Many people decide to get a hot tub because it has therapeutic benefits. Hot tubs are fantastic for relaxation and stress relief. There are a lot of benefits from hydrotherapy and hydromassage.
But what exactly are the benefits of being in a hot tub? Does soaking in a hot tub have health benefits? Here are some answers for you.
Benefits of Hydrotherapy
People use hydrotherapy as a way to make themselves feel better. Hydrotherapy uses water to treat pain. Hydrotherapy as a treatment has been around for centuries. The Egyptians, Romans, Chinese, Greeks, and Japanese all used hydrotherapy. In all these civilizations, the citizens took advantage of hydrotherapy in neighborhood baths or hot springs.
With hydrotherapy, machines use the temperature and pressure of water to promote healing. When the water is hot, it helps to circulate your blood better and improves lymphatic drainage. The water pressure helps to relieve your aches and pains.
One type of water therapy is hydromassage. It is a therapy that uses both hot water and massaging action. The Ancient Romans used hydromassage in their bathhouses. Hydromassage in a hot tub relieves aches and pains that are common in athletes. It also helps people who are middle-aged or older. People who suffer from muscle diseases and arthritis also benefit from hydromassage. Some researchers think that hydromassage reduces stress by relaxing your muscles as well. Hydromassage is especially helpful for stress in your head or neck area.
Hot Tub Benefits Weight Loss
One of the best ways to help you lose weight is by using a hot tub. Hot tubs can benefit your weight loss in several ways. First, hot tubs reduce the levels of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is a stress hormone. If you are trying to lose weight, you need less cortisol. That’s because cortisol makes you crave high-calorie or high-sodium foods. These foods help you to self-soothe, which relieves your stress. It can also prevent you from forming new muscles, which means you lose weight more slowly.
If you use a hot tub to relax, research has shown that your levels of cortisol are lower. Not only does this help to lower your cortisol levels, but it also helps you heal any injuries. If you injure a muscle while you are exercising, hot tubs can lower your cortisol level. Lower levels of cortisol also lower the level of body fat you are holding around your midsection.
Also, outdoor tubs allow you to get fresh air and relax in nature. This allows the brain’s function control center to relax. Relaxing the control center or the prefrontal cortex allows cortisol levels to decrease as well. Researchers have found that soaking in the hot tub allows cortisol levels to decrease by 16 percent. This can occur in less than a week, they said.
Injury Recovery and Return to Exercise
You need to exercise to lose weight. It becomes more difficult to exercise if you have an injury because you don’t give your body a chance to recover. This could lead to weight gain. However, if you soak in a hot tub, you relieve your pain and promote tissue healing. Heat therapy is also a great way to tap into the body’s natural healing process.
Do you need a hot tub? Do you want to heal from your injuries and relax as well? Perhaps you want to lose weight? Hot tubs are great for the promotion of healing and weight loss.
Contact Skovish Pools & Spas. We have two locations. One is in Lucerne, PA, and the other is in Shickshinny, PA. We would love to talk to you about a new hot tub and get the fabulous hydromassage benefits.
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OUR LUZERNE OFFICE
369 Main Street, Luzerne, PA 18709
(570) 288 – 1025
OUR SHICKSHINNY OFFICE (closes Nov 1st, reopens in the spring)
10 E. Union St., Shickshinny, PA 18655
(570) 542 – 4281