a popular home health treatment, especially among injured people and the elderly. Many walk-in bathtubs feature therapeutic massage jets. Some manufacturers offer dual systems, incorporating both air and water jets. Hydrotherapy has commonly been used to alleviate pain associated with arthritis, blood circulation, fibromyalgia, and other infirmities. Water jets are designed to move water vigorously, while air jets represent a gentler form of hydrotherapy.

Depending on your objectives, the water temperature can be adjusted. The gentle pressure of circulating water can enhance the bathing experience. External hydrotherapy is a simple and effective treatment that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home with a walk-in bathtub. A walk-in bathtub with hydrotherapy can promote ongoing health and wellness. External hydrotherapy can ease stress, relax muscles, and relieve pressure on joints and bones.

Walk-in Bathtubs by Tub King

Tub King offers a completely therapeutic bathing experience that anyone can enjoy. If you find it challenging to get in and out of a traditional tub, a walk-in tub or safety shower could be  the answer for you. You'll experience the healing effects of water on joints and muscles. Our walk-in bath tubs are safe to get into and out of. They drain quickly, have easy to use controls and low maintenance requirements.

In business since 1993, our team has the knowledge and expertise to do the job right every time. All of our walk-in bath tubs come with hydrotherapy jets (hot air bubbles). An upgrade to Whirlpool jets is also available. Your invigorating experience in our walk-in tubs will relieve stress and inflammation, ease muscle strains, cramps, back and neck pain. You can finally enjoy a soothing bath again! 



The Seaspray 051

The “SeaSpray 051” is the perfect walk-in tub for smaller spaces. No remodeling is needed to bring through doorways! This Safety Walk-in Bathtub was designed to fit into your existing tub space.  The “Cascade Model” walk-in bath tub can easily be brought through any bathroom doorway without remodeling or widening the door frame. It is designed to fits in area that have space constraints. 

The Seaspray 051 holds 40 gallons of water. The patented lock system on the entry door has a water tight seal with a lifetime warranty and the entry door has an easy to use lever bar. This model is made of extra thick fiberglass sealed in gel coat and is designed to last a lifetime. The molded seat is 17 inches high to eliminate back strain when sitting and standing, while also providing back support and comfort.

The built-in grab bar for balancing and slip-resistant seat and surfaces prevent falls and the beautiful faucet set comes with a hand held shower. The hydrotherapy system features 18 air jets to provide therapeutic bubbles for easing pains and treating injuries.

The Seaspray 202

The SeaSpray 202 Walk in Tub is roomy and popular.   The “Seaspray” 202 model is Tub King’s tallest walk-in tub that provides easy access with a choice of entry door on the left or right. The  Seaspray 202 is specifically designed for tall people or those who weigh over 300 pounds.

Tub King has many great reviews and guarantees the lowest prices. Call today to arrange a consultation with a bathtub professional from Tub King.

In this article, I've discussed the benefits of hydrotherapy, some of the history of hydro-therapy, the natural springs of Florida, and walk-in bathtubs. If you’ve found this article helpful in any way, please post a comment and pass the article along to others.

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Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I will personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.
 
Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville,  Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. In addition to providing superior products, Tub King has been honored with “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Awards” for four years running. If you would like to contact Alan Knight, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.
 

Sciatica Can Be Very Painful... But the Walk-in Tub can help!

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Sciatica is leg pain caused by a pinched nerve in the lower back.  The sciatic nerve is a peripheral nerve made up of the spinal nerves that originate at L4, L5 and sometimes S1.  The most common cause of this nerve irritation is a disc problem, such as a bulging, herniated or a degenerative disc.  It can also come from having spinal arthritis that is inflaming the nerve, or possibly a misalignment in the lower spine or sacroiliac joint.  

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And let's not forget the cause of injury. I recently made a misstep on a rather slick hardwood floor while wearing socks.  I had two legs going in opposite directions... like the splits!  At age 66, my body is not wired for that kind of contortion.  There was an immediate pain in the hip.  Swelling and a large bruise on the upper thigh following.  After a couple of trips to the doctor, he concluded I had stretched by quad muscle severely and aggravated the nerve.  The sciatic nerve can be relentless unless we keep moving. Although the pangs begin in nerve roots located on either side of the lower spine, they then course through the sciatic nerve, which runs the length of each leg from the buttock down to the foot.  The leg agony is often worse than the back pain,” says William A. Abdu, MD, medical director of the Spine Center of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.  Usually felt in one leg, the sensation can be tolerable, says Birgit Ruppert, a physical therapist at the Spine Center.  Some people liken it to the nerve pain you experience if you have a toothache.

Pain relievers can definitely help.  I have used ibuprofen (a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory) to ease the distress.  Doctors sometimes prescribe muscle relaxants if painful muscle spasms accompany a disk herniation.  “These won't help with the pain caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve, “says A. Nick Shamie, MD, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

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Home remedies would start with proper exercises.    Moving is usually the last thing people dogged by sciatica want to do, but it's important to be physically active.  “Lying in bed makes it more likely that the pain will last longer, “says Ruppert.  Exercise increases blood flow to the disk and the nerve, helping to get rid of the chemicals causing the inflammation.”   Take 15 to 20 minute walks.  If that hurts too much, give swimming or water aerobics a try; there's not as much pressure on the back when you're in the water, says Ruppert. 


Another non-invasive form of treatment would be Massage Therapy.  Trigger point therapy is best, says Jeff Smoot, vice president of the American Massage Therapy Association.  The sciatic nerve sits underneath a muscle called the Piriformis, which is located beneath the glutes.  “When the Piriformis muscle gets tight, it pinches the sciatic nerve, causing tingling and numbness down into the leg, “says Smoot.  He applies pressure to irritated and inflamed areas, or trigger points, in the Piriformis muscle, as well as in muscles in the lower back and glutes to provide relief.  Typically, Smoot schedules treatments 7-10 days apart.  If patients don't see progress by the fourth visit, “they need to try another form of therapy, “he says.


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My wife and I recently purchased our Walk in Tub from Tub King, Inc.  The price was exceptionally good and the quality is better than most I've seen.  A few days ago, I decided to try it for the first time.  The tub comes with an upright construction, about 40 inches tall from the floor.  It has a door that allows you to enter and exit, without the extreme step-up on a traditional bathtub.  There is also a seat inside the tub, about 17 inches tall, like most comfortable chairs.  It is sculptured so that you can lean back in comfort.  I then filled the tub with warm, relaxing water.  After the water level had covered the water jets, I pressed the convenient button on the side of the tub and engaged the bubbler, immediately, thousands of warm relaxing bubbles and surging water began to fill the tub.  I could feel the results instantly.  I turn around and adjusted the water ports so that the jets were aimed directly at my problem area.  I was in heaven.  I remained in the tub for 25 minutes, and really didn’t want to leave.  A few minutes later, my wife recognized a change in my step and my demeanor.  “How was it, “she asked?
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“I think I will sleep well tonight, “I said.  And how right I was.  I didn't wake up a single time.  Plus, the next day I felt rested for the first time in a long time.  I suppose it was a combination of the warm water and the massaging action of the jets.  But more importantly, it was a therapy I could control and enjoy, any time I wanted.  The Walk in Tub was a great investment, and it has made dealing with pain a lot easier.

This article discusses how you can reduce back pain with various simple and natural methods. It also talks about the many benefits the walk-in tub provides for alleviating lower back pain. This article includes information about the available options to consider for getting the maximum therapeutic benefit from your walk-in tub.

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CAN THE WALK IN TUB HELP WITH BACK PAIN?

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By Alan Knight


If there is one ailment that is universally common with aging, it must be “Back Pain.”  No one is immune, not even celebrities.  Celebrity status may come with some perks, but it doesn't shield people from back pain.  George Clooney, People magazine's two-time sexiest man alive, sustained a severe back injury while on the set of Syriana in 2005.  Headaches and pain related to the injury were so profound and unrelenting that the actor said he thought about suicide, according to an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.  I know that we can injure our back at any age and pay for it even more as we age, but getting older brings on its own set of problems.  After a car accident about two years ago and a follow-up x-ray, the emergency room doctor revealed that I had traces of arthritis up and down my spine.  I had never really noticed it.  I figured that occasional pains in the lower back were just a part of living.  Today, at age 66, I can really feel the onset of some problems.  Sitting too long at my desk, really takes its toll.  Flying on an airline is very uncomfortable, and even long drives get to be a real pain.  The reality is, 80 percent of us at some point will feel the effects of back pain. Maybe we can't totally cure lower back pain, but surely there is a way to manage the pain.
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Stephanie Watson, writing in WebMD, along with a review by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS, gives several ways to manage low back pain at home.  Since about 1 in 4 Americans say they've had a recent bout of low back pain, maybe we should pay attention.  Here are some tips from her article:

CHILL IT.  Ice is best in the first 24 to 48 hours after an injury because it reduces inflammation, says E. Anne Reicherter, PhD, PT, DPT, associate professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine.  “Even though the warmth feels good because it helps cover up the pain and it does help relax the muscles, the heat actually inflames the inflammatory processes.  After 48 hours, you can switch to heat if you prefer.  Whether you use heat or ice—take it off after about 20 minutes if pain persists and talk with a doctor.”

KEEP MOVING.  Our spines are like the rest of our body—they're meant to move while doing your daily activities.  Make the beds, go to work, walk the dog.  The worst thing one can do when suffering with back pain is to become lathargic.  They imagine that giving the back plenty of rest will be the best remedy, so they lay on the couch for days.  Wrong!  Our body is not built to be an overweight house-cat.  We were all built to be thoroughbreds.

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STRETCH.  Don't sit slumped in your desk chair all day.  Get up every 20 minutes or so and stretch the other way.  Because most of us spend a lot of time bending forward in our jobs, it's important to stand up and stretch backward throughout the day.  Don't forget to also stretch your legs.  Some people find relief from their back pain by doing a regular stretching routine, like yoga.  People who participate in yoga or stretching classes are more likely to reduce their intake of pain meds compared to people who manage symptoms on their own, according to a 2011 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

THINK ERGONOMICALLY.  Design your work-space so you don't have to hunch forward to see your computer monitor or reach way out for your mouse.  Use a desk chair that supports your lower back and allows you to keep your feet planted firmly on the floor.

WATCH YOUR POSTURE.  Slumping makes it harder for your back to support your weight.  Be especially careful when lifting heavy objects.  Never bend over from the waist.  Instead, bend and straighten from the knees.

WEAR LOW HEELS.  Exchange your four inch pumps or flats or low heels (less than 1 inch).  High heels may create a more unstable posture, and increase pressure on your lower spine.

KICK THE HABIT.  Smoking can increase your risk for osteoporosis of the spine and other bone problems.  Osteoporosis can lead to compression fractures of the spine.  Recent research found that smokers are more likely to have low back pain compared with non-smokers.

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WATCH YOUR WEIGHT.  Use diet and exercise to keep your weight within a healthy range for your height.  Being overweight puts excess stress on your spine.

EXERCISE.  This is a great way to improve back strength and relieve chronic back pain.  Strengthening exercises like weightlifting not only help build bone density, they can ease back pain.  Although weightlifting can help reduce back pain, make sure you're doing it right.  Always warm up before hitting the weights, and practice good posture and proper breathing during your workout.

MAKE TIME FOR MASSAGES.  Massage therapy can also help soothe the sore area—a 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that massage therapy eased chronic low back pain and improved function even after six months.


Short video about the benefit for pain relief with the walk-in tub.

Many have asked whether or not the new Walk in Tub can help with back pain.  Imagine an upright bathtub with a door.  Entering the tub is easy.  There is no struggle to lift the legs over the wall of a conventional bathtub.  The step up is only 6 inches.  There is a seat that is contoured for the back and comfort.  Not only can you enjoy the benefits of warm water therapy, but the Walk in Tub is designed with both air and water jets.  Within easy reach and with the push of a button you can send soothing waves of relief to any part of the back.  The water jet ports are adjustable as to direction and pressure, so you can dial in your favorite setting.  The warm water jets will soothe the problem area.    The heat promotes blood flow to the inflamed part of the body, which allows the muscles to relax.  The pulsing action of the jets is like having a massage in your bathtub.  This is one home remedy that everyone should try. 

This article discusses how you can reduce back pain with various simple and natural methods. It also talks about the many benefits the walk-in tub provides for alleviating lower back pain. This article includes information about the available options to consider for getting the maximum therapeutic benefit from your walk-in tub.

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