Your home spa combines water, heat and air to deliver a form of hydrotherapy which may result in a number of health benefits – especially in the area of symptom relief. Symptoms such as aches or pains, stiff muscles, circulation problems, headaches, sleep disturbances and chronic symptoms from medical conditions like diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and arthritis can be effectively relieved through the use of your home spa. As with any condition, it is always wise to discuss the use of such treatment with your doctor first.
Stress Relief and Sleep Benefits
The massaging jets and soothing heat help to reduce tension which may make it easier to fall asleep. The effect of weightlessness produced by the buoyancy of the water can also be very relaxing. Also, the drop in body temperature that occurs after getting out of a hot tub may also induce sleep. Some studies suggest that spending 15 minutes in a spa 90 minutes before you retire to sleep may lead to a better night’s sleep.
Muscle Relaxation and Joint Pain Relief
Hot tub jets have a massaging effect and work to relax muscles which can relieve pressure on nerves. The buoyancy effect reduces body ‘weight’ by 90% which takes pressure off joints. In addition, time spent in a spa can provide symptom relief for those who suffer with arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. According to those within the Arthritis community, muscle relaxation, decreased pain and stiffness and increased ease of performing daily activities and exercises are all potential benefits from heat therapies such as soaking in a hot tub.
Blood Pressure and Circulation
Heat from hot tubs can cause the blood vessels to open, which can decrease blood pressure. The heat and massage can even improve circulation. Heat has also been known to stimulate nerve impulses which can boost the immune system and aid digestion.
Those who suffer from high blood pressure should consult with their physician before using a hot tub as there may be risks related to some conditions.
Improvement of Type 2 Diabetes
According to the Diabetes Monitor (October 2011) The results of a pilot study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, indicated that hot tub therapy helped a group of adults with type 2 diabetes improve their sleep patterns, lose weight and lower their blood sugar levels. Diabetes Health Magazine reported on the study.
Chronic Pain and Fatigue Reductions
According to LiveStrong, hot tub therapy may help people with medical conditions that cause pain and fatigue. People with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (both chronic conditions characterized by all-over body pain, aches or fatigue) can get pain relief from soaking in a hot tub or engaging in light stretches while in the water.