Hot Tub (Jacuzzi)
Hydrotherapy, or warm water therapy in hot tub spas, consists of three main healing ingredients; heat, buoyancy, and massage. Together, they create an experience that is both relaxing and healthy. Hot tub hydrotherapy on a regular basis provides physical health benefits that go much deeper than just relaxation and pleasure. Water is so pure and simple, yet it can do the most amazing things. Whether you are experiencing joint or muscle pain, having trouble sleeping, or are just plain stressed out, spending time in hot tub spas can provide therapeutic benefits for just about everyone.
The body's first
reaction to being immersed in hot water is to try to get back to
its normal temperature by working the heart harder to pump the
blood to the surface where it hopes to be cooled.
This causes a temporary increase in blood pressure. Of
course, because the water is hot the blood is warmed not cooled.
The result is that the core body temperature rises and, after a
short while, the warm blood causes the blood vessels to dilate
which lessens the resistance to blood flow and reduces blood
pressure. The body begins to perspire, expelling toxins
and the muscles relax, relieving aches and pains.
It is widely recognised that a benefit of warm
water and soothing massage is to relieve anxiety and relax tense
muscles. It has also been shown that 20 minutes in a hot tub
also helps relieve high blood pressure, headaches and chronic
pain due to stress.
Muscular relaxation occurs when warm blood
reaches deep into the muscles. This relaxation effect helps to
deaden muscle pain by easing any pinching of nerves or blood
vessels and by helping the muscle rid itself of lactic acid and
other metabolic wastes.