Water Therapy or Hydrotherapy is the use of water (hot, cold, steam, or ice) to relieve discomfort and promote physical well being. Hot water is recognized for its relaxing properties.
Studies have shown more than 50% of Americans suffer from some sort of ill health effects due to stress. Hot tubs today, are used to relieve stress as well as provide relaxation and enjoyment.
Several health benefits associated with hot tub use include:
- Improved blood circulation and quicker removal of lactic acid (a chemical causing muscle pain after extended physical activity)
- Stimulating the release of endorphins (the body’s own pain reliever)
- Relaxation from muscle tension
- Easing of pain from tension headaches
- Allowing connective tissue (tendons and ligaments) to be more flexible
- Relieving pressure on joints, muscles, and nerves (buoyancy factor)
- Enhanced ability to fall asleep
Additional studies indicate hot tub usage may be helpful in treating heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, lower back and knee pain, as well as sleep disorders.