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How the Gift of Hydrotherapy Changed this Local Veteran’s Life Forever

SPONSORED — There’s just something in the water — and that’s why doctors and healers have been using one of earth’s most essential molecules as a treatment since, well forever. According to a study published in the North American Journal of Medical Sciences, “the use of water for various treatments (hydrotherapy) is almost as old as mankind.” Whether you’re suffering from chronic pain, rehabilitating from injury or treating any number of diseases or conditions, hydrotherapy offers plenty of benefits – as local combat veteran Jeff Graham can attest.

The gift of hydrotherapy

Recently, Aqua Quip, a local hot tub and spa dealer with nine locations throughout the Puget Sound, teamed up with Sundance Spas and Wish for Our Heroes to provide the gift of hydrotherapy to local veterans.

One recipient was Jeff Graham, a third-generation combat veteran who, after serving his country, now suffers from fibromyalgia, hearing loss, brain aneurysm, short-term memory loss and PTSD.

Graham’s doctors recommended hydrotherapy, but due to his PTSD, he has difficulty going out in public. Graham’s wife, Traci, entered the giveaway contest, outlining her husband’s service and current challenges.

When Aqua Quip delivered a new spa for at-home hydrotherapy, Graham was speechless — then emotional.

“My days start with a four-hour gap to get up,” Graham explained on a video shot to document the surprise delivery. “To be able to wake up and get going, I’ll feel like a productive human again. It provides hope for people like me.”

Graham now has the luxury of hydrotherapy at his own home, experiencing first-hand its many benefits, including:

Soothes and relaxes sore muscles

Whether you ran a marathon, overdid your squat routine or helped a friend move over the weekend, you might feel the urge to take a hot bath. There’s a reason for that. According to a study published in the North American Journal of Medical Sciences, hydrotherapy is one of the best interventions used after exercise to decrease muscle fatigue and potentially improve recovery. The study found that participants who used hydrotherapy experienced a decrease in lactic acid built up during the 30 minutes after exercise.

Assists in rehabilitation

Recovering from an injury can be tough. From giving yourself adequate rest to dealing with the pain to regaining movement and range, rehabilitation takes a good amount of discipline.

Hydrotherapy can be an incredible tool for rehabilitation in that it helps increase circulation and relaxes the muscles. According to the North American Spine Society, performing rehabilitation exercise in the water can be incredibly beneficial, as the water creates buoyancy, decreasing pressure on joints while increasing resistance. This means you’ll be able to move more easily and with less pain, while increasing the efficacy of the movement.

Promotes relaxation and reduces stress

As you’ve no doubt realized anytime you’ve slid into a warm bath or a bubbling spa, warm water has a psychologically relaxing effect. This effect can be particularly useful for anyone suffering from psychological issues or simply hoping to reduce stress. According to PTSD UK, hydrotherapy offers physical support as well as mental relaxation, decreasing the stress hormone cortisol while increasing serotonin levels — and can be particularly useful to anyone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

To experience the gift of hydrotherapy yourself, visit an Aqua Quip store or visit its website.

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