Dr. Anthony shares if a jacuzzi or sauna can help Treat a sports injury.
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A study says ice has beneficial because it decreases the swelling there, decreases the spasm, increases the deeper circulation. So heat, we don’t use it with the sports injury. We do use with the rheumatologic condition. We do use it for different types of arthritis conditions but I always get asked, “But what about a Jacuzzi? Jacuzzi makes me feel so good and I would love to jump in a Jacuzzi. I love to go in the Sauna.” Those are great places to go and they’re not kind of productive to a sports injury. Why is that? Well, because the thing that’s detrimental for heat is localized heat which brings swelling to that specific area, but if we do generalized heat like a Jacuzzi where your whole body gets in there that’s great for it. It doesn’t cause and increase swelling in that area. It just increases the circulation to the skin. So a Jacuzzi, a sauna are both great for sports injuries. In fact we encourage you to do that because in afterwards you’re looser and you can stretch and with any type of injury you get a get a muscle spasm and we want to stretch that out and if we generalized, if we heat that area up at the whole body up, then you have increase circulation and your stretching will be much more effective.