Hot tubs have been the centerpiece of backyard entertainment for years, but did you know they are also a beacon for health benefits? The old box of water is, in fact, a hot bed of therapeutic benefits. Here are five ways hot tub hydrotherapy can improve your health.
1- Kick Stress to the Curb
America’s leading health problem… stress! It has been estimated that 75 – 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems. (www.stress.org) Job stress is far and away the leading source of stress for adults, but stress levels have also escalated in children, teenagers, college students and the elderly.
Everyone has stress and we are all challenged to manage it. A recent study by the American Psychological Association reveals 61% of adults say that managing stress is extremely or very important, but only 35% say they are doing an excellent or very good job at it. This is troublesome because research also shows stress is the leading cause of many other health related issues. (Stress Report, 2012)
In fact, there are numerous emotional and physical disorders which have been linked to stress including depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, immune system disturbances, as well as autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
In addition, stress can have direct effects on the skin, the gastrointestinal system, and can contribute to sleep disorders and degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease. In fact, it’s hard to think of any disease in which stress does not play an aggravating role.
Just as there are many factors which create stress, there are several options to help manage it. The warmth of the water and the pulsating jets provide a wonderful massage experience for pain management, soothing sore muscles, relieving tension, and providing the ultimate relaxation.Some hot tubs offer special seating and jets targeted to penetrate specific muscle groups or an area that might need extra attention. They also might offer additional relaxation features including fountains, soothing music, and even aromatherapy.
A hot tub can be a great stress reliever. It’s a place to escape the demands of the day, a place to go without your phone and let the warm water soak it all away.
2 – Find Relief from Symptoms of Arthritis
Arthritis is a condition which affects more than 46 million U.S. adults. (www.webmd.com/arthritis) There are over 100 different types of arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation found that hot tubs can help alleviate the pain associated with several types: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. They state the soothing warmth and buoyancy of warm water makes it a safe and ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. (www.arthritis.org.)
A hot tub can help provide relief for a variety of medical conditions. It starts with the basics of hydrotherapy. When you immerse your body into the warm water, it raises your body temperature, causing your blood vessels to dilate and increases circulation. Once your body is warm, you can add movement, perhaps a gentle water exercise to limber stiff joints and muscles. The water supports joints to encourage free movement, and also acts as resistance to help build muscle strength.
In addition, jet nozzles release warm water and air, massaging your body which helps relax tight muscles. Hydrotherapy has also been said to help reduce the additional side affects which often occur with arthritis- depression and fatigue.
3- Get Some Sleep
We are a sleep-deprived society. We work long hours, juggle multiple responsibilities and are always on the move. It is estimated 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a sleep disorder. But if we’re this busy, why can’t we sleep?
It is estimated 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning and adversely affecting health and longevity. There are around 90 distinct sleep disorders; most are marked by one of these symptoms: excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep; and abnormal events occurring during sleep. The cumulative long-term effects of sleep loss and sleep disorders have been associated with a wide range of health consequences including an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke. (Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation.)
There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep, but so many of us can’t get it naturally and have turned to sleeping aids for help. Many doctors recommend several alternatives to medicine, including setting a calming nightly routine.
Soaking in a hot tub can help you sleep. In fact, research says it helps you get to sleep faster, longer and deeper. Hydrotherapy induces the body’s natural sleep mechanics and just 20 minutes in a hot tub before bed each night can help to relieve stress and anxiety, thus making it easier to fall asleep. In addition, it induces a more restful sleep. Using aromatherapy in a spa may also heighten the stress relief and relaxation benefits.
4- Ease That Pain
Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Pain is cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system. It is a leading cause of disability and it is a major contributor to health care costs.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics (2006), approximately 76.2 million, one in every four Americans, have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours and millions more suffer from acute pain. Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability.
The diversity of pain conditions requires a diversity of treatment approaches. Whether you suffer from previous injuries, chronic joint or muscle pain, or the daily grind wears you down, soaking in a hot tub may provide the relief you are looking for.
Soaking in the soothing warm water can help relieve tense, sore muscles, headaches and chronic pain by improving circulation. The combination of warm water and pulsating jets provide a wonderful massage experience for pain management, soothing sore muscles, relieving tension, and providing the ultimate relaxation.
5- Spend Quality Time with Loved Ones
We are a busy society and have become so distracted by computers, phones, and busy schedules. Finding time for yourself and your loved ones has become another daily challenge.
A hot tub can provide that escape where you can go alone for 20 minutes to be with your thoughts and escape from the noise of life. You can leave your devices in the house, look at the stars and relax. This is a great time to get some alone time with a loved one and catch up on the day. For families, it’s a great way to connect and share- without the distractions of TV or phones.
If you find you are dealing with too much stress, fighting a daily battle with pain management, or just can’t seem to find time for yourself or your loved ones, maybe it’s time to try soaking in a hot tub! Learn more about hydrotherapy and hot tub health benefits.
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