Hot Tub Health Benefits

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Soak in a hot tub for a healthier you. The healing properties of warm water immersion and massage have been practiced and enjoyed for centuries. Today, hospitals and physical therapists use warm water immersion and massage therapies to alleviate a wide range of ailments.

Spending time in a hot tub can provide health benefits in so many ways:

Hydrotherapy Massage

Take a dip into the warm water of a hot tub and allow the strategically placed jets to focus on your back, legs, feet, and arm areas to loosen up your muscles and melt away your worries.

Hydrotherapy uses water to deliver temperature and pressure changes to the body and works great for anyone feeling stress in their daily lives, those with tightness in their muscles, such as, athletes, the elderly and arthritis sufferers.  Soaking in hot water for up to 20 minutes causes organs of the endocrine system to become less active and can decrease blood pressure. This results in a relaxed, less stressful state.

A study conducted by Washington State University’s Bruce Becker, M.D., showed that soaking in a 102°F tub for 25 minutes produced relaxation and an accompanying decrease in anxiety.

Hydrotherapy:

  • Provides temporary relief of minor aches and pains
  • Helps reduce levels of stress and anxiety
  • Provides a feeling of well-being
  • Temporarily increases circulation where massaged
  • Helps relieve muscle soreness, stiffness, and tension

Hot Tubs Provide a Deeper, More Relaxed Sleep

Having trouble sleeping?  You’re not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than one-fourth of the U.S. population report occasionally not getting enough sleep, while nearly 10% experience chronic insomnia. Experts say an average adult needs between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. This is nearly impossible for some of us.

There is good news. You can find natural ways to help you fall asleep without pills or other substances – the answer is in the water.

The deep, relaxing sensation you get from time spent soaking in a spa helps release tension and starts you on a path to a restful sleep. Once you’re in a warm spa, your body’s temperature rises, which increases blood circulation. When you leave the spa, your core temperature lowers slowly, which signals the body that it’s time to sleep.

Joyce Walsleben, PhD, associate professor at New York University School of Medicine, says: “If you raise your temperature a degree or two…the steeper drop at bedtime is more likely to put you in a deep sleep.”

The scientific journal Sleep notes that relaxing in hot water before going to bed can help people suffering from sleep disorders fall into a deeper, more restful sleep. The hot, swirling water leaves you feeling both mentally and emotionally relaxed.

Hot Tubs Provide Natural Arthritis Relief

The CDC estimates that 50 million adults in the United States have some form of arthritis. Usually arthritis sufferers take painkillers and prescription anti-inflammatory medication to relieve symptoms. However, some medications cause side effects, and a natural approach to pain relief is becoming more popular.

Simple hot treatments can help with arthritis pain. Long, warm showers or soaks in a hot tub—especially in the morning—help ease joint stiffness. According to the Arthritis Foundation, regular sessions in a hot tub keep joints moving, preserve strength and flexibility, and protect joints from further damage. A hot tub provides warmth, massage, and the buoyancy necessary to the well-being of arthritis sufferers.

When jets are used, the warm water massage relaxes muscles, ligaments and tendons. This stimulates the release of endorphins – the body’s natural pain reliever.

Most arthritis sufferers are encouraged to exercise because it increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain and helps diminish fatigue. However, when suffering from stiff and painful joints, just the thought taking a walk, let alone exercising, is overwhelming.

Hot tub exercise to the rescue. It can provide a low impact way for arthritis sufferers to exercise since the buoyancy protects stiff and painful joints.

Here are some ideas for hot tub exercises:

  • Arm exercises using water weights (foam barbells that create resistance under water). Start with your arms at your sides. Grip the bars of the water weights with your palms facing up. Raise your forearms to the level of the water, keeping your elbows close to your body and your wrists straight. Then turn the barbells over so that the palms of your hands face the bottom of the pool. Push your hands down until your arms are straight again. Repeat 12 to 15 times or until you’re fatigued.
  • Resistance exercise using a kickboard: Standing up straight with your legs comfortably apart, tighten your abdominal muscles. Extend your right arm and hold the kickboard on each end. Keeping your left elbow close to your body, move the kickboard toward the center of your body. Return to the starting position and repeat 12 to 15 times or until you’re fatigued. Then extend your left arm and repeat the exercise on the other side.
  • Leg exercise using a noodle: To strengthen your leg muscles, tie a water noodle into a knot around your foot or water shoe. Stand with your back to the side of the pool in waist-high water, placing your arms on the edge of the pool for stability. Straighten your leg in front of you, then flex your knee to about a 90-degree position. Return to the starting position and repeat 12 to 15 times or until you’re fatigued. Tie the water noodle into a knot around your other foot or water shoe and repeat with the other leg.

Did you know? We have the weights, kickboards and noodles needed for hot tub (and pool) exercise!

Muscle Recovery and Faster Healing

Warmth increases circulation and assists in healing. According to the book, Comprehensive Aquatic Therapy, by Drs. Bruce Becker and Andrew Cole, “Immersion in warm water can lead to a faster and longer-lasting recovery. An environment which is less prone to cause pain, and is even pleasurable, makes immersion in warm water a unique healing environment.”

Time spent in warm water and on the receiving end of soothing jets, helps increase circulation so the blood can supply nutrients to help cells and tissues regenerate.

Overall Stress Relief

We ALL experience stress, and we are all looking for ways to reduce it. One of the best ways is soaking in a hot tub. Feeling good is good for you, and we want you to enjoy the stress-relief benefits provided by a hot tub.

Hot tub owners are constantly commenting on how soothing their spa feels and how recuperative it is. We know that people have soaked in warm water for thousands of years to relax. Studies show the soothing effects, too. For example, we know blood pressure drops after time spent in a hot tub. Hot tubs provide a superior sense of calm and release.

Owning or using a hot tub can change your life and help you feel more relaxed and rejuvenated on a daily basis.

Dr. Bruce Becker, a Washington State University researcher who has compared the effects of cool, neutral, and warm water on healthy adults says, “The effects of aquatic immersion are profound, and impact virtually every body system. After about 20 minutes, the central nervous system patterns of the subjects in warm water were essentially identical to those of people who are relaxed and focused. Other studies have found that it decreases depression and anxiety.”

Becker also suggests warm water immersion, and its resulting stress-reducing effect and relaxation, may have a positive effect on working memory and performance of cognitive tasks such as problem solving.

So, what are you waiting for? Find out how you can get the stress-relieving benefits of a hot tub today!