Hot Tubs: How Back Pain Sufferers Can Benefit from Owning One

Humans have recognized the therapeutic value of bathing in heated water for literally thousands of years, from the ancient Greeks to Cleopatra-era Egyptians. With the back pain epidemic in the U.S. costing Americans billions and leading to more missed work days than anything else, hot tubs don’t just offer relief from pain, they can save us money.

Here are five ways hot tubs can relieve suffering, save money and add convenience to your life:

  1. Limber Up Muscles

When muscles tighten from spasm or overuse, they become shorter and less flexible. This inhibits range of motion and makes activities of daily living, like tying shoes, more difficult. The massage of hot tub jets combined with the heat of the water help muscles in the back relax. The soft-tissue massage releases lactic acid and the hot water speeds nourishing blood to affected areas.

Add to that the value of buoyancy in water. Because we’re lighter in water than in air—that’s why we float!—the downward pressure of gravity on our back is eased in a hot tub. That allows the spine to stretch, relieving pressure on the disks and providing relief from pain.

  1. Full Body Effects

The jets in a spa are positioned a little differently at each seat so that different parts of the body are the focus as you make your way around the spa. Why is that helpful to the back? Because our body systems don’t live in a bubble; they are all interconnected. Tightness in, say, the calves, can cause tightness in the lower back. So massaging just one part of the body—even if it’s the area presenting pain—might not address the underlying issue that’s causing the pain. A hot tub provides the heat, buoyancy and massage all over the body.

  1. It Improves Other Therapies

Josiah Burrs, wellness specialist at Hanson HotSpring Spas in Colorado Springs, helped an elderly woman with degenerative arthritis purchase a spa that fit her needs. She walked gingerly and needed assistance climbing the steps into the hot tub. When he returned three months later to deliver supplies, she was climbing the steps herself and moving about without pain. The hot tub made her physical therapy sessions more productive, she said, because she began them with less pain and more range of motion.

  1. The Money Savings

How can a hot tub save money when it costs thousands of dollars? Think about how much you spend on chiropractors, physical therapists and other treatments for your back pain in one year. It doesn’t take many sessions for that to add up to the entire cost of the hot tub. Investing that money in a hot tub will pay dividends for years.

  1. The Convenience Means Less Pain and Suffering

You don’t have to call your hot tub and make an appointment. The hot tub doesn’t have to squeeze you in on Thursday at 3:00 pm. Your hot tub doesn’t go on vacation during the holidays, and you don’t have to drive across town or take time off from work to get relief. With a hot tub in your home, you can use it at your convenience with no waiting. Using it every day can provide ongoing relief from back pain, something you might not get from frequent medical interventions.

It’s important to note that hot tubs can’t replace medical interventions like chiropractic and physical therapy, but they can reduce the amount of medical attention necessary and reduce the amount of pain you endure in between those sessions.

To learn more about the benefits of hot tub use on your chronic back pain, visit Hanson HotSpring Spas’ showroom at 1835 Dublin Blvd. in Colorado Springs or see them online at


8 Ways a Hot Tub Promises Better Health

More than 35 percent of U.S. adults don’t get enough sleep. Eight in 10 Americans deal with life-impacting stress. As many as 100 million Americans experience chronic pain. For those seeking relief, consider how much hot tubs can do for your overall wellbeing.

According to a survey by Hot Spring Spas, hot tub owners reported the following benefits:

  • Better sleep (33.3 percent);
  • Improved recovery from exercise (49 percent); and
  • Recuperating from injury (22.4 percent).

Here are 8 ways the heat, buoyancy and massage of hot tubs promote better all-around health:

  1. Hot Tubs Soothe Arthritis Pain

Forty-three million Americans suffer from the pain and inflammation of Arthritis. One of the recommended ways to manage arthritis is moderate exercise. The heat of a hot tub and the buoyancy of the body in water allow for freer movement of the joints, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

  1. Hot Tubs Improve Sleep

One fifth of Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder, but a study in the scientific journal Sleep found that soaking in a hot tub for 15 minutes prior to bedtime can facilitate deeper, more restorative sleep. The heat and gentle massage are thought to relax the body and signal time to rest. Refreshing sleep is vital to human health.

  1. Hot Tubs Reduce Stress

Speaking of relaxation, soaking in a hot tub is the ultimate stress reliever. The therapeutic massage kneads out muscle soreness and the heat stimulates the release of endorphins – the body’s calming hormone. The body’s buoyancy in the water eases pressure off the muscles and joints. Together, these effects add up to physical stress relief. Additionally, lounging in a hot tub allows the mental and emotional stressors to wash away. Customers tell Jennifer Catterson, relaxation wellness specialist at Hanson HotSpring Spas in Colorado Springs, that they suffer fewer stress headaches and migraines since purchasing a hot tub.

  1. Hot Tubs and Heart Health

The heat and massage in a hot tub boost heart rate and circulation. Regular use can even improve heart health without exertion. And because hot tubs loosen up muscles, they allow for more and better exercise outside the spa. That’s a win-win for the heart.

  1. Hot Tubs Warm Up Muscles for Stretching and Exercising

Muscles and joints love hot tubs for a variety of reasons, one of which is that a hot tub helps warm them up before exercise. That’s why professional athletes soak in hot tubs before and after competing.

  1. Hot Tubs Can Help with Weight Loss

A hot tub isn’t diet and exercise, but it can help with weight loss by heating your body and forcing it to expend energy for cooling. If you do eat right and engage in physical activity, soaking in a hot tub adds a nice bonus.

  1. Hot Tubs Promote Skin Health

It’s true! The heat from hot tubs allow blood to deliver nutrients to your largest organ – your skin. It also causes perspiration, which flushes toxins out through the skin, improving its function and appearance. It can also remove excess oil from hair and give it a lustrous shine.

  1. And So Much More!

Hot tubs have been linked to diabetes management, reduction of chronic muscle and joint pain and a host of other ailments. In short, regular use of a hot tub just makes us feel better.

To learn more about the benefits of hot tub use, visit Hanson HotSpring Spas’ showroom at 1835 Dublin Blvd, under the big blue roof, in Colorado Springs or see them online at


5 Ways Luxuriating in a Hot Tub Alleviates Chronic Pain

Health care practitioners learn about pain in school, and one of the first lessons is that it interferes with the recovery process from physical injury or illness. Chronic pain can prevent sufferers from engaging in recreation and enjoying daily activities. It can also interfere with sleep and reduce their overall quality of life.

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 126 million Americans adults are living with pain.

Chronic pain can drain your bank account, too. Many who are suffering spend tens of thousands of dollars annually on treatments like massage, heat therapy and anti-gravity devices. A hot tub could deliver all of these benefits anytime for a lot less.  

Consider these five proven benefits of hot tub use.

1 - Heat

When we injure a muscle, what do doctors tell us to do once the swelling subsides? Apply heat. Why not bathe in heat instead? Hot water surrounds your body and penetrates the skin, increases blood flow, loosens muscles and stimulates repair. This is why professional athletes use hot tubs liberally to recover from injury.

Hot tubs are also a great way to warm up muscles before exercise. Research shows that applying moist heat before stretching reduces the risk of injury.

2 - Buoyancy

Gravity is the law, but when you step into the water, you don’t have to obey it. Water reduces your effective weight – and thus the pressure on your body – by 90 percent, points out Jennifer Catterson, relaxation wellness specialist at Hanson HotSpring Spas in Colorado Springs. Following elbow replacement surgery, Catterson was told by her physical therapist to rehab in her hot tub.

3 - Massage

The pressure from jets in a hot tub is not for everyone. But, for most of us, it works as a gentle, continuous massage of the affected area. The moving water kneads muscles much like a massage therapist would do, releasing lactic acid and promoting recovery from injury.

Unlike the work of a massage therapist or physical therapist, owning your hot tub means using it whenever you want, not just when you have an appointment. You determine the length of treatment based on your schedule and needs, and not having to travel or pay each time removes these impediments from getting the treatment you need.

4 - Effect on Arthritis

The Arthritis Foundation says hot tub use can offer relief from pain and stiffness for the 43 million Americans with arthritis. Increased blood circulation from the heat and freer movement in the water combine to provide an ideal environment for low-impact exercises.

“Regular sessions in your hot tub help keep joints moving. It restores and preserves strength and flexibility, and also protects your joints from further damage,” according to the Arthritis Foundation’s website.

5 - Improved Sleep

Poor sleep and chronic pain form a vicious cycle of cause and effect that worsens both conditions, but hot tubs reverse that effect. Studies have shown that hot tub use is associated with better sleep, and restorative sleep helps to ease the pain. And when pain is lessened, it helps a person’s sleep improve. It’s a cycle that could help chronic pain sufferers sleep soundly once again.

Catterson says about two-thirds of her customers are people buying hot tubs primarily for its therapeutic benefits and less for socializing and recreation. One husband-and-wife dental team were spending thousands of dollars on professional massages to heal their aching backs from bending over patients all day. Now they use the hot tub they purchased and save the money from all those visits. “We sleep better and work longer without pain,” she says.

To learn more about the benefits of hot tub use for chronic pain, visit Hanson HotSpring Spas’ showroom at 1835 Dublin Boulevard in Colorado Springs or see them online at

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“Humans are developed in water. We live dry, but we recover wet,” says Jeff Dubuc, a sales rep at Hanson HotSpring Spas. “That speaks to the benefits that hot water offers.”

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“One of the first questions we ask our customers is what do you want to get out of a hot tub?” says Andy Rusk of Hanson HotSpring Spas. “Many people will say they have back pain, knee pain or neck problems. They have stress. They want to relax. Based on what they tell us they’re looking for in aqua therapy, we can guide them to the various lines to show them the benefits of how the various seats and jet packages will hit those muscle groups to relieve that tension.”

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