Health benefits

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. 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 benefits to health. 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 certain time period.

Circulation

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, allowing blood to move faster and farther inside 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. The sensation will be noticeable if you pay attention to it. It will be similar to the lively feeling you get after a hard workout.

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 dilates your arteries. Increased circulation can also help with general healing because an injury heals quicker if it has an influx of oxygenated blood.

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Muscle Pain

Muscle soreness from an injury or misalignment can negatively effect on your lifestyle. Application of high heat is a remedy for many types of pain because the heat relaxes the muscles and enables additional oxygenated blood to flow. These, 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. It is the preferred method to treat stiffness, aching, back pain, muscle spasms, tender joints, cramps, and other pain related symptoms [2].

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. It will loosen and relax the muscle, allowing more blood to flow through it providing 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. When the body is in a state of relaxation, the mind often follows.  The bubbles from the air jets create a perception of weightlessness as they rise against the body. The spa experience also causes the brain to release endorphins, hormones that activate analgesic effects on the body. When endorphins are released the sense of happiness supersedes feelings of depression or stress. Hot tubs can create a pleasant temporary escape from the chemical imbalances in our brains.

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 put 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, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. Hydrotherapy facilitates two positive effects on sore joints. Firstly, 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 cartilages are being exposed to tension from the weight above them. Arthritis should be treated like any other injury, meaning you should limit the impact on the affected area. One of the best ways to do this is to soak in a tub. This allows the joints that have been compressed all day to expand and rest because the body weight isn’t acting as a force against them[4].

The other reason that hydrotherapy helps with arthritis is because it decreases inflammation. 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. 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. Decreased stress has just as many positive second order effects on the brain. For people that struggle with medication, hydrotherapy can be a safe remedy. Inflatable Jacuzzis are easy to maintain so you won’t have to worry about straining yourself to clean your inflatable tub. The best of luck and hope that hydrotherapy might help you with any pain you are dealing with.