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Hydrotherapy- health benefits of using a spa

Hydrotherapy is extremely healthy and a great benefit not only for stress release, relaxation, or recreation, but also to many who have various types of injuries.  Hydrotherapy has proven very effective for soft tissue injuries or for those who have arthritis and other joint related illnesses. When you consider the beneficial effects of hydro-massage on sore muscles, stiff joints and circulation, it's no wonder that many people effected by arthritis are so dramatically helped by beginning and ending their day in a spa.

 

"Many physicians and physical therapists recommend water therapy or water massage for rehabilitative therapy. The Arthritis Foundation is one such credible source and has found that the "warmth, massage effect, and buoyancy, needed to both relax and exercise joints and muscles in the convenience of one's home is available in home whirlpool baths or spas. " - Miller-Keane Medical Dictionary, 2000

The Arthritis Foundation has found that hydro exercise in your spa can also lead to mood enhancement, an improved sense of self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment.  Read about the details here.

Heat dilates blood vessels, increasing blood flow to damaged tissues and accelerates the body's natural healing process. Hot water reduces pain by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers.

Note: Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate (RICE) injuries for the first 24 hours to prevent further injury to the surrounding tissues. Then apply heat to assist healing and to increase comfort.

The massaging action of a spa further helps to relax tense muscles by relieving pressure in surrounding nerve groups.

Buoyancy occurs when you are immersed in a spa. Your body's weight is reduced by 90%, relieving pressure on strained joints and muscles. This buoyancy helps alleviate the tension so often associated with stress.

The logic of using a spa should not be hard to figure out. Nothing soothes tired, sore or stiff joints and muscles better than a consistent therapy of warm water massage. Many of our customers tell us that they originally purchased their HydroSpa having had little or no idea of what the health benefits would be. We receive testimonials on a regular basis that tout the wonders of hydro-massage. An early morning soak in a hot tub provides temporary relief from arthritis pain and helps you feel better throughout the day.

Many people are plagued with problems sleeping. Spas are an answer that allows people to find help in getting to sleep each night after a relaxing soak in warm water. This alternative to medicine or other sleep aides has created hundreds of happy customers who cannot imagine going to bed at night without that lovely, starlit soak in their spa just before sleep. It is truly a healthy way to end the day and prepare for the next with a good nights sleep.  The National Sleep Foundation suggests sitting in a spa or hot tub may assist with sleep problems.  Read here for more information.  The NSF is a corporate sleep awareness partner.

One final thought about the Health Benefits of owning a spa. We have received countless letters from spa owners who tell us of the unexpected benefit that purchasing a spa has brought to their lives. That benefit is the forum that is created within families for some precious moments of simple sharing and conversation that takes place in the spa with family members. Many have told us of finding their teenage children who are normally very busy or occupied with their friends, now rather unexpectedly opening up and talking in this relaxing atmosphere. This is clearly a health benefit that every parent can appreciate.

 

References:


Hydrotherapy: Web MD

Alternative Approaches to the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Rheumatoid Arthritis

A holistic approach is called for in RA, and several alternative therapies are effective for reducing the symptoms. People have also found success with acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, herbal medicine, and dietary therapies.

 


Miller-Keane Medical Dictionary, 2000

Hydrotherapy

(hi´´dro-ther´ah-pe) the external use of water in the treatment of disease and injury. adj.,

Because of its physical properties related to the conduction of heat, buoyancy, and cleansing action, water is an ideal agent for applications of "heat" HEAT and "cold" COLD to obtain desired physiological effects, débridement of wounds that are extensive and not easily cleansed by other methods, and the implementation of programs of therapeutic "exercise" EXERCISE .

Applications of moist heat and warm water help relieve pain and improve circulation, promote relaxation and reduce muscle tightness, and serve to localize infections. Examples of hydrotherapeutic measures of this type include warm baths, hot packs, and compresses of toweling, wool, and other cloth materials. Special equipment such as the "hubbard tank" HUBBARD TANK and whirlpool baths are fitted with devices that mechanically agitate the water, thereby providing gentle massage and a cleansing action in addition to the therapeutic effects of heat.

Many physicians and physical therapists recommend water therapy or water massage for rehabilitative therapy. The Arthritis Foundation is one such credible source and has found that the "warmth, massage effect, and buoyancy, needed to both relax and exercise joints and muscles in the convenience of one's home is available in home whirlpool baths or spas.

The Arthritis Foundation further states that, "Soaking in water allows muscles to become relaxed, which enables one to perform range of motions exercises and to carry out daily tasks with less pain and strain."

The massage effect of the whirlpool jets are designed to relieve muscle tensions in six areas of the body: neck/shoulder, mid-back, lower back, thighs, and feet.



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