This holiday season, we can all use an extra bit of relaxation and methods to de-stress. Put your hot tub to work!
Hot tubs can provide great health benefits for aches, pains, arthritis and just relaxation. Take an extra break for yourself this holiday season to enjoy the heat and unwind.
Heat Benefits –
As your body heats, blood flow is increased. The blood warming causes blood vessels to dilate. This results in blood pressure reduction. The hot water also causes muscle relaxation. Additionally, the hot water also causes muscle relaxation as heat from the water is carried deep into your muscles and can bring about temporary pain relief.
The natural buoyancy of the water supports approximately 90% of body weight. This helps to reduce the strain on joints, by giving them relief from daily use. Pressure is significantly reduced on joints and muscles while relaxing in the hot tub.
Most hot tubs have nozzles with varying pressures and sizes designed to target specific areas of the body. The hot tub can often act like a masseuse, soothing sore muscles where you need it most.
“A hot tub fulfills the need perfectly . . . providing the warmth, massage, and buoyancy that is so necessary to the well-being of arthritis sufferers. The buoyancy of the water supports and lessens stress on the joints and encourages freer movement. Water exercises may even act as a resistance to help build muscle strength.”
– Arthritis Foundation: Spas, Pools, and Arthritis
Soaking in a spa simulates exercise. It increases the heart rate, yet it doesn’t increase blood pressure. In fact, study participants who relaxed in spas had a decrease in blood pressure, while participants who exercised on bicycles experienced in increase in blood pressure. The regular use of spas and hot tubs gives you some of the same health benefits of exercise but with less heart stress.
– Mayo Clinic: Mayo Clinic Ok’s Spas for Heart Patients
Sleep Benefits –
Some studies suggest that soaking in hot water (such as a hot tub or spa) before retiring to bed can ease the transition into deeper sleep.
– National Sleep Foundation