When you see an ad or hear about these tubs, you may dismiss them, thinking that walk-in tubs are only for seniors. This thought process is understandable since tub makers primarily advertise to people who are 65 and up. While this demographic needs walk-in tubs the most, just about anyone can benefit from them! These tubs can help people with joint pain, muscle aches, limited mobility, or who want to have a personal spa in their home. We’ll go over some of the tub’s benefits and a couple of groups of people who enjoy them.
For starters, we’ll point out the advantages walk-in tubs have over traditional tubs. Those with mobility or special needs can benefit from the low threshold to enter the tub (only a few inches high). To get in and out of the tub, you simply open the door, walk inside, and sit down on the soft contoured seat. Once the tub fills, most of your body is immersed in water while you’re in a comfortable seated position. No more laying down at awkward angles on the hard porcelain trying to get your body underwater. They also offer many benefits to decrease the chance of injury and improve the experience:
- Slip-resistant surfaces
- Grip bars
- Easy-grip handrails
- Scald prevention valves
- Fast-filling & fast-draining capabilities
- Hydrotherapy jets
- Hand showers
- Contoured seat
- Heated seats
- Wheelchair accessible tubs available with an outward swinging door
- Low step-in entry
- Bathing support harness (optional)
Who Can Benefit from Walk-In Tubs?
It can become increasingly difficult and uncomfortable for pregnant women who want to soak their aching backs and feet in a warm bathtub. Traditional bathtubs don’t offer any safety support and make it difficult to relax in a comfortable position. Fortunately, walk-in bathtubs come with the features to make the bathing experience enjoyable and can even feel like a spa day! Their safety features help reduce fears of falling and risking injury as well.
Anyone Who Wants an At-Home Spa
Speaking of spa days, a walk-in bathtub can give you an in-home spa complete with hydromassage and a heated seat! It’s a great place to unwind with a good book while the massage jets target key pressure points and relieve aches in your back and legs. The comfortable seat allows you to sit for extended periods without getting sore, and you don’t have to strain your body to be fully submerged.
People Recovering from Injury
Injuries can happen unexpectedly and to any age group, severely hindering mobility. A walk-in bathtub can help make it much easier to get their day started. They no longer have to struggle to get in and out of the bathtub and can significantly reduce their risk of falling and re-injuring themselves. The hydromassage functions can help alleviate any aches and allow those who are injured to rest while their body recovers.
People who regularly use their home to care for others can greatly benefit from a walk-in tub! There’s a good chance they’ll need to care for someone who has difficulty getting in and out of a regular bathtub. The tub’s safety features can also help reduce liability since there is less risk of another person getting injured on the property.
Anyone Who Want Help Alleviating Aches and Pains
You may hear that elite athletes soak in a tub after an intense workout, or you may notice that seniors tend to exercise in swimming pools. Both groups do this for the same reasons: hydrotherapy! Warm water helps muscles relax and helps ease joint pain. Advanced hydrotherapy options in walk-in tubs take this one step further by gently massaging aching muscles and joints while targeting common pressure-points.
Invest in Yourself
We hope that we have helped show you how walk-in tubs are not only for seniors. Just about anyone can benefit from them! Whether you want to improve your bathroom’s safety for yourself or a loved one, we can help. If you have any questions about walk-in tubs, don’t hesitate to contact us on our website or call (800) 574-3006.