The Benefits of Hot Baths for Seniors

Hot baths have been utilized since the ancient Greeks and Romans regularly utilized hot baths for their healing qualities. While natural hot springs provide great benefits, there are also many benefits to simply taking a hot bath in your bathtub at home. Our providers of elder home care assistance in Elmhurst recommend hot baths for the following reasons.

Inflammation Reduction

It’s natural for inflammation to build in the body due to exercise and other physical activities. Recent studies show that raising your body’s temperature can increase its anti-inflammatory response. For example, sitting in a hot bath that is set for about 102 degrees Fahrenheit can combat chronic low-grade inflammation.

Improves Skin Health

Dry, irritated skin can benefit from a soak in a hot bath as well. Eczema is a skin condition that can be treated with a bleach bath while adding lavender essential oils to your bath can heal skin and reduce anxiety. However, before adding drops of essential oils straight into the tub water, make sure that you dilute it beforehand in coconut oil or another carrier oil to make sure it’s not too strong. 

Soothes Muscles and Joints

Tense, sore muscles can significantly improve during time spent in a hot bath. Passive heat from the tub sends blood flow throughout the body and this acts as a natural healer for sore, stiff muscles. 

January is National Bath Safety Month, so staying safe while in the tub is also important! Make sure to utilize railings, non-slip mats, keep towels and other slip-hazards off of the floor and ensure the rooms surrounding the bathroom have enough lighting. Our team can also provide assistance in this area! Please contact us for more information.

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