Test Your Knowledge About Walk In Bathtubs

You may know a lot about purchasing a walk in bathtub. You may know how to select one. You may even think you know all the benefits of owning a walk in bathtub. Take this short quiz to see what you know about the benefits of walk in tubs.

1) Bathing in a walk in bath stimulates endorphin production.
a) True.
b) False.

2) Bathing is dangerous for someone with type II diabetes.
a) True.
b) False.

3) The benefits of owning a whirlpool-type bathtub are almost identical to owning a walk in bathtub.
a) True.
b) False.

4) Exercising in a walk in bathtub can help improve mobility.
a) True.
b) False.

5) Immersing yourself all the way up to your neck in hot water relieves tension.
a) True.
b) False.

Now, let’s see how you did.

1) Bathing in a walk in tub stimulates endorphin production.
True. Any time you bathed in a hot bath it helps to stimulate endorphin production. This is a good thing. Endorphins are natural painkillers that our bodies produce. A walk in bathtub, especially when equipped with hydrotherapy jets, has the benefit of involving more of the body. These endorphins can reduce joint pain. They can ease muscle discomfort.

2) Bathing is dangerous for someone with type II diabetes.
False. A study conducted by Dr. Philip L. Hooper at the McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado, proves just the opposite. In a six-week study, he required his diabetic patients to soak in a hot tub for 30 minutes a day, six days a week. He was amazed at the results. Even diabetics who were unable to exercise were helped. On average, the patients involved in the study reduced their blood sugar levels by 13%. And one patient was able to reduce his insulin usage by 18% just 10 days after he began participating in the study.

It is true that a diabetic is less likely to perceive when water is too hot. This is where the danger in bathing has originated. It is recommended that a diabetic keep off a thermometer in the walk in bathtub to prevent this from occurring. The temperature of 103° is safe and will not cause injury.

3) The benefits of owning a whirlpool-type bathtub are almost identical to owning a walk in bathtub.
False. Unless you’re small, most whirlpool-type bathtubs mount the air intake too low in the bathtub to allow for full immersion under the water. Walk in bathtubs on the other hand are usually designed for someone to be sitting on a bench and for water to reach up to their shoulders. The ability to immerse all but the head in the water is beneficial. This means that no muscle group is left out. And the entire lymph is activated. Activation of the lymph is especially important if you’re not feeling well.

4) Exercising in a walk in bathtub can help improve mobility.
True. Because the body is naturally buoyant in water, joints expand. Hot water helps muscles relax. The combination of both these elements can improve mobility for exercising.

5) Immersing yourself all the way up to your neck in hot water relieves tension.
True. As mentioned in the previous answer, hot water relaxes muscles. It also calms nerves. A soothing bath in your walk in bathtub can prepare you for a good nights sleep. It can prepare you for a good workout. Or it can help prevent tension after a good workout. The nice thing about a walk in bathtub is that relief is available from the neck down.

If you discovered some new things about walk in bathtubs that you didn’t know before, you’re not alone. All this information was new to me before I wrote this article, and I have done quite a bit of research about walk in bathtubs.

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One response to “Test Your Knowledge About Walk In Bathtubs

  1. Issues of bathing safety are common amongst elderly and disabled consumers. According to fall-prevention research, over 90% of all accidents happen during bathing due to slippery floors.

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