The Health Benefits of Hydrotherapy
Did you know that relaxing in a spa regularly can help to improve your health? You can experience a wide range of health benefits through a water-based therapeutic technique known as hydrotherapy. The combination of heat, massage, and buoyancy help your body relax and heal by creating a seamlessly weightless environment. Hydrotherapy is known for helping to improve your circulation and even release physical tension throughout the body. By soaking in a spa for as little as 15 minutes a day, you can experience all the healing power that hydrotherapy has to offer.
What Is Hydrotherapy?
the improvement in your health and wellness is one of the most common reasons for buying a hot tub. Hydrotherapy is the practice of using heated water for pain relief and symptom management. At AquaVision Pool & Spa, we firmly believe that only the best hot tubs promote health and wellness with hydrotherapy.
Hydrotherapy in a spa is based on the winning combination of three elements: heat, buoyancy, and massage. The heat dilates blood vessels to increase blood flow to sore or damaged tissue. Buoyancy reduces body weight by 90 percent, alleviating pressure on joints and muscles. And massage performs the ultimate spa mission, relaxing muscles and relieving pressure on nerves. It also boosts circulation and accelerates the body’s natural healing process.
You can experience the following benefits through hydrotherapy:
- Manage symptoms of arthritis
- Natural approach to pain relief
- Boost in immunity
- Reduce your risk of injury during exercise
- Decrease levels of stress
- Quality time with loved ones
- Increase in energy and productivity
- Improve sleep patterns
Improving Your Health with Spa Hydrotherapy
Could your health and wellness stand to benefit from the healing power of hydrotherapy? Relaxing in a spa for as little as 15-20 minutes several times a week, if not every day, can help to relax your muscles, boost your circulation and ease the stress that is both physical and emotional. These healing effects can lead you toward better health and wellness.
Disclaimer: Consult a physician to ensure your best health before using a spa to improve or treat an existing health condition or injury.
Relieving the Pain of Arthritis and Other Chronic Conditions
A soak in a spa is beneficial for so many people, but the pulsating thermal waters have particular benefits for those dealing with arthritis pain. Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine report that hydrotherapy provides a viable option for improving pain, mobility, and quality of life in patients with arthritis. Some people with arthritis even report that the warm water makes it easier to do gentle stretching in the hot tub. This stretching helps with increased grip strength, mobility and flexibility.
Those experiencing chronic pain from other conditions, such as fibromyalgia, can also find relief from their symptoms through hydrotherapy. Spa time has been found to have a calming effect on people living with fibromyalgia, helping lift their spirits and relieve some of their pain.
If you’re stressed, you’re familiar with the symptoms—tension headaches, tight shoulders, and an overall sense of feeling overwhelmed. You need to relax and de-stress to experience optimal mental and physical wellness, and your hot tub is the place where that can happen.
In fact, studies at Washington State University found that immersion in warm water actually alters the autonomic nervous system, creating changes similar to those experienced during relaxation. Spa time also helps reduce anxiety. A Sundance® spa provides a safe haven from the pressure and worries that fill a day. Just let the soothing warm water and massaging jets help you release your cares and feel like yourself again.
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As much as a hot tub can do for your personal life, it can benefit your work life and productivity as well. The ability to shut out daily demands allows you to decompress and renew your strength, which will prepare you to take on the world after your soak. So, rather than thinking of things you should be doing when you step into your home spa, concentrate on how much more energized you’ll feel after taking 20 minutes to relax and renew.
After all, the warmth of the water and the massaging jets help increase circulation, stimulate muscles, and ease joint pain. What better recipe for productivity?
Because it increases circulation, hot water hydrotherapy can boost the immune system, helping it work more efficiently. The stimulated immune system also helps injured tissue heal faster.
Of course, there’s no guarantee you won’t catch a cold or the flu when everyone around you is sick. But you can find relief from cold or flu symptoms by spending time in your hot tub. Just like putting your face over a bowl of steaming water helps clear your nasal passages, relaxing in a hot tub can help clear your nose and throat. Just remember to keep a facial tissue or handkerchief nearby in case your nose starts to run. And be sure to consult your physician before engaging in hydrotherapy when you’re sick, especially if you have a fever.
Strengthening Bonds with Friends and Family
Owning a hot tub isn’t only a luxury for your muscles and mind; it’s also a great way to connect with the special people in your life. Having a hot tub provides a place of connection with your family–without technology. After a long day, you can look forward to relaxing with your loved ones in the hot tub and sharing the type of conversation that never happens when everyone is glued to a screen.
Of course, your spa will also make the perfect place for a date night any time you and your partner need to reconnect. And why not make it a neighborhood-gathering place, too? Invite your friends and neighbors over for some cool drinks, finger foods, and a relaxing soak.
Getting a Better Night’s Sleep
Studies have found that spending 20 minutes in a warm spa before bedtime can get your body ready for sleep, thanks to the changes in body temperature and an overall feeling of relaxation. The buoyancy of the warm water decompresses your joints, while your heartbeat decreases to a resting state.
And if you suffer from restless legs syndrome—a major cause of insomnia—experts say you can calm your lower extremities by spending time in the spa before bed.
Of course, insomnia can strike at any time, and for a variety of reasons. That’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends establishing a regular bedtime routine to prepare your body for sleep. Time in a spa can be a relaxing part of that routine, and can significantly improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep.
Reducing the Risk of Injury During Exercise
Stretching relaxes the soft tissues around the joints, making them more pliable. Though it’s widely recognized that stretching is beneficial, you may experience difficulty doing stretches and exercises on dry land. The solution? The warm, bubbly water of your spa. The heated water makes it more comfortable to perform simple stretches, and the water’s buoyancy and support creates less impact on your joints.
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How Aromatherapy Can Help
Aromatherapy utilizes the healing power of certain scents and oils to help improve one’s overall wellness. With the right spa-friendly approach, you can bring the physical and emotional benefits of aromatherapy to your next soak.
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