There are three factors at work in a spa: heat, buoyancy, and massage. Together they create a relaxing, soothing experience. And hot tubs are not just about relaxation, they do actually provide a multitude of health benefits as well.
Immersion in hot water raises the body temperature and causes the blood vessels to dilate, increasing circulation. The buoyancy of the water reduces body weight by approximately 90 percent, which relieves pressure on joints and muscles and creates the relaxing sensation of weightlessness.
The massaging action of a spa is created by sending a mixture of warm water and air through jet nozzles. This “energized” stream of water loosens tight muscles and stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. This acts as natural therapy for minor aches and pains.
Of course, a spa offers much more than just a good hydromassage. The many hot tub benefits to your health include restful and uninterrupted sleep. A hot tub is also your own private retreat that leaves you feeling mentally and emotionally refreshed. Fifteen minutes in the morning can awaken and revive you. And a soak before bedtime can make it easier to drift into a deep, restful sleep. A spa is something you’ll want to experience every day. Read on to learn a little about some of the other widely recognized health benefits of a hot tub.
One in three Americans — about 70 million people — suffers from some form of arthritis. Did you know the health benefits of hot tubs extend to arthritis as well? Although there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis, most are characterized by inflammation of the joints which causes swelling, pain, and stiffness, often resulting in loss of joint movement or function. A hot tub could be beneficial in most cases of arthritis to some extent.
Many people affected by arthritis often seek relief by soaking in the warm, soothing waters of a spa. A hot tub can provide the warmth, massage, and buoyancy needed to both relax and exercise joints and muscles in the convenience and comfort of your own backyard. Relaxed muscles create an overall feeling of comfort which can then make it easier to perform exercises and carry out daily tasks.
If you know someone who is affected by the pain and discomfort of arthritis, a spa may bring the relief they need. A Hot Spring spa is the ultimate way to soothe stiff, sore muscles and joints through state-of-the-art hydromassage.
For more than 16 million people who have diabetes, help may be as close as the nearest hot tub. A recent study by a Colorado researcher published in the New England Journal of Medicine brings the benefits of hot tub therapy to the surface and sheds new light on the advantages of spa ownership. According to the study, soaking in a hot tub can be beneficial for people who are affected with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
With this type of diabetes, people can often control their condition with regular exercise and a good diet. Unfortunately, many diabetics are physically unable to endure rigorous activity and maintain a steady weight. In a recent study conducted by Dr. Philip Hooper at the McKee Medical Center in Colorado, eight people with Type 2 Diabetes were placed in a hot tub for 30 minutes a day for three consecutive weeks. The results indicated that patients reported a 13 percent reduction in blood sugar levels, improved sleep, and an increase in their overall sense of well-being.
Sure, spas help ease muscle and joint pain. But did you know they can help you get a good night’s sleep as well? According to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 132 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders including mild to chronic insomnia, pauses in breathing, and snoring. The poll found that 48 percent of women and 38 percent of men suffer from insomnia more than one night a week. This number is on the rise as evidenced by the growing number of sleep disorder centers across the nation (approximately 3,000 in the U.S. today). According to a sleep therapy center in Louisville, Kentucky, insomnia is the second most prevalent reason people go to the doctor (after pain).
Sleep researchers believe that many cases of insomnia can be traced to hectic, stressful lifestyles lived by otherwise healthy people. The results of sleep deprivation are varied and may cause battered nerves, grogginess, lapses in memory, depression, and erratic mood swings.
Immerse Yourself In Liquid Tranquility
So how can you help your body enter a deep sleep? According to a recent study in the scientific journal Sleep, a drop in body temperature can help to ease your body into a deeper, more relaxing sleep. Therefore it is suggested that you soak in very hot water (103° F) approximately 90 minutes before bedtime. This causes the body’s internal thermostat to pull your temperature down, enabling sleep to set in with more ease. An ideal way to achieve this is to take a 15-minute soak in a spa. This therapeutic use of warm water is called hydromassage. The beauty of a spa-induced sleep is that it is a natural remedy, unlike alternative sleeping aids such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter remedies, and alcohol — all of which can make you feel groggy and have other adverse side effects.
Spas also can help accelerate the natural-healing process by easing pain, fatigue, and soreness due to exercising. In addition, use of a hot tub could lower your blood pressure and also relax muscles and stimulate the release of endorphins. Spending just a small amount of time every day in a spa can increase blood flow and circulation. On top of all that, spas can also speed up the elimination of toxins, which are replaced by oxygen and the body’s natural nutrients.
Affected by stress, the heart works harder, breathing becomes more rapid and shallow, and digestion slows. Nearly every process of the body is degraded. Researchers have estimated that 80 percent of disease is stress related. Since we usually can’t avoid it, the key to dealing with stress is relieving it!
A soothing and relaxing soak in a hot tub can help counteract stress and its effects on the human body. It is the perfect antidote to a hectic and stressful lifestyle. The warm water and soothing massage relieves anxiety and relaxes tense muscles, helps relieve high blood pressure, headaches, and chronic pain due to stress.
With all these health benefits, can you afford to deny your family access to the possibility of better health and improved well-being? Call or visit us today to learn more about how a new or used hot tub could be the right move for you.