Taking care of yourself should be priority #1. We spend so much time on making sure we are eating the best foods, going to the gym, taking our vitamins, learning holistic ways instead of pharmaceutical ways to heal our ailments, why are we not talking about Warm Water Therapy? Hot Tubs have been seen as luxury items for years, the truth of the matter is these should be necessities for anyone looking to heal their mind, bodies, and spirit at the end of the day. Hot water therapy Dates back to the Roman time period, only Hot Tubs now incorporate jet power which will only add to the increased healing benefits. Be sure to drink plenty of water, keeping hydrated is extremely important. Remember even though you might not be able to see it or feel it, you are perspiring while in the hot tub.
Buoyancy – When the body becomes submerged into the warm water, gravity is reduced up to 90% which relieves a huge amount of pressure from your muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments. This will also help decrease swelling and inflammation as well being a large help to those suffering from arthritis. Buoyancy also makes stretching physically easier.
Arthritis – Warm water therapy will loosen your joints which decreases the swelling and inflammation. This reduces pain and actually has a prolonged effect after the person has left the Warm Water.
Blood Pressure – University of Oregon published a study that states regular hot immersions can lower your blood pressure. Passive heating actually raises the level of nitric oxide and dilates blood vessels while significantly decreasing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure with lasting affects after exiting the hot tub. This could be a help to those looking to decrease their blood pressure in a lasting way.
Back Pain / Fibroymyalga – Increased Flexibility according to the Medical Director of U.S. Spine & Sport, Vert Mooney, is extremely important when treating back pain. Because the Hot water Therapy increases your flexibility it is automatically decreasing stiffness. Decreasing swelling and inflammation with increased blood circulation makes Hot Water Therapy ideal for those managing lower back pain. Gentle stretching while in the hot tub stimulates blood flow to stiff and frozen joints making it much more comfortable for those in pain to stretch more easily inside the Hot Tub. Hot Water therapy allows your muscles to extend more so then being out of the water, you have more of a range of motion in the Hot Water then anywhere else. the reason is, it softens connective tissue through a thixotropic effect, a lot like plastic softens with heat, these affects on the connective tissue lasts after exiting.
The reduction of Lactic Acid in ones body is what causes soreness, when entered into the hot tub the increased blood flow helps reduce the Lactic Acid build up making it a preventer of the sore muscles. It is also used as a recovery tool by helping the joint and connective tissue heal faster due to the increased blood circulation that happens when using hot water therapy says Dr. Becker from the National Aquatics and Sport Medicine Institute. The heat of the water opens up your blood vessels which allows the blood to flow more efficiently through the body. With this you see an increase in oxygen and nutrients to the muscles helping damaged tissue. This is also going to clean toxins from the body quicker.
According to Ann Vincent, MD, medical director of the Mayo Clinics Fibromyalgia department, states flexibility lasts long after you exit the Hot Tub. Warm water exercises 2-3 x’s weekly have been reported by patients that it reduces their pain level as much as 40% and their physical function increased. The additional benefits they reported was an emotional boost and also helping with their sleep patterns
Restless Leg Syndrome – We have a customer testimonial that stated his RLS was cured after using his hot tub regularly. This can also affect your sleep due to uncontrolled leg movements. The jets of the Hot Tub will actually lower the tension on your muscles while also releasing endorphins to help manage stress NATURALLY while increasing your blood circulation making your muscles loosen.
Headaches – Lowering the tension on your muscles can help ease a tension headache. The heat and steam can help with any congestion one may be suffering from helping with sinus headache. The warm water dilating your blood vessels can also relieve symptoms regardless of where the headache may be stemming from.
Magnesium Levels – Most people are not getting enough Magnesium, adding some Epsom salts to your Spa can raise your magnesium levels up to 35%. Low magnesium levels can cause weakened bones, headaches, and feelings of anxiousness. Those who may be suffering with diabetes should stay away from extra magnesium, this can stimulate the release of insulin.
Mental Health/PTSD – The Autonomic Nervous system is the motherboard for bio-regulation. It is composed of two parts that regulate the bodies functions including our moods, emotions, organ system function, and physical state. The 2 sections of the Autonomic nervous system are the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous system. Dysfunction in the form of too much influence by either side can have negative effects on our emotional, mental and physical health. The body functions optimally when these two systems are in balance. Too much influence form the Sympathetic nervous system can lead to stress and several related physical, emotional and mental problems. Those immersing in a hot tub set at 102 degrees found the influence of the Sympathetic nervous system is diminished allowing the Parasympathetic influence to balance out. This leads to a greater sense of relaxation, peacefulness, calmness, and overall well being, those tested stated the balanced affect lasted well after they exited the hot tub.
In 2015 Dr. Bruce Becker also went as far to say it can help with Dementia/Stroke patients and their cognitive abilities, with increased blood flow to the brain creating more cognitive function which in turn is recovering the brain quicker from Traumatic Brain injuries.
Kidney – Functions of the kidneys becomes more efficient, edema is reduced which can be life threatening.
Sleep – Soaking in a Hot Tub for 20-30 minutes at least two hours prior to bed time could be the answer you’ve been searching for in regard to a great nights rest. According to Bruce Becker M.D. director of the National Aquatics and Sports medicine institute, only 20 minutes needs to be spent in the hot tub to feel the maximum benefits (this goes for joints and muscles too). Warm water raises the body temperature, your body will then enter a rapid cool down phase which is also helping your body relax. Ideal temperature for sleeping according to the National Sleep Foundation is between 60-67F Degrees.
Diabetes – Regular usage of Hot Water Therapy can actually reduce blood glucose levels while also improving blood circulation which in turn reduces the symptoms many Diabetics have due to poor circulation. In 1999 McKee Medical Center in Colorado conducted a three week study that showed improvements in body weight and blood sugar control as well as a reduced dependence on Insulin.
Cardio – The National Aquatics & Sports Medicine Institute show hot water immersion up to the neck causes a shift in blood volume. This is moving the blood from the extremities to the chest which will shift the increased amount of blood in the heart. Additional blood in the heart improves the heart function by increasing the volume of blood that each heart beat actually pumps through the circulatory system. This is also what happens when you are doing a cardio workout, in a sense tricking the body you’re working out without causing a strain on your heart.
A study was performed using the hot tub for a half an hour 6 days a week with no change in workout routine or diet, the participants lost 4 lbs in one month. Research shows after 6 weeks Another group sat in the hot tub for an hour at a time compared to men cycling on a bike. The study found those sitting in the hot tub were burning just as many calories as someone taking a half hour walk…without any physical activity other then just relaxing in hot water! The study showed a greater reduction in the average arterial blood pressure as well as their blood sugar levels peaking after eating being 10% lower then those who exercised.
Another win for those who enjoy sports, when warm water dilates the blood vessels allowing oxygen to feed your muscles can actually help an athlete perform at a higher level for a longer period of time. Do not just stop at stretching, you can do push ups or arm lifts against the side of the hot tub without feeling as if you are straining yourself to do so!
Hot Tubs are not just luxury items, they are here to help with your overall health and wellness especially when being used daily. Please consult your Dr. when starting any new health regime. Those suffering from cardiovascular issues can add stress to their heart if the water is too hot. It is also important to mention anything over 104 degrees in considered dangerous for everyone according to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Don’t forget to stay hydrated!
1.) Bruce Becker, M.D.; National Aquatic Sports Medicine Institute
2.) Can you get the benefits of exercising by having a hot bath? July 12, 2016 http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36744906
3.) Warm Water Works Wonders on Pain. arthritis.org
4.) Vert Mooney, Medical Director of U.S. Spine and Sport, spine-health.com
5.) Ann Vincent, MD, medical director of the Mayo Clinic’s Fibromyalgia Clinic in Rochester, Minn. arthritis.org
6.) Scott Webb July 2017; The Hot Tub Health Movement. aquamagazine.com
7.) newsweek.com Why taking a hot bath might be as good as exercise. Steve Faulkner 3/22/17. Loughborough University
8.) Research: Water Immersion Yields Neurological Benefits; Eric Herman 4/2017, aquamagazine.com