Health Benefits of Hot Tub

The main reason that we soak in a hot tub, is because we enjoy the relaxing environment that the warm water and jets create for us. A hot tub can provide an escape from the stress of the day by soothing the mind and body. But, did you know that a daily soak in a hot tub can actually have therapeutic benefits as well? Soaking in hot water is one of the oldest forms of physical therapy, dating back to the beginning of recorded history. Studies and medical research show that hydrotherapy can have positive effects both physically and emotionally. Soaking in hot water can relieve stress, alleviate muscle pain, reduce pain from arthritis, as well as provide many other beneficial health effects. It isn’t often that we find out that something that we enjoy is also healthy, so we are excited to share some of the potential health benefits associated with soaking in your inflatable hot tub. The quality of portable hot tubs have increased dramatically in the past few years. So much, so, that inflatable hot tubs can be used in the winter, so your therapy isn’t limited to summer months.

Circulation

Your body is more ‘alive’ when more blood flows through it because your muscles are replenished with more oxygen-rich blood. There is plenty of medication available to improve cardiovascular circulation, but soaking in a hot-tub is a natural way to accomplish the same end state. Whenever you immerse yourself in hot water, you raise your body temperature which dilates your blood vessels. Wider blood vessels reduce the friction and pressure that slows blood flow, and allows your blood to move faster and farther to your body [1]. You will notice this the most in your extremities, which fresh blood often has trouble reaching. Increased blood flow is beneficial for your heart and lungs as well as your muscles. After a soak in your blow up hot tub, you will feel invigorated because your muscles received an extra dose of oxygen due to increased circulation. The sensation will be noticeable if you pay attention to it. It will be similar to the lively feeling that you get after a hard workout, which is also the result of increased blood flow.

Increasing circulation is a remedy for many other ailments, too. For example soaking in a hot tub can help with high blood pressure because it relaxes you and dilates your arteries. Increased circulation can also help with general healing because an injury is able to heal quicker if it has an influx of oxygenated blood.

Muscle Pain

Muscle soreness from an injury or misalignment can negatively effect on your lifestyle. Often people with muscle pain don’t sleep as well, are less physically active, and are just not as happy because they are trying to function with discomfort or pain. Application of high heat often is a remedy for many types of pain because the heat relaxes the muscles and enables additional oxygenated blood to flow through and rejuvenate the muscle tissue. For isolated pain a heating pad might be enough, but for pain that extends across larger areas of the body doctors often recommend hydrotherapy. Doctors say that soaking in hot water is an also appropriate way to treat isolated muscle pain, but it is the preferred method to treat widespread pain like stiffness, aching, back pain, muscle spasms, tender joints, pain that is worse at different times of the day, cramps, and other widespread pain related symptoms [2]. Soaking in a hot tub is like applying a heating pad to your whole body. You will get the same benefits to every other muscle in your body that you are getting on the isolated area. And while you are treating your pain, you will be also be enjoying the relaxing environment that an inflatable spa creates.

If your portable jacuzzi has hydro jets, you can position your body so that the jets are pumping a stream of water onto your sore muscle. This accomplishes the same thing that a massage accomplishes. It will loosen and relax the muscle, allowing more blood to flow through it. This promotes additional healing.

Stress

Hydrotherapy is often prescribed as an alternative to medication for stress management. People seeking a natural holistic approach to reducing stress have found that spending time in a spa can improve mental well-being [3]. In general, heat provides a soothing and relaxing effect to the body and mind. It slows down the pace of internal organs and lowers the heart rate, which rests the body. When the body is in a state of relaxation, the mind often follows. While your mind is relaxing, it is easier to focus on simpler, more peasant things, because your mind is consumed by the sensations that it is experiencing at that moment. The bubbles from the air jets create a perception of weightlessness as they rise against the body. The mind often allows itself focus on these feelings and, in the process, releases thoughts that aren’t important to the moment like the stressors of our everyday lives.

The spa experience also causes the brain to release endorphins, which are hormones that activate analgesic effects on the body and make you feel happy. When endorphins are released the sense of happiness supersedes feelings of depression or stress so hot tubs can create a pleasant temporary escape from the chemical imbalances in our brains that cause depression and stress.

Insomnia

One of the second order effects of stress reduction, is an ability to sleep better. Some doctors suggest hydrotherapy to patients that suffer from sleep disorders. Soaking in a hot tub at night right before you go to sleep, will clear your mind and relax your body, putting your body in a state that is easier to transition into REM sleep. For people that struggle with falling asleep, getting into a healthy routine is one of the best ways to promote a natural sleep cycle. Adding hydrotherapy to the end of your daily routine is a great way to facilitate natural sleep mechanics.

Arthritis

Soaking in warm water is an effective treatment for various forms of arthritis including, but not limited to arthritis, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. Hydrotherapy facilitates two positive effects on sore joints; it reduces the force of gravity that compresses the joints and decreases swelling and inflammation. Whenever you are standing upright, all of your joints have vertical pressure applied to them due to gravity. Even if you aren’t moving, the cartilage where your bones meet are being exposed to tension from the weight above it. Arthritis should be treated like any other injury, meaning you should limit the impact on the affected area, in this case the joints. One of the best ways to do this is to soak in a tub. Whenever you are laying in a tub of warm water, your body is not being pulled to the ground because your body is buoyant. This allows the joints that have been compressed all day to expand once again and rest because the weight of your body isn’t acting as a force against them[4].

The other reason that hydrotherapy helps with arthritis is because it decreases inflammation. Arthritis is basically pain and swelling in the joints resulting from deterioration in the cartilage padding. One of the best ways to treat swelling it to apply heat to the swollen area. This can be difficult if the swelling is spread across the whole body, though. Fortunately, a hot tub can distribute heat evenly across the body, reducing joint swelling. If you are able to do some gentle stretching inside your tub, you can increase blood flow to frozen joints as well.

Conclusion

There is a reason that humans have been soaking in hot water as a healing treatment since the beginning of time. To put it simply, hydrotherapy works. Soaking in a hot tub can have many more beneficial health benefits than the four that we listed in this article. Increased circulation has countless second order positive effects on the body, and decreased stress has just as many positive second order effects on the brain. For people that are struggling with medication that isn’t working, hydrotherapy can be a safe remedy to combine with your current treatment to enhance the effects. Inflatable jacuzzis are easy to maintain so you won’t have to worry about straining yourself to clean your inflatable tub. For people who are seeking to take an alternative natural approach first, soaking in a hot tub is a safe holistic remedy that has been used since the beginning of time. Whatever you ailment is, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you the best of luck and hope that hydrotherapy might help you with any pain you are dealing with.

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