Hydrotherapy may be a $5 word, but it’s pretty simple concept:
Using water to alleviate aches and pains — from sore muscles after a workout to chronic pain from arthritis to stress and anxiety. And it’s the latest buzz in the hot tub and spa world.
Why is a hot tub or spa the perfect tool for reaping the benefits of hydrotherapy?
- Heat: The warm water of a spa or hot tub can raise your body temperature and improve circulation.
- Buoyancy: Because your body weight is reduced significantly when you’re submerged in water, you can reduce some of the pressure on your muscles and joints that you experience out of water.
- Massage: If your hot tub or spa includes massaging jets, they can help relax your mind and body, and relieve stress and anxiety.
- Water immersion: Recent research has found that immersion in water, particularly warm water, can have a relaxing effect that can result in reduced blood pressure, improved endocrine function, and improved mood and cognitive function.
If hydrotherapy is a priority when it comes to your new hot tub or spa, your hot tub and spa professional can help you choose the perfect one.
He or she can help you carefully consider types of jets, ensuring a jet variety, jet positioning and jet adjustability — all important elements of hydrotherapy.
You’ll also want to choose a hot tub or spa that provides the ultimate in comfort through an ergonomic design. Look for a design that fits your body, evenly distributing your weight and facilitating proper posture.