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The tradition of using hot water for medicinal and wellness purposes dates back to ancient Greece. Hydrotherapy, the combination of heat, massage and buoyancy, has been proven by researchers and medical professions to help relieve stress, pain and other symptoms. There’s no need to visit a day or resort spa when you can provide your own hydrotherapy at home with the perfect hot tub.
The jets on a hot tub can give you a full-body massage, relaxing tension from muscles, while the natural buoyancy of the water relieves pressure on strained joints and muscles. Heat dilates blood vessels, increasing blood flow to carry oxygen and nutrients to sore and damaged tissues. It can help speed recovery from injuries. In fact, hot tubs are often used in hospitals to aid in the rehabilitation process.
The best spas are designed with different jet locations in different seats, so every person can choose the seat that soothes their aches and pains best. In many hot tubs you can even adjust the position of jets to target knee pain, back pain and neck pain.
When approved by a physician, hot tubs can relieve and reduce the effects of arthritis. The warmth is good for improving joint flexibility, strength, range of motion and even balance. Spas are excellent for low-impact exercise such as yoga and water aerobics. The water lessens the impact on joints, so you can just reap the benefits of the exercise, without the pain afterward. Directing jets at pressure points can help improve joint and muscular functions.
The heart association has even mentioned the benefits of hot tubs in patients with or at risk for heart disease and diabetes. Just soaking in warm water dilates the blood vessels, lowering blood pressure and increasing blood flow to the extremities. Ultimately, the gentle pressure from a hot tub can strengthen your heart.
Immersion in a warm, soothing hot tub before bed has been known to help you transition into sleep. In preparation for a good night’s sleep, soaking in a spa can help relieve stress and release hormones that block pain or stressors from reaching your brain.
Overall, hot tubs help to reduce stress. The warm water and pulsing jets release endorphins (chemicals in the brain) that allow the body to relax. Less stress and more endorphins help to improve your mood. In addition, a variety of add on features of hot tubs, such as lights, waterfalls and fragrances can enhance the experience. Multi-points of light help to calm your mind, while aromatherapy crystals for hot tub water can trigger a sensation that will help you meditate and transport you to a stress-free place.
Please consult a medical professional for specific advice and recommendations on relieving stress, pain or other physical conditions through hot tub or spa use.