Do Walk In Bathtubs Make Sense For Individuals With Disabilities?

You may have been asking yourself this question. And you may be wondering whether walk in bathtub accents for your particular disability. Here are some of the questions we have been asked. We will do our best to answer them accurately.

Is a walk in bathtub a good choice for someone who is using a wheelchair?
Yes and no. Almost all walk in bathtub models don’t offer an opening wide enough for a wheelchair. This means if the person has no use of their legs at all, a walk in bathtub may not be a good solution. In this case, a wheelchair accessible shower is more appropriate.

But for many individuals who use a wheelchair most of the day, but still have the ability to stand and transfer their weight for activities such as using the toilet, a walk in bathtub should be considered. Even when some assistance is needed with sitting and getting up, if the person using the bathtub is otherwise independent, a walk in tub remains a positive option.

Is a walk in bathtub a good choice for someone who has multiple sclerosis?
Walk in bathtub is often a very good choice for someone who has multiple sclerosis. In most cases this condition is characterized by good days and bad days. On the days when muscle weakness and loss of coordination is prevalent, a walk in bathtub can be a real asset. It eliminates the need for the special balance needed to transfer into a bathtub or get out of it safely.

Would a walk in tub help if I suffer from lupus?
Many lupus sufferers have found that a walk in bathtub enables them to bring hydrotherapy treatments home, setting them free from requiring these services from a physical therapist. The combination of hot water and water or air jets can reduce the perception of pain considerably. Most lupus sufferers find that soaking in a hot bath for 30 minutes, 2 to 3 times a week provides superior symptom relief over many traditional medication based release systems. The walk in tub provides the advantage of not having to balance during entry into the tub or while leaving the tub. This can be important when joints are inflamed, and arthritis like symptoms are especially acute.

I suffer from fibromyalgia. How would a walk in bath help me?
You may have heard the stories of people who’ve been unable to leave their bathtub because of extreme fatigue. It has been known to happen. A walk in bathtub eliminates the concern that you will ever be too tired to get out of the bath. Once the water has drained away, it is a simple operation to open the door. Even in the worst-case scenario, you would be able to crawl out of the bathtub.

Can I get a spa quality hydrotherapy experience in a walk in bath?
Yes, you can. Choose a walk in bath model that includes air jets and/or whirlpool jets. The moving water will help manipulate muscles, mimicking the effects of massage. Consider adding essential oils to the bath as well. Having the walk in bath in your home eliminates having to leave home for your hydrotherapy treatment. You’re much more likely to fit those two or three 30-minute sessions into your hectic schedule, when the spa is in your home.

This article is sponsored by A&R Wholesale, a company that specializes in the original Safety Tub® brand line of walk in bathtubs. It is A&R Wholesale’s goal to help those with disabilities enjoy the best quality of life by matching the right walk in bathtub to their needs.

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