Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (D.O.M.S.)
According to Dr. Cynthia Labella, Associate Professor in pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, as reported by ABC News, kids are becoming increasingly competitive as athletes, spending more time on one sport. According to a study from the Government of Canada, almost 50% of students today participate in sports activities. According to the study, approximately 1 in 4 families have a child that plays soccer regularly.
Although adults are less likely to play in organized sport, Statistics Canada reports that on average, adults experience light exercise for about 4 hours a day, and more moderate or heavy exercise for approximately 20-35 minutes a day.
Ultimately, everyone young and old will experience muscle aches and pains throughout their lives. Massage therapy can be costly, time consuming, and difficult to access. According to a study performed through the University of Alabama and published in The Journal of Rheumatology, over the counter pharmaceuticals are becoming increasingly popular in young and old as a means of managing the pain of sore muscles.
A number of studies have been performed measuring the impact of hydrotherapy on muscle strength, soreness and recovery after exercise. According to studies performed at Gannon University and the University of Pittsburgh, “During whirlpool therapy, heating and cooling of tissues occurs through conduction. Warm and cold whirlpools [are] especially useful to decrease swelling, muscle spasm, and pain.” This whole-body immersion method was especially effective in preventing ‘Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness’ – the pain you feel hours or days after exercise.
How exactly can hydrotherapy in a Jacuzzi help with relieving the symptoms of D.O.M.S.?
Studies from The University of Western Australia explain that “Hydrostatic pressure” is likely to increase your blood flow, thereby carrying more oxygen to and removing waste products from muscles more quickly and efficiently. This increase in blood flow decreases recovery time by ridding the muscles of lactic acid build up and other wastes that accumulate during exercise which make your muscles feel sore.
The best method of treatment is to adjust the temperature of the Jacuzzi hot tub to just above body temperature. The gentle massage from high-volume, low-density hydrotherapy jets will also increase blood flow (cause hydrostatic pressure) to the painful area, relax spasms, and loosen tight muscles. The arrangement and placement of the hydrotherapy jets is also important to ensure that specific muscle groups are targeted and treated with the right amount of water flow.
Findings that a Jacuzzi can naturally help alleviate muscle pain and speed up recovery time has become of great interest to many professional and amateur sports organizations and athletes as Jacuzzi hot tubs are becoming more and more common in many training centres. These organizations and athletes are benefiting from the significant advantages of a non-pharmaceutical solution to decreasing recovery time by quickly and naturally eliminating lactic acid in muscles.
The advantages of natural recovery from a Jacuzzi can also be very effective for those undergoing physical or physiotherapy.
Conclusively, hydrotherapy in a Jacuzzi can naturally decrease existing pain and prevent future pain after exercise, and speed up recovery time.