Frequently Asked Questions
American Tubs makes comfortable, accessible walk-in bathtubs for seniors, the disabled, or anyone with mobility issues. Read more, below, to get answers to your questions about walk-in tub types, features, and benefits. If your question isn’t included on this page, please contact us! We are happy to help.
Walk-in Tub Features & Benefits
Bathtub soaking stimulates the contact and temperature receptors located on the surface of the skin which promotes relaxation and stress relief. Water, whether consumed internally or applied externally, is a great way to detoxify the body and replenish it with much needed hydration. Soaking in different temperatures of water can be good for the nervous system and for blood flow, both of which greatly impact the entire body.
Bathing therapy is touted as an easy way to treat many ailments. Such therapy can be used to treat inflammation, tendonitis, infection, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, injuries, back pain, and other painful ailments. Not only is it used to treat ailments, but it is also well known for preventing them. Studies have shown that water therapy is great for rehabilitation from accidents, traumas, strokes, connective tissue diseases, and even asthma and other respiratory related problems. Because bathing therapy increases blood circulation, it can help strengthen the immune system, giving you more energy and improving the way you feel, overall. It reduces pain and the adverse effects of stress. It also improves sleep, prevents headaches, and has been found to improve blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and potentially help to treat depression.
Micro-bubbles are the latest technology from Japan. At just 1/1000 the size of ordinary water bubbles, micro-bubbles are small enough to get into the pores of the skin. Their negative ions bond with the positive ions contained in dirt, thereby removing impurities from pores while oxygenating the skin.
Along with removing dirt, odors, and excess oil, our micro-bubbles system is environmentally friendly. No scrubbing, rubbing, shampoos, or chemicals are used. Dry, rough skin can benefit from the removal of dead keratin with micro-nano bubbles.
Chromatherapy harnesses the unique vibration, wavelength, and rhythm of various colored lights to promote health and healing. Our available chromatherapy system consists of multicolored LED lighting which is positioned in the basin of the tub, thereby illuminating the water and heightening your bathing experience. Chromatherapy is used to balance physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional energy. Our chromatherapy comes in a wide range of colors, with each color possessing its own, unique healing effects. The color red stimulates the circulatory system, promoting vitality and energy. Orange positively stimulates the respiratory and nervous systems, combating fatigue and nurturing the body and mind. Green also works with the nervous system to create a sense of peace and calm. Yellow, turquoise, blue, and magenta stimulate vitality, relax the mind, stimulate intellect, and harmonize emotions, respectively. With our LED chromatherapy system, you can create a healing, relaxing environment, right in your own home!
The first role of aromatherapy is to stimulate and reinforce our bodies’ natural defenses by inducing a state of relaxation and promoting the general well-being of the central nervous system. All American Tubs models offer the option of an aromatherapy system in the tub deck. Our sense of smell is one of the strongest forms of memory and stress relief. Aromatherapy helps improve physical, mental, and emotional health. Just a little drop of aromatherapy oil, combined with warm water bathing, can rejuvenate both body and mind.
Air and hydro massage therapy help with pain management and relaxation. They help calm the nervous system, reduce stress, alleviate tension and anxiety, and detoxify the body by stimulating the lymphatic system and improving blood circulation. Air bubbles provide a light-touch massage in your bath. Soft bubbles of air blow into the bath from the bottom of the tub and float to the top, gently massaging your entire body.
With hydromassage therapy, water jets provide a more vigorous, focused massage, as water sprays out of jets which are strategically placed throughout your tub to hit specific areas such as your lower back, arms, hips, legs, and feet.
Our environmentally friendly micro-bubble option delivers bubbles that are 1/1000 the size of ordinary water bubbles. This allows the bubbles to get into the pores of the skin. During this process, the negative ions of the bubbles bond with the positive ions of dirt to oxygenate the skin and remove excess oils, dirt, and odors. No scrubbing, rubbing, shampoos, or chemicals are used or needed.
Thermal Effects: Used appropriately, both warm and cold baths can help lessen pain and discomfort and can improve the healing process. Warm baths open up the small blood vessels that are closest to surface tissues. This leads to increased blood flow and circulation which helps your tissues heal, oxygenate, and purge toxins. Warm water also slows down your internal organs and it is good at reducing aches and pains. Heat increases the production of beneficial body hormones and stimulates the immune system. Warm, moist air from a hot bath can help open up congested or constricted airways in your lungs, throat, and sinuses. On the other hand, cold water therapy is effective for conditions such as sprains, where the cold water promotes the constriction of blood vessels thereby reducing swelling.
Mechanical Effects: The massaging effect of air bubbles from the motion of water jets creates beneficial chemical reactions in your skin and tissues. This leads to increased circulation which helps oxygenate tissues and expel toxins. As we age, gravity and impact injure joints and connective tissues. Being in water decreases your body weight by 90%. This buoyancy relieves physical stress from your joints and bones, helping to relieve pain and discomfort. This floating effect helps to relax the body because muscles don’t have to work as hard to keep the body in position; as a result, your muscles are given a chance to relax.
A handheld shower is included with the standard faucet set, so you can shower in your walk-in tub. We also carry an optional shower door and slide bar so you can adjust the height of your shower to meet your needs.
Financing and Special Offers
Yes, financing is available for all of our walk-in tub models. Apply for a loan online now.
Yes, American Tubs offers $600 off the cost of your installed walk-in bathtub with our downloadable coupon. We may also run other offers from time to time. Subscribe to our email list to hear about special offers right away!
Check with your insurance provider to see if your policy may cover some of the cost of a walk-in bath. You can also contact your state Medicaid office to see if they offer any assistance. Medicare covers some in-home durable medical equipment, however, walk-in tubs often do not qualify for Medicare coverage.
American Tubs offers a large selection of sizes for most bathrooms. We offer compact to extra-large walk-in bathtubs so there is a size to fit your needs.
Walk-in bathtubs are a great solution for anyone with mobility issues, whether due to advanced age or disabilities. With a host of soothing massage systems available, our tubs can help to ease pain and reduce stress. Built-in safety features help you avoid slip-and-fall accidents. Learn more by reading our article, “Who needs a walk-in tub?”
Yes, we carry walk-in tubs for larger bathers. Our models include extra wide and extra-deep sizes. Our tubs fit bathers up to 350 lbs.
Yes. We want your transition to your new walk-in tub to be a great experience so we will remove and dispose of your old bathtub for you!
We have a large, nationwide network of walk-in tub installers/dealers. Contact us today to find one near you!
All of our dealers and installers are licensed contractors with years of experience installing walk-in bathtubs. You can be confident your installer will complete your installation with professionalism.