The Unexpected Health Benefits of Hot Tub Use

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The unexpected benefits of home spa use and how to make the most of your hot tub over the years.

Most of us have experienced the relaxed feeling you get after soaking in a hot tub, but few realize that their spa can work for them in many other ways as well. Researchers estimate that a staggering 80% of disease can be linked to stress. Warm water therapy can combat stress, aching joints, muscle stiffness, and even increase circulation. Many doctors recommend aquatic exercise to patients that suffer from a variety of conditions including arthritis, fibromyalgia, and back pain.

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How does aquatic therapy work? Because your body is naturally buoyant in water, the stress on your joints is greatly decreased. The warm water increases blood flow, loosening muscles and making stretching and exercising more comfortable. Exercising in your spa or hot tub 2-3 times weekly can help increase flexibility, range of motion and can prevent further joint damage. “In water, a person who has trouble moving on hard land with gravity and surfaces can move in ways they would never be able to do out of the water.” says Dr. Robert Gilbert, an orthopedic surgeon and clinical professor of orthopedics at University of California San Francisco Medical Center¹. In addition, hot tubs provide jet action massage that helps to provide immediate relief for muscle discomfort and stiffness.

Not only does warm water therapy help alleviate physical discomfort; it can also have significant emotional benefits. In case studies, researchers found a majority of patients participating in aquatic therapy programs experienced positive psychological changes including reduced anxiety, depression and improved mood. Adding aromatherapy or mineral salts to your aquatic exercise routine further helps to calm the senses and promote happy feelings.

Read more about the therapeutic benefits through use of home spas here. Hot tubs come in all different sizes to accommodate the needs of many, including light weight portable spas. The nation’s leading brands include Hot Spring, Master Spas, Belize, Dimension One, LifeCast and SuperTub soft tubs.

Consult with your physician before beginning any hot water therapy program. Your doctor can help determine if it’s right for you.

References

¹ http://www.centrahealth.com/health-library/a/1240-aquatic-therapy-for-arthritis

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: Benefits of Aquatic Therapy Continue to Grow

www.livestrong.com/article/117827-aqua-therapybenefits/

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital www.madonna.org/specialized_programs/aquatic_therapy/index.html

Arthritis Foundation http://www.arthritis.org/water-exercise.php

4 comments

  1. There are various benefits of the hot tubs .. It can provide you relief from the back pain.. Also helps to reduce the stress and beneficial for the diabetic patient as well as for the arthritis..

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  2. There are various health benefits of having a hot tub.. It can prevent you from many disorders like the diabetes, arthritis, back pain, etc..

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  3. True. People have used hot springs for relaxation and pain relief over the years. And it has been proven that hot tubs do offer therapeutic benefits. Aside from what’s already mentioned above, soaking in hot water before retiring to bed can give you a restful sleep. Reason: hot water prompts relaxation and the increase in body temperature helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I knew of all the physical benefits, but it never occurred to me that there are wonderful mental benefits as well. Makes sense, if your body is relaxed, your mind can follow.

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