‘Hot’ Healing: 5 Ways Hot Tubs Can Help You Recover from Injury

Behold the transformative power of the hot tub – it can take you from “Ow!” to “Ooh!” to “Ahh!”

Hydrotherapy is gaining momentum as one of the most effective forms of physical therapy, and a hot tub’s combination of buoyancy, heat and massage can help users recover from minor muscle and joint injuries.

“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.”

Here are five ways a hot tub can help you recover from an injury:

  1. Healing Muscles

Immersion in warm, comfortable water can help your muscles loosen and release built-up tension. The water’s buoyancy makes your body considerably lighter, lifting pressure and weight from sore and aching muscles and joints, allowing your body to focus solely on relaxation and rejuvenation.

  1. Improved Circulation

Hot tub usage can improve circulation and aid in the production of positive endorphins, ultimately helping to reduce feelings of pain and anxiety. A daily 15-minute soak in 102-degree water can increase blood flow, Dubuc says.

  1. Better Sleep

Improved circulation leads to more energy throughout the day and better sleep at night, which aids in recovery, according to Mark Bittle, Hanson HotSpring Spas sales director. “There’s a healing benefit in that your body recovers while you’re sleeping, as opposed to being awake,” he says.

  1. Workout Prep

When recovering from an injury, you don’t want to miss out on your usual physical fitness routine, and a quick dip can help you get ready for a workout.

“People who work out a lot actually benefit from getting in the tub before they work out because it loosens up their muscles and gets the blood flowing,” Dubuc says. A post-workout soak can also help with recovery after exercise.

  1. Relief and Stimulation

Don’t assume the water has to be hot.

“Just being immersed in water can do wonders by providing zero gravity – taking the pressure off of joints, helping with arthritis pain, loosening muscles and warming up your ligaments and tendons,” Bittle says.

Hydrotherapy can also help stimulate the skin, and mitigate symptoms of muscle sprains, back pain and arthritis. Adding elements such as eucalyptus can help clear up sinuses and improve breathing.

While hot tubs aren’t a replacement for physiotherapy – always consult your doctor before using one to treat an injury or health condition – they can enhance your treatment. Many shoppers at Hanson HotSpring hit the showroom for that purpose.

“Our staff is trained to find out who our customers are, and what benefits they want from the water,” Bittle says. “Some of our customers come in, and they just want to relax. Some come in, and they just want a party tub. Others come in, and they want therapy for the likes of a sore neck, sore back, sciatic nerve or restless leg syndrome.”

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