Walk-in Tubs ... Great for the Whole Family

By Kerry Knight

Have you ever wondered if a Walk in Tub would be appropriate for people of all ages? I mean, do you really have to be a senior to enjoy the therapeutic benefits these tubs have to offer?  I started thinking about this after several clients told me how their families enjoy coming over to their place to use the Walk in Tub.

I was recently talking to one of our customers who had purchased a Walk in Bathtub.  She had purchased it for herself several months earlier, and was thoroughly enjoying its many therapeutic features.  Her tub offered air jetted hydrotherapy, with thousands of bubbles that soothed her body and relieved her various aches and pains. It also provided water therapy for her many physical problems, such as a water jetted massage system that swirls the water and pulses pleasant water pressure against her back, legs and hips.  This was one feature got the attention of the whole family.  She amused, "Now, when my kids and grandkids show up, they all head for the Walk in Tub." 

It’s true. A 40-year old “kid” can enjoy the Walk in Bathtub just like a 75-year old.  Mid-life years offer their own set of therapy needs.  Back problems can arrive without warning.  Just bending the wrong way or trying to lift a little more weight than you should, can bring on lower back pain. This can inflame the sciatic nerve, sending pain to your legs and knees.   Falling off a ladder or tripping down a flight of stairs can require quite a few weeks of in-home therapy.  And sometimes even the young can develop serious illnesses or have accidents that require the need for water therapy.
The smaller kids just love to play in the tub.  The controls are easy to operate, and the children will feel like they have their own personal hot tub.  For those parents who have cajoled their youngsters to take a bath, the walk in tub is a great incentive.

The tubs are just about maintenance free. Just an occasional wipe down and then allow the jets to run their cycle.  Occasionally, simply run a little low foaming liquid cleaner (like dish washing liquid) through the system to keep it sterilized. That way you can have it ready for the family visits.

We haven't found anyone yet who can't benefit from the Walk In Tub.  Many very athletic young adults love the tubs because of their muscle strains, sprains and mild tissue injuries from training.  Those who jog, play tennis, bike, and exercise regularly or get involved in competitive sports, will find tremendous benefit from its use.  Just imagine coming home after a difficult day at work and stepping into the tub for a few minutes.  Open the watertight door, sit down and turn on the jets, allowing all the day's worries to disappear. 
Ahhhhhh.  Now that’s a real healthy, happy hour.

The tubs come in different sizes so they can accommodate a person of any size.  The door of the tub is wide, allowing easy access and the step up over the threshold is highly accessible.  The interior is wide and the seat is comfortable.  The water jets actually come with an inline heater so the water always stays warm.  We've all been in traditional tubs where we soaked for a while and then noticed that the temperature was dropping.  All the benefits from warm water therapy then quickly disappeared with the introduction of the sudden shock of cool or cold water.  With the inline heater, you can stay in the tub as long as you like.

With all its many benefits, the Walk in Tub has become a favorite for the entire family.  So, if you are a senior and you wish your family would visit more often, this might just be the carrot on the string to get them there. 

In this article, I recount all the wonderful benefits that one of our customers shared with me about their Walk in Tub. They talked about all the therapeutic benefits for the hydrotherapy, the jetted massage and the heated water.  They went on to explain how their whole family enjoys and uses the Walk in Tub in their own way.  It just goes to show that any generation loves to take advantage of the therapeutic benefits a Walk in Tub has to offer.

If you found this article to be useful, please pass it on to your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, please leave it in the comment section below. If you have a question, feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article. It’s been my pleasure sharing this family story. Thanks again for visiting with us.  

Until next time.

Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com in Jacksonville Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the best of Jacksonville Chamber Award three years running. If you would like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231 or email them at alan@tubking.com.
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