Benefits of Hydrotherapy
Most people view hot tubs as a great place to enjoy time with friends and family or simply relax. But, did you know that soaking in your hot tub could do more for your physical and mental health? As the “T” in our S.T.A.R. Philosophy, hot tubs are able to provide theraputic benefits, which can greatly impact your health and well-being. Specifically, hydrotherapy has long been shown to be effective for treating a variety of conditions with the use of a hot tub.
What is hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is the use of water for the treatment of different physical and mental conditions. Hydrotherapy is likely one of the oldest and most widely used forms of medical therapy – dating back to Ancient Egypt and Roman cultures! – to help people relax and rehabilitate. Also known also as water therapy, hot water therapy, or aquatic therapy, it can involve receiving a hydrotherapy massage while submerged or completing special exercises in a warm-water pool or hot tub.
What can hydrotherapy help treat?
Hydrotherapy can be used in supporting a variety of aliments including recovery from surgery, spinal dysfunction, for burns, and, most commonly, arthritis. The physical properties of water, including buoyancy, viscosity, and hydrostatic pressure, are what make hydrotherapy a highly desirable medium to exercise and help treat back pain and other muscular/musculoskeletal injuries. The benefits of these properties range from development of balance and strength to improvement of heart and lung function and blood flow. The heated water also helps to ease pain, allowing you to relax or perform gentle exercises more comfortably.
Many people with athletic and active lifestyles use hydrotherapy to soothe sore or inflamed muscles. The warm water helps loosen stiff joints and reduces swelling resulting in a faster recovery from a tough workout. If you are pregnant and looking to ease the physical (and potentially emotional) discomfort, please consult with your doctor on safety recommendations for hydrotherapy and hot tub use while pregnant. Additionally, hydrotherapy can aid with mental health as soaking in relaxing, warm-water can relieve stress and anxiety. Water jet massages can even help some ease of the causes of insomnia, like erasing aches that might spring up in the middle of the night, allowing for a deeper sleep.
How can you access the benefits of hydrotherapy?
There are a variety of types and techniques of hydrotherapy, such as Watsu, contrast hydrotherapy, and aquatic physical therapy. These can be performed in an equipped hospital’s physiotherapy department or orthopedic facilities. Another option is to have hydrotherapy readily available in the comforts of your own home.
Personal hot tubs are a convenient, private, and more enjoyable environment for hydrotherapy. For example, all Nordic Hot Tubs are equipped with the Nordic Dual Therapy System (DTS™), which is a combination of Direct Pressure Massage and High Volume Whirlpool Therapy. In addition, the Nordic Star™ Jets are fully adjustable to customize the placement of streams and produce a high volume, circular water flow with gentle, indirect pressure. The resulting warm, soothing waves helps relax muscles and releases lactic acid, thus, reduces swelling and soreness. With a hydrotherapy home session in a Nordic Hot Tub, your body can begin to heal and repair itself, reducing recovery times.
Ready to ease into your very own Nordic Hot Tub and enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy? Find a Nordic Hot Tub dealer closest to you to begin a renewed lifestyle.
Health benefit blog posts are intended to provide Nordic Hot Tub owners with information about how their Nordic Hot Tub can benefit their health. This is not intended to be a comprehensive health guide nor can it be regarded in any way as health advice or a diagnosis. If you have health questions, contact your physician or a trained health professional.