Mental IllnessYou may already turn to your hot tub when you’re stressed out. But did you know that hydrotherapy has also been shown to help treat depression, anxiety, and mood disorders? It helps in a couple of ways. First, warm water hydrotherapy induces the release of endorphins. The “feel-good” chemicals the body naturally creates, endorphins can produce a feeling of euphoria that can have a big affect on your mood as well as on the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Second, the quiet, calm space is a perfect tension- and stress-relieving environment. Whether you steal away to the hot tub alone, or you invite your favorite people to hang out with you, time spent in your hot tub can be a wonderful mood-booster.
Physical AilmentsWarm water therapy can also do wonders for the physical body. The buoyancy of the water relieves pressure and tension on your muscles, bones, and joints. The heat increases your circulation and raises your core temperature. That alone is enough to provide some pain relief. Add in the hot tub jets for a massage in just the right spot, and you can see why so many people rely on their hot tubs to help treat their illnesses. This is not a complete list, but here are some of the physical benefits of hot tub therapy.
- Arthritis – The heat eases stiffness and relaxes you, while water gently supports the body and relieves joint pressure.
- Back Pain – The buoyancy of the water will help greatly in easing the pressure on your lumbar and discs so you can get some pain relief. Then the jets can target knots and sore muscles.
- Chronic Pain and Strained Muscles – Just like with the back, the water and heat combine to relieve pressure, increase circulation to the affected area, and massage sore muscles.
- Stiffness – Would you like to regain mobility or avoid losing it as you age? Regular hot tub soaks can help. The warmth makes your muscles more pliable so you can safely stretch and stay limber.
- Inflammation – Warm water provides hydrostatic pressure that reduces inflammation throughout the body.
- Fibromyalgia – Studies have shown that hydrotherapy can have a positive effect on fibromyalgia patients’ pain, fatigue, stiffness, and quality of life.
- Delayed Onset Muscle Syndrome (DOMS) – We all know the pain that kicks in a day or two after a particularly tough workout. You can ease some of that soreness with a hot tub soak. Plus, the increased blood flow to your muscles can help them heal faster.