Hot Baths, Hot Tubs, and Prostate Conditions

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Hot Baths, Hot Tubs, and Prostate Conditions

Sometimes there’s nothing better than the soothing relaxation of submerging in a hot tub. Whether it’s after a particularly grueling workout, or a stressful workday- spending time relaxing the body and mind in a hot tub can be very beneficial. But what effect if any, does it have on prostate health?

Studies have found evidence that soaking in a hot tub or hot bath can help decrease inflammation. This can be particularly helpful for men dealing with the uncomfortable symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

According to a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology, regular use of a hot tub or a hot bath increases blood circulation in the pelvic area and can ease the constriction of the urethra, thus providing some relief. They also found clear indications that these benefits are due to the heat of the water, and not necessarily what’s in it.

For example, some claim that the only way to get the benefits of heat therapy is to add Epsom salts or other bath salts into the water to help calm symptoms. However, there isn’t much evidence to back this claim. In fact, research primarily shows that the heat of the hot tub or bath relaxes the tightened pelvic muscles. Not only is a hot tub or bath a fast reducer of muscle tension in the pelvis, it can also reduce levels of stress and anxiety, which can aid in recovery.

Though hot water submersion can help relieve symptoms, it is not a cure for prostate enlargement or prostatitis. Men that use hydrotherapy to reduce symptoms, often report that they feel better when they are in the hot water but the effects tend to fade soon after they get out. Nevertheless, the relief of time spent in a hot bath or hot tub can be a true gift to those suffering from pain in the pelvis-  as more often than not, any reduction of symptoms for any length of time is welcomed by those suffering from prostate conditions.

When it comes to using a hot tub, whether it’s your own or one that belongs to a gym or a spa- it’s important to check to make sure the tub is clean and properly maintained. It’s also important to avoid water that is too hot. Most studies recommend that the water isn’t any hotter than 104°F (40°C).

Another important factor is to drink plenty of water and limit your time in the tub. Hot tubs make you sweat, and can leave you dehydrated, which will only exacerbate prostate symptoms.

Therefore to get the benefits of relaxation and a reduction in inflammation, most research recommends spending 10 to 15 minutes, or longer if the temperature is lower or you are comfortable.=

Lastly, this may seem obvious- but a critical aspect of using a hot tub as opposed to a bath at home is to make sure to shower after and thoroughly wash your body with soap. And, as tempting as it might be to make the shower cold- it’s best to avoid doing that, as this can spike your blood pressure and potentially lead to headaches, dizziness, chest pain, and other issues.

The bottom line, there is evidence to show to submerging in a hot tub or a hot bath regularly, can help provide temporary relief from the symptoms associated with prostate conditions. However, it’s important to check with your doctor to make sure this form of therapy is safe for you and your recovery. It’s also important to refrain from using any public hot tub if you are experiencing a UTI, an infection, or are recovering from a prostate procedure or surgery.

So check with your doctor, and if you get the green light, try relaxing in a hot bath or a hot tub. You might feel better physically better, and, as a bonus, mentally better as well.


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