“Life these days is busy, stressful, and maybe even painful. A hot tub at home provides a relaxing escape and adds the soothing effects of warm, streaming water to our everyday lives. The benefits of heat, buoyancy of water, and massage from the hot tub jets provide much more than just a calming soak.

The healing properties of warm water immersion and massage have been celebrated and practiced for centuries.

Relax… Relaxation may be one of the first reasons why people want to experience a hot tub. The effects of hydrotherapy are enhanced when used on a regular basis. Stress is reduced naturally when the body is stimulated through massage, exercise and other means.

These activities release neurotransmitters called endorphins, which assist the body in handling pain, stress and emotions.

Warm water massage in hot tubs is one way to release endorphins, naturally increasing pleasure and relieving stress. Headaches can be reduced as water jets in hot tubs and whirlpools help to dilate blood vessels, increasing blood flow.

Scientific studies have also shown a balance between the autonomic nervous system and warm water therapy. This can lead to a strong sense of wellbeing and the ability to focus.

Additionally, hot tub therapy may alleviate mental anxiety. By taking time out to breathe deeply and refocus your mind while you soak, you may yield an energizing effect that will build from within and you will better be able to face the mental and physical challenges of the day.

Sleep may come faster and longer to those who take advantage of hydrotherapy.

The National Sleep Foundation reports that soaking in a hot tub before bed can ease the transition into deeper, more comfortable sleep.

The deep, relaxing sensation you get from time spent soaking in a hot tub helps release tension and starts you on the path to a restful slumber.

Once you’re immersed in warm water, your body’s temperature is raised, which increases blood circulation. When you leave the hot tub, your core temperature lowers slowly, signaling to the body that it’s time to sleep.

Rejuvenate… If you have been in an accident, or had recent surgery, recovery time can be improved in a hot tub. Soaking, floating and using buoyancy to practice mobility exercises, along with stretching affected area(s) will allow skin and muscles to loosen and relax.

The human body naturally heals damaged areas through improved blood flow to injuries. Increased blood flow and oxygen will also speed the healing process.

Medical professionals suggest warmth to increase circulation and assist healing. Time in a warm hot tub, especially those equipped with soothing jets, helps increase circulation so the blood can supply nutrients to help cells and tissues regenerate.

According to the textbook Comprehensive Aquatic Therapy by Drs. Bruce Becker and Andrew Cole, “immersion in warm water can lead to a faster and longer-lasting recovery. An environment which is less prone to cause pain, and is even pleasurable, makes immersion in warm water a unique healing environment.”

Reinvigorate…Arthritis affects more than 70 million people in the USA alone.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, time in a hot tub creates a helpful environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness.

Using water exercise to “keep joints moving, can restore and preserve flexibility and strength,” which “protects joints against further damage.”

Also, “it improves your coordination, endurance and your ability to perform daily tasks (such as walking or writing).”

When jets are used, the warm water massage relaxes muscles, ligaments and tendons and stimulates the release of endorphins– the body’s natural pain relief mechanism.

Heated water raises body temperature and increases blood circulation, while water’s buoyancy relieves stress on joints and muscles to encourage better range of motion, flexibility and movement.

Heated water raises body temperature and increases blood circulation, while water’s buoyancy relieves stress on joints and muscles to encourage better range of motion, flexibility and movement.

An Arthritis Foundation publication related to spas, pools and arthritis states, “Regular sessions in your hot tub keep joints moving. It restores and preserves strength and flexibility, and also protects your joints from further damage.”

For those who live with daily pain, hot water immersion can reduce pressure on joints and nerves by reducing inflammation and lowering blood pressure.

For the millions of Americans with Arthritis and other joint problems, hot tubs provide relief by loosening muscles and reducing stiffness. Areas of the body which have suffered stress or trauma also respond well to hot water and massage jets.

Hot Tubs reduce pain for sore athletes or those injured in accidents. Those with chronic pain from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue syndrome are also finding hot tubs to reduce their symptoms. Migraines, tendonitis, back and neck pain – all can be helped with regular use of your hot tub.” Click here to see the original post.