Anyone who has had the opportunity to soak in a hot tub knows it can be an extremely relaxing experience, but did you know that regular use of a hot tub can actually afford you other proven health benefits? In 2016 nearly 20 million households in America owned a pool, spa, or hot tub, and for good reason – studies show a vast number of illnesses and injuries can be improved with hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is defined as “the use of water in the treatment of disease or injury” and can include both hot and cold water therapies such as heated whirlpools and pool exercises, as well as compresses and water consumption. Aromatherapy can be incorporated using special scents made specifically for the hot tub, and could further increase the realxation benefits. The following is a list of just some of the ways a hot tub can improve your health and well being.
- Soaking in a hot tub before bed can allow you to fall asleep faster, and sleep more deeply, by raising your body temperature and helping you to relax. Better sleep can lead to a boost in your immune system, improved memory and concentration, reduced appetite, decreased risk of diabetes and overall improved heart health, and relieve depression and anxiety.
- The heated water and massage in a hot tub can relieve tension in the body, relieving stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure and decreasing the frequency and severity of migraines cause by tension.
- Relaxed muscles are more flexible, allowing for therapeutic exercises that might not otherwise be possible with certain injuries or conditions.
- Increased circulation can reduce inflammation in joints, providing relief for arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel, and other conditions that cause painful joints.
- Hot temperatures plus increased circulation mimic some aspects of physical exercise, and combined with better sleep, can actually decrease blood sugar levels in people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
- Improved circulation means an increase in endorphins and white blood cells and can boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, heal damaged tissue, and give you healthier, younger looking skin.
- Hot tubs don’t just create heat, they create steam, and steam can open and help to clear airways which can lead to fewer sinus headaches.
- An increase in white blood cells will additionally help to fight off infection, and can relieve symptoms in people suffering from upper respiratory infections, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and similar ailments.
- Boosted immune system can reduce symptoms in individuals with multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, bursitis, influenza, and even the common cold – and that’s just for starters!
If you or a loved one suffers from a painful health condition or illness that could be improved by having a hot tub, take the time to learn more and talk to your doctor about just what it could do for you – in certain individuals, such as pregnant women, those with nerve damage, circulation disorders, or those with pacemakers, for example, a hot tub could be dangerous – but if it’s the right decision for you, you could start improving your health simply by spending some time in the hot tub.