Hot baths have been used for centuries as a way to relieve rheumatism and other ailments, such as diabetes, insomnia, and lower back pain.

Therefore, it is not surprising that so many studies have demonstrated the benefits of hydrotherapy for seniors. One study on elderly patients suffering from chronic heart failure found that hydrotherapy seemed to improve their exercise ability. Research also shows that gentle, regular exercise can improve the joint’s ability to function by strengthening and softening it. This is where hydrotherapy proves particularly useful.

These are some tips to make your hydrotherapy experience more enjoyable.

* Take time to relax. Do not limit the time you spend in your bath. Instead, relax and let your stress melt away. Deep-breathing techniques are also available.

* Invigorate your senses. You can add essential oils to your bathtub water. You can relax with lavender or chamomile, and jasmine will rejuvenate your mind. Basil will help restore your muscles.

* Watch your water temperature. Hydrotherapy doesn’t require a hot bath. Your personal health and the condition you are treating will determine the temperature of your bath water.

* Create a safe environment. Seniors, especially frail seniors, may fall into the tub. Premier Bathrooms provides a variety of bathing options. For example, tubs can be walked into from the ground, or seated at a height that allows for mechanical lifting. Hydrotherapy jets are installed at the base of Premier’s baths, which allow tiny bubbles and blood to flow in a safe setting.

Visit Premier for more information on their hydrotherapy system. www.premier-bathrooms.comCall 1-800-578-2899