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Some manufacturers quote articles published by the Arthritis Foundation, The New England Journal of Medicine and the National Sleep Foundation as saying that hydrotherapy baths can help with the following ailments.
- Arthritis. (Improving joint movements. Relieving pain and stiffness)
- High blood pressure
- Migraines
- Muscle cramps
- Rheumatism
- Tension and stress. (Stress interferes with the body's immune system. Hydrotherapy can play a major role in stress relief by providing relaxation, lowering blood pressure, and accelerating the flow of oxygen)
- Diabetes
- Poor circulation
- Sciatica. (Possible relief from pain caused by a herniated disc, osteoarthritis of the lumbosacral spine, dislocated hip, spinal stenosis, or general pressure resulting from postural abnormalities)
- Insomnia. (Taking a bath a few hours before bedtime will help you sleep better)
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Slide-In Bathtubs

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Accessible bathtubs. Slide-in bathtubs
Getting in and out of tubs is hazardous especially for older people, people with limited mobility and the disabled. Even with the installation of grab bars, hand grips and anti-slip floors there is always the risk of injury. The use of lifts that lower and raise the bather in the water is one way of lowering the risk of injury by eliminating the need to climb into and out of the bathtub. Another option is to install a slide-in bathtub.
Elevated slide-in bathtubs with outward swinging doors or sliding doors allow for an easy seat to tub transfer. These tubs are ideal for those depending on the use of wheelchairs and walkers. The two main types of slide-in baths give the user the option of bathing in a sitting or reclining position.

Slide-in bathtubs have doors that are wider than those for walk-in baths. This makes it easier for transferring from the wheelchair to the built-in seat.

You simply slide in, close the door and move to a reclining position. The risk of falling is virtually eliminated since your entire body is supported.
The sliding door requires zero clearance (ideal for small bathrooms) and does not get in the way of your legs, wheelchair or walker.

Slide-in baths with sliding door.
No seat model for bathing in a reclining position

Image courtesy of Aquasure Accessible Baths

Look for a slide-in tub that is equipped with a quick drain system. You want a tub with multiple drains or a drain with a built-in powered pump. Some manufacturers claim that their tubs drain in 60 seconds. This feature is a great aid when dealing with a medical emergency.
- It is easier to remove a person from the tub if the door swings outward or if the tub is equipped with a sliding door. Sol

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