Health Benefits of Spas

health benefits of spasAre you looking for a reason to talk your significant other in adding a spa to your backyard environment? How about telling them that it’s good for their health? Many doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists are touting the benefits of hydro-therapy for a wide variety of ailments. Here’s a short list of how your health can benefit from a spa.

Anti-Stress: Perhaps the most obvious benefit of soaking in a hot spa is it’s ability to reduce stress. While this is apparent to anyone who has spent anytime in a hot tub, there is supporting scientific rational behind why this occurs. According to author J. B. Smith in his book Hot Water and Healthy Living, “Our bodies make adjustments when we are immersed in water. These changes are similar to those that occur when we exercise. The changes include increased circulation, more efficient breathing, and improvements in mood.” This means that not only are our muscles relaxing, warm water immersion may well have a positive effect on working memory and performance of cognitive tasks, including problem solving.

Restful Sleep: Approximately 132 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders more than one night a week according to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation. Hectic, stressful lifestyles can cause sleep problems even in basically healthy people.

Studies suggest that immersion in warm water (such as in a hot tub, which has a constant temperature) before bedtime can ease the transition into a deeper, more restful sleep. This may be due to a temperature shift, since the body’s core internal thermostat drops after leaving the water, which signals the body that it’s time to sleep.

Healing Effects: It’s a well-known fact that improved circulation promotes healing, and there’s no question that hydrotherapy in warm water increases circulation. As the blood supply to muscles increases, more nutrients become available to help cells and tissues regenerate, and speed up healing. This healing effect is aided by the buoyancy of water, which reduces weight bearing on joints due to gravity.

ARTHRITIS relief: According to a publication from The Arthritis Foundation, Spas, Pools, and Arthritis, “Regular sessions in your hot tub help keep joints moving. This restores and preserves strength and flexibility, and also protects your joints from further damage. Exercise can also improve a person’s coordination, endurance, and ability to perform daily tasks, and can lead to an enhanced sense of self-esteem and accomplishment.”

Hydrotherapy is a common form of natural treatment for arthritis, fibromyalgia, as well as knee hip and other joint pain and stiffness.

Heart Healthy: It’s been a long held belief that spas and hot tubs may present a risk to those with heart issues. However research led by Dr. Thomas G. Allison of the Mayo Clinic indicates that hot tubs and spas may not present as much of a risk to heart patients as previously thought. The report describes how relaxing in a spa might actually be less stressful to your heart than working out on an exercise bicycle. Soaking in a hot tub increases the heart rate while lowering blood pressure, instead of raising it as other forms of exercise do.

Perhaps Bruce Becker, M.D., Washington State University put it best in a report on hydro-therapy, “The effects of aquatic immersion are profound, and impact virtually every body system. Warm water immersion protects the heart from rhythm disturbances and improves the efficiency of the heart muscle.”

Now that you have perfectly healthy reasons to have spa installed, be sure to call the spa professionals at Platinum Pools!

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