Health benefits of using a hot tub
Let# take a look at the health benefits of using a hot tubOne of our favourite parts of any spa day is of course, relaxing in the hot tub. It seems we’re not the only ones who think so either. According to the retail giant, Argos, sales of at-home hot tubs have soared across the country by an incredible 385% year-on-year.
Aside from the thought of coming home after a long day at work and enjoying a relaxing soak, there are plenty of advantages of owning a hot tub, including the benefits they have to our health.
A survey commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation has revealed that a worrying 74% of Brits have felt so stressed over the last year that they’ve felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
Unfortunately, a hot tub can’t take away all your woes but it is important to set aside some time to unwind and forget about everyday stresses. Even just 10-15 minutes away from your phone or the kids can really help you to re-charge.
What’s more, the combination of buoyancy, heat and massage that you experience when in a hot tub, can help to relieve tension and stress. Buoyancy can help to ease pressure in joints and muscles while the heat increases blood flow to muscles which accelerates healing (if you’re very stressed you may experience muscle tension, headaches and soreness). Last but not least, hot tub jets provide therapeutic massage which stimulates the release of endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller and mood-booster.
If you haven’t experienced the joys of a hot tub before, there are plenty of hot tub retailers who provide hot tubs in Essex, Berkshire, Gloucestershire and all throughout the UK, such as London Essex Group, who will have a display hot tub that you can go and trial on their premises. So why not go and treat yourself to a free spa!
Improves health conditions
Medical research has linked regular hot tub use to improvements in a number of health conditions.
Arthritis – the Arthritis Research Campaign recommends using a hot tub to apply heat to arthritic joints. Doing so can promote muscle relaxation, decrease pain and joint stiffness and improve ease when performing exercise and daily activities.
Lowers blood pressure – a study carried out for The Mayo Clinic found that relaxing in a hot tub can be beneficial for heart disease patients. It was found that even as little as 15 minutes can help to lower blood pressure.
Type 2 diabetes – recent studies have shown that with continued use of hot tub therapy up to 30 minutes a day can help with type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar.
If you have any health conditions that require treatment, please speak to your doctor or health care professional before using a hot tub as any kind of therapy.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a whopping 30 million Brits suffer from mild to chronic insomnia as well as other sleep disorders.
A study in the journal ‘Sleep’ showed that soaking in a hot tub prior to bedtime can not only help you to fall asleep quicker, it also provides a deeper, more relaxing sleep. The reason why having a soak before bed can help is because sitting in a hot tub raises your body temperature and the weightlessness caused by the buoyancy of the water can be deeply relaxing, thus creating the right conditions for a deeper sleep.
Eases aches and pains
Whether you’re nursing an injury or you’ve just finished a tough workout, hot tubs are great at helping to ease aches and pains.
Many physicians and physical therapists recognise the value of a hot tub as an ideal environment for rehabilitation therapy for many reasons including:
- It can help ease muscle pain, fatigue, stiffness and soreness due to sports activities and exercising
- It raises body temperature and causes blood vessels to dilate, resulting in increased circulation and blood flow which accelerates the body’s natural healing process
- It speeds up the elimination of lactic acids and other toxins, which are replaced by oxygen and the body’s natural nutrients
- It provides the ideal environment for gentle stretching. Increased flexibility and range of motion can help prevent exercise-related injuries
Hot tub hydrotherapy
Combining water with air and heat to promote wellbeing in the form of hydrotherapy is used for various health issues including muscular conditions and rheumatic diseases.
Hydrotherapy involves the use of water for soothing an aching body or speeding up the recovery of other muscular ailments. What’s more, the jets massaging the skin can instill calmness and leave the body feeling invigorated.
Other benefits of hydrotherapy include:
- Reduction of muscle tension
- The ability to help heal injured tissues and rehabilitate damaged muscles and joints
- Boosts the immune system
I hope you have enjoyed this post on the health benefits of using a bot tub.