Reduces arthritic and chronic pain-For people suffering from skeletal ailments such as arthritis, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and other types of bodily aches and pains, spending time in the hot tub will typically provide some much-needed relief.
Due to the buoyancy from the bubbles created by the tub’s jets, we feel our own weight disappear, our blood circulation increases with the heat, the tightness in our muscles relaxes, and inflammation in our sensitive joints is reduced.
In this state, an aching body can experience heightened flexibility, strength, and a wider range of physical motion. It’s no wonder so many people see significant benefits from hydrotherapy when recovering from back, knee, or other joint problems.
Reduces stress and anxiety-Along with making you feel temporarily relaxed, studies show that the combination of the hot water, the massage of the jets, and the feeling of weightlessness can significantly reduce both mental and physical stress and decrease anxiety.
Improves sleep-Have you ever noticed how quickly you tend to fall asleep after taking a late-night bath or a dip in the hot tub?
When your body is cold, your normal sleeping pattern can be disturbed. When your body is comfortably warm, you tend to fall asleep quicker and rest through the night with fewer disruptions.
It is widely accepted that getting quality, REM sleep has a multitude of positive effects on just about everything – from your mood to your mental alertness and even the way your body metabolizes food.
To improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep, try spending some time in the hot tub before getting into bed.
Decreases Frequency of Migraines and Tension Headaches-When you suffer from chronic headaches, like migraines, there simply are not a ton of treatment options, so relief is a hard thing to come by. Fortunately, there is some evidence to suggest that regular dips in the hot tub may, in fact, help to prevent certain types of headaches.
How can sitting in a hot tub possibly help with headaches? Well, consider some of the more common triggers of a headache, like tension.
Migraine sufferers often report experience tension headaches right before a migraine. In the hot tub, your muscles aren’t contracted, your aches and pains subside, and you feel overall more relaxed – thus decreasing the chance of experience a tension-triggered migraine.
Also, sufferers of sinus and cluster headaches experience episodes when they’re stuffed up; spending time in the steamy hot tub – along with using nose drops and drinking fluids – is a good way to fight congestion and prevent these types of headaches.
Promotes Healthier, Younger Looking Skin-If you’re pondering ways to get your skin looking its best, soaking in the hot tub might not be the first strategy that comes to mind, however, it can help rejuvenate your whole body and also reflect your overall health.
What you may not have considered is that some of the effects of using the hot tub have a direct influence on the health and appearance of your skin.
As mentioned above, regular use of a hot tub has shown to lower levels of stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety are leading causes of premature aging, which means the hot tub can be a tool to help combat premature aging.
Furthermore, when you’re experiencing increased circulation in the hot tub, that means your blood is more efficiently delivering vital oxygen and nutrients to your skin – giving you a healthy, youthful glow.
Improve your game. According to a tennis magazine, improving your game is a cinch when you soak after playing. You’ll avoid muscle soreness the next day and your joints will thank you for the increased blood circulation which takes away lactic acid (which is what causes soreness and fatigue) built up through a rigorous game.