More Than Just Relaxing – A Hot Tub Can Be Good for You Too.

Discover what ancient cultures knew millennia ago – immersion in hot water can be good for the body, mind and spirit. Besides providing a relaxing hydrotherapy experience, hot tubs and portable spas provide many health benefits, especially for people suffering from arthritis, diabetes, and sleep deprivation. A long, soothing soak in a Hot Spring spa could be just what the doctor ordered. Whether it’s to unwind from the complexities of everyday life or to soothe sore muscles and joints caused by sports or minor strains, a Hot Spring spa can help spa users feel better — naturally.

 

Arthritis Benefits of Hot Tubs

An estimated 50 million Americans are affected by some form of arthritis. Although there are more than 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.

Many people affected by arthritis seek relief by soaking in the warm, soothing water of a hot tub. 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 a backyard.

For more information regarding arthritis and the health benefits of hot tubs, visit the Arthritis Foundation website at www.arthritis.org

*The use of hot water or heat is recommended for many people with arthritis but not all. Consult with your physician.

 

The Hydrotherapy Experience

There are three factors at work in a spa: heat, buoyancy and massage. Together, they create a relaxing, soothing hydromassage experience.

  • Immersion in a hot tub raises the body temperature and causes the blood vessels to dilate, increasing circulation.
  • The buoyancy of the spa water reduces body weight by approximately 90%, 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 hydromassage jet nozzles. This “energized” stream of water loosens tight muscles and stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers.

 

A Prescription for Good Health: Slip into your spa and say “Aaah”

Discover what ancient cultures knew millennia ago – immersion in hot water can be good for your body, mind and spirit. Besides providing a relaxing hydromassage experience, a long, soothing soak in your Hot Spring spa could be just what the doctor ordered. A body of well-documented research suggests that hot water immersion can lower your blood pressure, increase blood circulation, loosen tight muscles and release endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. Here are just a few benefits you may experience from hot tub hydromassage therapy:

  • A natural remedy for insomnia
  • Increased joint mobility, flexibility and range of motion
  • Reduction in joint stiffness and swelling
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Better, more rejuvenating sleep
  • Arthritis pain relief

 

Diabetes Benefits of Hot Tubs

For the more than 23.6 million people who have diabetes (Type 1 or 2), help may be as close as the nearest hot tub. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that soaking in a hot tub can be beneficial for people affected by Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and sheds light on the advantages of spa ownership.

With this type of diabetes, people can often control their condition with regular exercise and a good diet. Unfortunately, some diabetics are physically unable to endure rigorous activity and maintain a steady weight. Soaking in a hot tub may contribute to:

  • An increase in overall sense of well being
  • Improved sleep

For more information regarding diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association website at www.diabetes.org

* Source: (2007). New England Journal of Medicine, * Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2007). National diabetes fact sheet. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2007.pdf

 

Sleep Benefits of Hot Tubs

Sleep researchers believe that many cases of insomnia can be traced to hectic, stressful lifestyles. The results of sleep deprivation are varied and may cause battered nerves, grogginess, lapses in memory, depression, and erratic mood swings. Soaking in a hot tub prior to going to bed can help allow for important stress relief and relaxation, leading to a deep and more peaceful sleep.

According to a study in the scientific journal Sleep, a drop in body temperature can help to ease the body into a relaxing and sound sleep.

  • Therefore it is suggested to take a 15-minute soak in a hot bath or hot tub (103F degrees) approximately 90 minutes before bedtime. This causes the body’s internal thermostat to pull the body’s temperature down, enabling sleep to set in with ease.
  • Spa-induced relaxation and sleep is a natural remedy, unlike alternative sleeping aids such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter remedies and alcohol, which can make a person feel groggy and have other adverse side effects.

The National Sleep Foundation conducted a poll and found that 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, Ky., insomnia is the second most prevalent reason people go to the doctor (after pain).

For more information on the health benefits of hot tubs, visit the National Sleep Foundation’s website at www.sleepfoundation.org .

*Source: Helping yourself to a better night’s sleep. (1999). National Sleep Foundation.

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