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Whirlpool Therapy

Physical therapy (also known as physiotherapy) is a popular treatment method for injuries, disease, and other health problems. Physical therapy programs are often used as natural alternatives to surgery or drugs. Physical therapy can also be used in coordination with those other treatment methods.

Whirlpools are commonly used in physical therapy programs to relieve pain and accelerate healing for injuries. By providing heat and pressure to the lower legs in a relaxed atmosphere, the patient's injuries are responding and healing at quicker rates than they did outside of the whirlpool baths. 

When the muscles have atrophied because of an extended illness or surgery recovery, a hydrotherapy whirlpool bath tub that immerses the lower legs into warm circulating water can be a practical way to get the muscles working well again.

Since the circulation of a diabetes patient can be compromised, soothing pain associated with circulation troubles and with numbness can be achieved with the use of a hydrotherapy whirlpool bath tub. This kind of bath tub will help the foot gently be massaged, which helps the foot begin to circulate blood more evenly.

The patient simply puts their foot into the hydrotherapy whirlpool bath tubs and allows it to soak for a prescribed amount of time. This therapy can be repeated over the course of days or weeks, depending on the condition of the patient and the recommendation of the physician.  While the tubs won't completely heal the poor circulation, there is significant evidence that using a whirlpool tub like this for therapy will reduce the possibility of ulceration and the need for amputation of the foot in severe cases.

Incorporating water therapy into a therapy regimen can be a welcome, pain free addition to a patient's healing.