Owning a hot tub may seem like a luxury without any real benefit, but the majority of hot tub owners will agree that having their own hot tub has provided numerous advantages. If you’re on the fence about buying a hot tub for you and your family, let us explain some of these health benefits and why so many people turn to us at Paducah Pools & Spas when they begin searching for a new hot tub and/or swim spa.
Hydrotherapy is nothing new. This practice has been enjoyed by many cultures throughout history. Traditionally, hydrotherapy was available through natural hot springs. But natural hot springs are not readily available to most, so travel to these locations was often required. But today commercially made hot tubs and swim spas are readily available, making the benefits of hydrotherapy accessible within your own backyard! Manufacturers have taken the benefits of the natural hot springs and added modern innovations that make hydrotherapy even more effective for relaxation and treatment of a wide range of ailments. So, what are the health benefits that you can get from a swim spa or a hot tub?
The relaxation provided by swim spas and hot tubs is the most widely known benefit. We all enjoy a warm soak to relieve the stress of modern living and escape the demands of day to day activities – a quick dip in a hot tub or swim spa can provide some much needed, therapeutic relaxation. The heat provided by spas triggers some subtle physiological mechanisms that have immediate effects. Blood vessels dilate in response to the heat, which leads to the decrease of blood pressure and increase circulation. Tense and tight muscles relax, aiding muscle recovery after exercise or injury and relief from soreness, stiffness and swelling. Moreover, while your body focuses on gaining heat – the Central Nervous System’s sensitivity is reduced and endorphins are released, causing temporary pain relief.
Heat, Buoyancy and Massage are the main elements in hydrotherapy. Each of these elements contributes to the relief and treatment of a range of health issues.
Based on the article, Arthritis – Spas & Warm Water Exercise published by the Arthritis Foundation, “People whose arthritis symptoms respond well to heat have discovered the many benefits of heat therapy.” The article also explains why warm water is so great for relaxing and increasing movement. “Warm water stimulates blood flow to stiff muscles and frozen joints, making a warm tub or pool an ideal place to do some gentle stretching. To ease low back pain, trap a tennis ball between the small of your back and the bottom or back of the tub, then lean into it and roll it against knotted muscles.”
In 1999, there was a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine (08-16-1999) which indicated a decrease in the blood sugar levels of patients who regularly soak themselves in a hot tub 30 minutes a day, 6 days per week.
Participants in a 1994 study who utilized spa treatments experienced increased back flexibility, reduced pain duration, and lessened use of analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs than the study group that did not receive spa treatments. According to the British Journal of Rheumatology, 1994 – “This controlled clinical trial shows a positive short term and a more moderate long-term overall effectiveness of spa therapy in chronic lower back pain.” Of course, for anyone suffering from back pain that has used a hot tub, this doesn’t come as a surprise. Hydrotherapy has been a well-established method for easing lower back pain naturally for many years.
In addition to all these physiological benefits of hot tub or swim spa use, insomniacs can also expect relief. According to The National Sleep Foundation, if you spend some time in a hot tub just a few minutes before going to bed, this can lead to a more peaceful and deeper sleep. The drop in body temperature can help ease the body into a relaxing and sound sleep.
Quality Family Time
No room for a swimming pool? Swim spas and hot tubs can provide a fun spot for family play and relaxation and allow for year-round enjoyment. Most hot tubs are built to accommodate at least four adults, with some of our models capable of holding up to eight individuals. Spending quality time with your family is healthy. It cultivates relationships, better communication and all these can provide a positive domino effect to every member of the family.
Convenient and Effective Workout
Finally, swim spas provide an excellent method of year-round exercise in your own backyard. With adjustable water currents, you can swim laps and do low to high intensity water workouts in the privacy of your backyard. Because of the natural resistance of water, you’ll burn at least 30% more calories with water exercise. Water also adds support to your body, which, combined with the buoyancy, makes this form of exercise gentler on joints.
A Large Selection of Hot Tubs
At Paducah Pools & Spas, we have a large selection of hot tubs and swim spas for you to choose from. Visit our store in Paducah to see for yourself how enjoyable and beneficial owning a hot tub can be. Our friendly team of hot tub and swim spa experts will answer any questions that you may have to help you decide which option is best for you and your family.
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