Hydrotherapy: Health Benefits of a Hot Tub
Hot tubs not only provide a luxurious spot to relax after a long day, they also provide a number of health benefits. Advanced hydrotherapy and massage has always been an integral part of hot tub technology. Most modern hot tubs feature powerful jets that can deliver invigorating massages to sore muscles while also easing aching joints. Based on the Hot Water and Healthy Living book, “Research shows that both body and mind benefit from the simple act of immersion in warm water.” So if you are looking for relief from stress, muscle aches, sore joints, or sinuses (to name a few) then learn more about hydro-therapy and the many health benefits of owning a hot tub.
Ease Muscle and Joint Pain
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One of the most widely known benefits of having a hot tub is muscle relaxation. Buoyancy, Heat and Massage work together to create a relaxing and soothing hot tub experience. The heat elevates the body temperature which results in the dilatation of the blood vessels, increasing blood circulation. Buoyancy, on the other hand, reduces weight bearing effects of gravity which provides a gentle relief from joint and muscle pressure. This process reduces your weight to approximately 90%! Current hot tub jet technology provides massage action that provides a perfect combo of warm water and air through jet nozzles – this mechanism gently loosens tight muscles. A hot tub can also aid in relieving pain as the spa’s jet massage triggers the release of endorphins – the body’s natural pain killer.
Manage Arthritis’ Symptoms
The heat from the hot tub can also relieve muscle aches and help with joint pain from arthritis. Sitting in the hot tub, you can adjust the power and direction of the hydro-therapy jets to target your most painful areas.
Most cases of Arthritis involves the following symptoms: pain and stiffness, swelling and even loss of joint movement or function. A common symptom relief intervention for people with Arthritis is soaking themselves in a warm hot tub. This is one of the non-invasive ways to manage and minimize pain, discomfort and further joint and muscle damage – plus it is safe and effective!
The Arthritis Foundation strongly recommends soaking in warm water. “The research shows our ancestors got it right. It makes you feel better. It makes the joints looser. It reduces pain and it seems to have a somewhat prolonged effect that goes beyond the period of immersion,” Bruce E. Becker, MD explained. And if you suffer from arthritis pain, you probably already know this to be true!
Check the complete article from Arthritis Foundation Here.
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Insomnia is a very common disorder and the growing number of people suffering from this sleep disorder is alarming. Most people who suffer from insomnia deal with too much stress and hectic schedules. There are non-medical interventions that can be applied to alleviate tension and ease the body. Soaking in the hot tub is an effective precursor to a restful sleep, this can lower the stress levels one of the biggest deterrents to a good night’s sleep. The drop in body temperature plays a part in the improved sleep too. Again the heat, buoyancy and massage alleviates pressure on muscles and joints – all causing a great body relaxation.
To use your hot tub to improve sleep, take a good soak in the tub each night just before going to bed, letting go from the stress of the day as you relax. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your body responds to this new routine.
Post Workout Benefits
For sports junkies, a hot tub is a perfect post workout buddy. Taking a short dip in a hot tub after a vigorous exercise can ease stiffness, fatigue, muscle pain and soreness. Vigorous activities can trigger the the production of lactic acids and toxins which need to be eliminated from your muscles right away. Immersing yourself in a hot tub jump-starts this process. As you enjoy the hot massage, the body’s natural healing process is ramped up due to increased blood circulation, leading to faster recovery.
Improved Blood Circulation
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Heat from the hot tub can dilate blood vessels, leading to better blood circulation. Along with easing muscle pain, the improved blood circulation is another advantage that people suffering from arthritis will enjoy.
Recent studies have also been examining a connection between hot tubs and lowered blood sugar levels in Diabetics. Many Type-2 Diabetics have discovered that spending a short amount of time in the hot tub each day can decrease their blood sugar levels, improve their overall sleep patterns, and lead to a better sense of health.
Here is an article about a study of patients with Diabetes who got reduced blood sugar levels with the help of hot tub therapy.
As you can see, owning a hot tub is about more than just relaxation. With your own hot tub, you have access to in-home therapy for gentle and natural treatment of a wide range of health conditions. To learn more about the health benefits of having a hot tub or to find out about the latest hot tub models, stop into Pool & Spa Depot today. We can help you find the perfect hot tub for your home.
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