February 02, 2022 2 min read
Hot tubs aren't just for fun and socialising, they provide hydrotherapy and health and wellness benefits.
Even if you are fit and active, get the occasional aches and pains or suffer from a long term illness, there are certain ways that a hot tub could benefit your health and wellness.
What is Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy or water therapy as it is sometimes called is when water is used to relieve pain and discomfort for overall well being. Hydrotherapy uses water at different temperatures to range from steam baths to cold showers.
Hydrotherapy is commonly used by Physiotherapists to aid better movement and muscle relaxation in Patients.
Hot tubs are an excellent example of hydrotherapy, as the combination of the warm water and the jets provide an excellent massage, relaxing the muscles and helping the blood flow easily. This is also called immersion therapy.
Some of the benefits of hydrotherapy include:
Boost of the Immune System
Blood flow and the circulation of white blood cells is increased during hydrotherapy, allowing lymph to move through the body, this improves the immune system which helps you to fight off any infections.
Anxiety and Stress Reduction
Research has shown that floating in the water, massage from massage jets and warm water can reduce anxiety, physical and mental stress, this is because the hot water helps the blood flow easily and allows it to become more oxygenated, meaning you breathe deeply and slowly. This will immediately start to reduce stress levels.
Hot tub aromatherapy scents can also be added to your hot tub to help your mood and aid in relaxation.
Muscle Pains and Arthritis
If you suffer from arthritis and other aches and pains, using a hot tub will provide some much-needed relief. The jet bubbles and hot water causes your blood circulation to increase and your muscles will start to relax, this reduces the inflammation in your joints.
According to research soaking in warm water is one of the oldest forms of therapy for arthritis.
Rehabilitation after Surgery or Injury
Many Hospitals use hydrotherapy for the rehabilitation of Patients, to treat the following conditions:
The increased blood flow helps to reduce any swelling and help to heal damaged tissue.
Having a soak in your hot tub before bed is proven to aid a restful nights sleep.
According to research, soaking in warm water for 15-20 minutes can put your body into a state of deep relaxation, making this the perfect time to use your hot tub especially if you have trouble falling asleep.
Headache and Migraine Reduction
One of the most common causes of headaches and migraines is tension and stress.
When you are in the hot tub, your muscles will be relaxed and aches and pains will feel relieved. Therefore, the risk of a tension headache or migraine is considerably reduced.
Skin Cleansing & Detox
With everyday life, pores in the skin can get blocked with bacteria and dead skin cells which can result in skin irritation, breakouts and infection
The hot water in a hot tub allows the skin to cleanse and purify. The hot temperature of the water allows pores to open up, releasing toxins and debris.
After using the hot tub simply shower and wash your face to see clearer glowing skin.
Making a hot tub the perfect way to maintain overall health and wellbeing.