By Larry Ovalle
For thousands of years, people have been drawn to hot springs. The combination of relaxing heat, lighter-than-air buoyancy, and muscle stimulation creates an experience that relieves physical burdens, lifts the spirits, and brings people closer together. Whether you are experiencing joint or muscle pain, having trouble sleeping, or are under a lot of stress, the healing effects of spending time in a hot tub may be just what you need.
Heat, buoyancy, and hydromassage
Hot tubs offer the physical and emotional benefits of heat, buoyancy, and hydromassage for people of varying ages. Full immersion into hot water helps increase muscle temperature in a way that no hot compress ever can. When body temperature is raised, blood flow and pulse rate increases, blood vessels dilate, and circulation is improved. In hot water, the body also benefits from open pores, relaxed tissues, and improved water loss. Even your complexion gets a boost from a hot-water soak, causing you to sweat and rid your skin of toxins and improving its appearance.
In addition, a full-body soak offers 360-degree support for sore limbs and compressed joints, helping to decrease swelling and inflammation, while increasing circulation. As a result, the increased exertion your heart is experiencing from improved circulation can even work to help your heart get stronger.
Further, hydromassage jets can help manipulate tissues and assist in repairing and recovering sore muscles and joints. While low-volume/high-pressure water flow through jets can cause pain and irritation to the skin, high-volume/low-pressure water jets are soothing. Experiencing heat, buoyancy, and massage separately can be beneficial to the mind and body. However when combined, these three elements can provide relief from an array of ailments.
High levels of stress can affect our lives emotionally, mentally, and physically. However, making time for hydrotherapy in your hot tub can be a simple way to escape from a hectic world. In addition to the freedom your hot tub can provide from the stresses of the harried world of computers, smartphones, and television, a series of Yale University studies cited evidence that physical warmth may improve emotional well-being. A hot-water massage can also decrease levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and releases endorphins that reduce stress naturally, boosting the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. According to Kathleen Hall of the Stress Institute, “Water is our connection to life itself. Schedule a regular time to soak in the tub.”
Lower back pain
Nearly every adult can remember suffering from lower back pain at some point. In 2009, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicated that 28 per cent of Americans reported having pain in the lower back during a three-month period. Back pain is often linked to myofascial trigger pains, known as ‘knots’ in your muscles, which can be caused by heavy lifting, postural problems, and stress. These spasms and back tension drastically reduce blood supply to key muscles in your back, equaling more pain for you.
However, respite can be found through hydromassage in your hot tub by facilitating the removal of lactic acid, increasing local circulation, and reducing muscle tension.