People with joint pain are always stuck in a no-win situation when it comes to vacations. Of course they would love to go and relax but the act of being on vacation, both from the traveling itself and the sightseeing, can negatively impact their joints. This turns a fun vacation into a joint pain nightmare.
Well one solution is to actually go on a vacation that will help your joint pain. Think of it as taking your joints on a vacation. Guess what, they also need to relax and unwind. And what is the best way to get them to unwind? Try taking them to a hot spring.
From Roman times until today, hot springs have always been a part of numerous cultures’ health related practices. To this day in Japan hot springs are often recommended as a treatment for various issues as part of routine medical practice. While the research on the health benefits of hot springs has been heating up lately, one area we are fairly certain it can really help with is when it comes to joint pain.
The reason for this tangible benefit is because when you immerse an inflamed joint in warm water, it produces hydrostatic pressure on that part of the body which causes reduced inflammation and increased mobility. Now that is one treatment we can all love doing – sitting and relaxing in a hot spring. All the while knowing mother nature is doing her work to make our joints healthier and more mobile.
But before you pack your bag, there are a few things you should know or be aware of:
- First, it’s important that you try and keep your travel time to a minimum. So find a hot spring near you and don’t book that destination on the other side of the world. Luckily for all of us, hot springs are nearly everywhere.
- Second, make sure you find a natural one. Remember, part of the benefit of hot springs over a warm bath is that natural hot springs are made by mother nature and the water is filled with minerals. Many of those minerals have health benefits and seem to help out the process of decreasing inflammation much than your neighborhood hot tub.
So what are you waiting for? Not only can you go on a fun and relaxing vacation without worrying about your knees, you should go on that vacation. Just make sure to take your joints with you to soak in nature’s original spas.