New Year, New Relief
Is your New Year's resolution health related? What about recovery or relief? Maybe a little relaxation and tranquility? We have the perfect solution for you! Check out how one of our hot tubs can fit all of your New Year desires into one tub of water.
** You should consult your doctor if you have questions regarding any medical condition, BEFORE starting any new treatment, and BEFORE stopping any treatment that has been prescribed or recommended by your physician. **Hot tubs can help support your blood pressure and help you get a better rest at night. It can also help heal injuries and reduce stress. Hot tubs are also great for specific health conditions such as fibromyalgia, insomnia, pain medication dependency, and restless leg syndrome to name a few.
General Health Benefits
First let's talk about blood pressure and hypertension:
Hydrotherapy affects various systems of the body, especially the cardiovascular system. Lower blood pressure is a common result, and a variety of factors are involved. Typically, consumers operate their hot tub in the range of 100 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, which raises the body’s skin and core temperatures about one degree. That doesn’t seem like much but the effect is dramatic. This type of warming is called "passive heating” because it happens without physical activity. Ironically, higher body temperature increases your heart rate, mimicking the effects of mild aerobic exercise. This is helpful for people with obesity or other mobility issues who find it difficult to exercise on dry land. Passive heating also increases the availability of nitric oxide, a molecule that dilates blood vessels, and dilation creates less vascular resistance. Combined with a faster heart rate, the blood circulates more efficiently and blood pressure decreases.
Next let's talk about injury and rehabilitation:
In addition to mild aches and daily stress, hot tub hydrotherapy can aid recovery from a variety of painful injuries. It can make the healing process easier to endure, and may reduce the likelihood of “deconditioning,” a process of physical or mental decline due to inactivity. Immediately after an injury, appropriate rest is vital. Respect your bodily instincts and avoid re-damaging the injured tissue. Remember that the healing process involves three phases:
Once soft tissue begins to regenerate, conservative movement helps the tissue to adapt. Movement also helps to prevent the loss of muscle tone and strength in surrounding areas. Mobilization may come in the form of gentle massage, weight, pressure, or other forms of load. Referred to as “optimal loading,” this maximizes the tissue’s ability to adapt without making the injury worse. It is always wise to consult with a healthcare provider for guidance.
Who couldn't use more sleep and less stress?
A variety of chronic health conditions are associated with poor sleep, including higher rates of arthritis, depression, asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart attack and coronary heart disease. Not to mention symptoms like chronic fatigue, a weakened immune system and irritability. In addition to health effects, workplace performance, social relationships and family morale can suffer. Hydrotherapy promotes healthy living and helps your body recalibrate. Soaking nightly at a consistent time helps to reset your internal clock and induce the body’s natural sleep mechanics. This may be especially important if you’ve become dependent on sleeping pills or other methods to fall sleep. Of course, before adjusting prescription medication or making other changes you should consult a healthcare provider.
Warm water, steam and massage have been used for thousands of years to promote physical and mental balance. Whereas equilibrium creates emotional balance, stress causes a lack of ease. Interestingly, the English word disease (or, “dis-ease”) literally means “a lack of ease.” Whether the cause is economic or social, professional or domestic, stress adds up quickly and can prove fatal. Experts refer to this as “allostatic load,” the wear and tear that accumulates on organs, tissues and body systems when you are exposed to repeated stress. The result is a cycle of chronic pain, stress and more pain. Hot tub hydrotherapy is designed to relieve stress and restore the body’s natural equilibrium.
Specific Health Conditions
Fibromyalgia seems to be more common now than ever:
Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) comes with a physical, mental and emotional toll. Widespread muscle and joint pain, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, anxiety, depression and the list goes on... But there is good news. Evidence suggests that warm water hydrotherapy, coupled with moderate exercise, can have significant benefits for people with FMS. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Pain Research commented: “There is strong evidence for the use of hydrotherapy in the management of FMS.” All participants reported “significant outcomes in favor of hydrotherapy,” including reduced pain and tenderness, and an improved quality of life. Over 90% reported “significant mental health outcomes,” including reduced depression and anxiety.
Managing Pain Medication:
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2016 alone, over 20,000 overdose deaths were related to prescription pain relievers. Undoubtedly, it’s a complex issue. But it stands to reason that chronic pain and fatigue — both physical and mental — are at the root of the problem.
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association stated, “Superficial heat… has been found to be helpful in diminishing pain and decreasing local muscle spasm” and “should be used… to facilitate an active exercise program.” Hydrotherapy can make exercise less painful. And by combining warm water therapy with exercise, it may make it easier for you to continue exercising longer term. It’s vital to keep your body moving and hydrotherapy can help. So whether you are addressing prescription drug use or simply trying to maintain an active exercise program, hydrotherapy may be just what you need. It’s intended to promote healthy living and create a place for social engagement. It has the potential to enhance your quality of life for years to come.