4 Health and Wellness Benefits of Owning a Hot Tub

Take a soak and call your doctor in the morning? Maybe.

While it’s easy to dismiss a hot tub as a status symbol, it’s increasingly becoming a means for wellness. Studies show that hot water immersion helps maintain health and relaxation, decrease stress and speed recovery from injuries – even easing problems with obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and aging.

“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.”

Ready to relax and take charge of your health? Here are four health and wellness benefits of owning a hot tub.

  1. Healing

Warm water immersion helps people who suffer from arthritis, as well as pain in the lower back, knee, hip and other joints.

“Spas exert pressure on your entire body, and help to reduce swelling, particularly in the ankles and feet,” Rusk says.

Therapeutic exercise performed under water increases range of motion and decreases pain.

“For someone who experiences sore muscles from physical exercise from their job, sports, workouts, or other physical activity, going into the hot water is going to help relieve that pain because it’s taking all the pressure off the joints in your body,” he says. It puts your body in a weightless-like state.

  1. Heart Health

Folks using hot tubs can often see their blood pressure go down.

It increases heart rate, increasing blood flow by up to 33 percent, experts say.

“Your heart actually stretches because the water provides pressure against your entire body and focuses blood back to your chest cavity,” Rusk says. “That increases circulation and stretches your heart to act as if you’re exercising, even if you are just soaking in the water.”

“It’s a way to increase the heart rate without physical activity, which makes the heart stronger, makes it pump more and provides a means of exercise without pounding the body or physical exercise.”

  1. Relaxation

Managing stress increases our chances for healthier and happier lives; and immersion in hot water helps us reduce the effects of stress via the release of dopamine that causes relaxation. "Lactic acid is expelled much more easily, which has the effect of relaxing muscles and easing aches and pains." A hot tub can also stimulate circulation and cell movement, and the water pressure helps to relieve organs, enabling us to relax more easily.

  1. Mental Health

Immersion can also help reduce anxiety, fatigue, addiction and poor energy levels, among other conditions, according to experts.

“It helps those with sensory processing issues such as autism, ADHD and lack of ability to focus,” Rusk says.

Another plus: It helps you fall asleep easier and gives give you a deeper sleep.

“Even a five-minute hot soak can lead to reduction of anxiety,” Rusk says.

For more information about hot tubs and healthy living, visit Hanson HotSpring Spa at 1835 Dublin Blvd., in Colorado Springs or contact them at (719) 593-7727, or visit HansonSpa.com.