A Medical Spa™ can bring the gift of healing to everyone, but did you know that hot tubs and spas can be especially helpful for veterans? Spa therapy can help improve veteran’s health in two major areas: relieving musculoskeletal pain, and alleviating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These are both major health complications facing many of our veterans today.
Today, one in four U.S. military veterans are diagnosed with PTSD and more than 350,000 service members have been afflicted to date as a result of their wartime deployment. This is a crisis of epic proportions that does not seem to be ending any time soon. Each veteran afflicted with PTSD requires a different treatment plan. Treatments can range from treating mental issues and reducing PTSD symptoms through relaxation training, to strengthening the body or learning to adapt to the mobility challenges of missing limbs. The most common treatments for PTSD involve a combination of physical and mental therapy. Typically, treatment takes a long time, and regular professional treatment can be quite expensive.
The good news is that a hot tub can provide two pillars of treatment for PTSD—physical and mental therapy. Aquatic therapy is usually recommended for veterans that need to adapt to new mobility challenges because it is great for restoring balance and building muscular strength. The buoyancy of the water helps support physical activities from a person who may be physically impaired and have difficulties with balance due to age or injury. As the body is strengthened in a low impact environment, mobility and adaptation in a normal environment becomes much easier, which helps alleviates some of the symptoms of PTSD due to loss of limbs, mobility, or independence.
Water is also a natural stress-reducer, and floating in warm water helps alleviate stress and reduce pain, two factors which can contribute to the intensity of PTSD in some cases. In fact, there are floating clinics around the United States which have begun to explore this type of treatment regarding PTSD and have been enjoying success. Aquatic and hydrotherapy is so powerful even the U.S. Army’s Wounded Warrior Project and the VA have instituted aquatic therapy programs, to help returning and existing veteran’s suffering from back, leg, ankle, and knee pain—all injuries that make it harder to maintain your body normally, but the severity of movement impairment is reduced when exercising in the water. Floating in warm water is linked to elevated levels of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a naturally occurring hormone that is responsible for a lot of the body’s functions, but it can be up basically as a “feel-good” hormone, and is important in regulating mood and motivation.
At Medical Spas™ we are proud to have developed a product that can serve those who served.