Hot tubs and spas are great for fun and relaxation, but they also have several significant health benefits as well.
Soaking in warm water can be very therapeutic for a range of different health conditions including arthritis, back pain, diabetes, fibromyalgia and scoliosis, as well as more general ailments such as stress and headaches. This is known as hydrotherapy.
The warmth and massage provided by a hot tub can help reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis and similar conditions, while the buoyancy of the water can relieve strain on muscles. Hot tub therapy can provide relief from back pain without resorting to analgesics or anti-inflammatory drugs.
Some studies have shown that soaking in a hot tub can help treat Type II Diabetes both by helping to reduce blood sugar. Care should be taken to monitor the temperature of the hot tub however to ensure blood pressure and sugar levels do not drop too low.
Relaxing in a hot tub before bed can reduce stress improve sleep, helping to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders, as well as having a host of secondary health benefits such as assisting with weight loss.
Hot tubs are also great for aiding recovery from muscle and joint injuries whether sustained at work or playing sport. The heat can reduce blood pressure by opening up blood vessels, improving blood flow to the injured areas, while the jets gently massage and soothe the injured areas. Many athletes and sportspeople use hot tubs and hydrotherapy pools to help recover from injuries.