We’ve all experienced the soothing effects of sitting in a hot tub, but do we understand what makes it feel so great? Just as the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians believed in the healing power of hydrotherapy, we know that the relaxing heat and jet-driven water does wonders to relieve physical burdens while decreasing stress levels, but how? Here, we will discuss the many benefits of hot tub hydrotherapy, and how they promote the body’s natural healing processes.
1. Pain Relief: Hydrotherapy is the use of water to relieve physical discomfort, but the temperature of the water used plays an important role in the therapeutic properties of the treatment. Hot water has long been sought after for its ability to relieve bodily discomfort, such as muscle soreness, arthritis, and back pain, and is often recommended to expedite recovery from injuries. Researchers conclude that hot tub hydrotherapy facilitates the removal of lactic acid, opens blood vessels for better circulation, aids the flow of endorphins, and relaxes the soft tissue surrounding arthritic joints. In combination with heat, factory-built hot tubs with their myriad jets can improve joint and muscular functions by directing hot jet-driven water to specific trouble points or pressure points in the hands and feet.
2. No Stress: Of course, physical discomfort is often caused by high stress levels, but the reverse can occur as well. The key to overall wellness is to ensure a healthy mind and body, and hot tub hydrotherapy has provided an effective means of taking care of both. While soothing sore muscles and joints, a 20 minute hydrotherapeutic session in a hot tub can ease headaches and promote relaxation. Many portable hot tubs offer hot water massage elements that stimulate natural, stress-relieving endorphins.
Aromatherapy uses aromatic evaporating plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being. When added to a hot tub, specific scents can have therapeutic stress-relieving effects on the mind and body. The steam created by the hot tub allows the essential oils to be inhaled, and can relieve stress headaches.
3. Better Sleep: Hot tub hydrotherapeutic sessions can also promote better sleep. In fact, studies have shown that people struggling with sleep fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer after hot tub emersion. The rapid eye movement (REM) cycle is also observed to be more refreshing after the rejuvenating effects of a hot tub hydrotherapy session.
As you may have noticed, the benefits of hot tub hydrotherapy are very interconnected. Stress can play a role in physical discomfort and sleep deprivation, physical ailments can prevent a good night’s sleep and cause stress over missing work, and not getting enough sleep can create health problems and, of course, stress. Whether a hot tub provides a relaxing environment where you can just clear your mind, or you need the pain relieving properties of hydrotherapy to soothe overworked muscles or speed recovery from injuries, hot tubs can provide effective and speedy healing and rejuvenation of your mind and body that lasts.
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