Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Benefits of Hot Tubs

This article looks at the benefits of hot tubs and how they can improve your lifestyle

Family Enjoyment

Hot tubs are a great way to relax with friends and family, whether that is getting the kids away from the television or creating a romantic ambience with your partner.

A hot tub can be a perfect social extension of your living room enabling relaxation and quality family time.

Health Benefits through Hydrotherapy

Bathing in a good quality hot tub or Jacuzzi that has a combined action of air and water massage causes blood vessels to dilate lowering blood pressure, strengthening blood circulation and stimulating the immune system. This is the thermal effect and benefit of Hydrotherapy.

When the body is immersed in a hot spa it can experience a 90% decrease in body weight, similar to that of the feeling of weightlessness. This can help sufferers of Arthritis and Rheumatism as it takes the pressure off the joints and is known to increase mobility as the hot water warms the collagen in the joints, making it more malleable. The relaxation of the bodily muscles have also been known to aid rehabilitation and make the sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Tendonitis more comfortable. Pain relief is the physical effect of Hydrotherapy.

It has recently been discovered that people suffering from type 2 diabetes can also reap the positive effects of hydrotherapy.

Lots of athletes endorse the hydrotherapy benefits of a Jacuzzi after exercise and during rehabilitation of sports injuries. A soak in the hot tub can reduce the lactic acid that can build up in muscles during exercise and increase the blood flow through the muscle repairing damaged tissue.

Hot tub use can also have a positive impact on speed, flexibility and strength.

Stress Relief

Warm water massage and jet therapy can be a therapeutic means to stimulate the body into releasing endorphins that can combat depression and reduce stress in a natural way, beneficially affecting the human psyche and eliminating anxiety and tension. Nothing beats relaxing and being in a good mood!

Hot tubs, as well as leading to the realise of endorphins, can cause a reduction in stress hormones as well such as noradenalin. This can aid suffers of insomnia as the body relaxes, leading to a good nights sleep.

Increasing Home value

A hot tub is extremely likely to add value to your home when selling up and in most cases is very appealing to a new home buyer especially in warmer climates. Hot tubs or spa’s are seen as a real luxury item, yet they are easy to maintain and clean and are not usually a risk for young families as a swimming pool would be because of the ability to cover them up securely.