Alleviate pain through hydro-massage
(NC)—Spas and hot tubs treat many health problems through a combination of heat and hydrotherapy massage. Whether you suffer from arthritis, sore muscles and joints, or sports-related injuries, they all respond to the soothing warm water and hydrotherapy massage of a hot tub.
Immersing your body in the warm water of a hot tub – heated to a comfortable 37° C - 40° C (98° F - 104° F) – can also alleviate mental stress and strain by calming you down and forcing your mind, as well as your body, to relax.
Work-related discomfort such as a backache, stiff neck or sore feet can also be alleviated by taking a leisurely soak in a hot tub when you get home from work. A good soak in a hot tub is also a great way to recuperate after a long, frustrating commute home.
If you have trouble sleeping, a soak in a hot tub just before bedtime also acts as an effective, natural sedative that will allow you to enjoy a full night's rest. In fact, if you suffer from osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis – the three most common types of arthritis – a brief soak in a hot tub will help you get through the day virtually pain-free by improving flexibility, strength and co-ordination. Moving joints, ligaments and muscles is made easier, allowing you to perform your daily tasks with ease.
Because soaking in a hot tub temporarily reduces body weight by 90 per cent, it also reduces the strain on your body, slowing down your pulse rate, dilating your blood vessels and lowering your blood pressure, making it easier for your heart to pump blood throughout your body.
More information on the therapeutic benefits of hot tub soaking is available online at www.poolcouncil.ca.
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