Can a hot tub help children with autism or other sensory conditions?

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Can a hot tub help children with autism or other sensory conditions?

We’ll get right to the point. Hot tub therapy has been shown to help children with severe childhood illnesses and muscle conditions. There’s strong evidence suggesting benefits from soaking in soothing, warm hot tub water on the human body and brain. As a result of these fantastic benefits many hospitals and therapy centers now include hot tub time in their treatment plans for children with these conditions.

Let’s take a peek at the benefits of hot tubs and hydrotherapy for children with autism and other sensory conditions:


Hydrotherapy has been very beneficial for the sensory processing of individuals with autism.

Autistic children tend to have a difficult time staying focused and suffer from sensory overload. However, the calming warm water typically allows the autistic child the opportunity to interact with other children in an environment that feels safe.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Those who have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis find relief from inflammation and muscle weakness in hot tubs. The aquatic therapy and buoyancy help support a wider range of motion while the water resistance helps increase muscle strength. The hot tub jet turbulence assists with balance and helps boost endurance during physical fitness activities.

Cerebral Palsy

The water in a hot tub helps support cerebral palsy patients with standing, walking, and retaining  better balance. Many find the warm water and jets help loosen muscles and alleviate pain.

Brittle Bones

Those whose bones break easily from osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), can often safely exercise in the water. Plus, the therapy strengthens their muscles and improves mobility and motor skills.


Because of the buoyancy and resistance provided by water, many with this condition develop stronger muscles on the week side of the curved spine and improvement in their body’s alignment.

Early intervention is critical in the treatment of autism or other childhood ailments, therefore always consult with your doctor about any health concerns or treatments.

For more information about Master Spas and hydrotherapy, contact Leisure Works.

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