Owning a hot tub might seem like an added luxury, but almost all hot tub and spa owners agree that there are many advantages beyond simply relaxing. So if you’re on the fence about buying one, let us explain a few of the many reasons to own a hot tub.
Advanced Hot Tub Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy is nothing new. This practice has been enjoyed by many cultures throughout history. Traditionally, hydrotherapy was available through natural hot springs. But since natural hot springs seem a little difficult to come across nowadays, the hot tub industry was born. Hot tubs take the time-tested benefits of natural hot springs and add modern innovations. This advanced hydrotherapy is incredibly effective for relaxation and relief from a wide range of ailments.
Reduce Stress in a Hot Tub
Of course, hot tubs are best known for relaxation. Who doesn’t enjoy a warm soak to combat the stress of modern living and escape the demands of day to day. A quick 15-20 minute dip in a hot tub can provide some much needed therapeutic relaxation. The heat provided by hot tubs triggers some subtle physiological mechanisms that have immediate effects. Blood vessels dilate in response to the heat, which can decrease blood pressure. 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. So if you like a hot bath, you’ll love a hot tub.
Medical Benefits of Hot Tubs
Heat, buoyancy, and massage are the main elements in hydrotherapy. Each of these elements contributes to the relief and treatment for 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.
Hot Tubs Can Improve Sleep
In addition to all these physiological benefits of hot tub or swim spa use, people who have trouble falling asleep can also expect relief. According to The National Sleep Foundation, spending some time in a hot tub just a few minutes before going to bed can lead to a more peaceful and deeper sleep. The drop in body temperature after getting out of the hot tub can help ease the body into a relaxing and sound sleep.
Hot Tubs Mean Quality Family Time
No room or budget for a swimming pool? Hot tubs provide a fun spot for quality family time that can be enjoyed year-round. Most hot tubs are built to accommodate at least four adults, with some of our models capable of holding up to eight individuals. Plenty of room for the whole family!
Best Prices, Best Selection of Hot Tubs
At Penguin Hot Tubs, we have a large selection of hot tubs and spas for you to choose from. Our friendly team of hot tub experts will answer any questions you may have about deciding which option is best for you and your family.
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