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  1. Can a Hot Tub Really Help With Joint Pain?

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    As we age, joint pain becomes more and more frequent. Along with arthritis, even plain old injuries can cause pain in your joints. Soaking your body in the warm, bubbling waters of a hot tub can help to greatly relieve joint pain that you are experiencing. Let’s take a look at why a hot tub can help alleviate the symptoms of your pain here.

    Reduces Pressure on Your Joints

    Water buoyancy makes your body lighter by about 90 percent, reducing most of the pressure gravity puts on your joints, according to the National Swimming Pool Foundation.1 When you reduce the strain on your knees and joints in the water, the muscles around those joints are allowed to relax, notes Psychology Today.2 Because of this, both your muscles and joints will be substantially less painful and tense.

    Heats Your Body Up

    There’s a reason your body loves the feeling of hot water. The warm waters of a hot tub relax your joints and increase circulation, which in turn reduces the muscles spasms that so frequently accompany joint pain, according to Laura Schiff’s article in Psychology Today.3 Hot water helps trigger more blood flow to stiff muscles and frozen joints. Engulfing your body in hot water also gives your joints 360-degree support and decreases swelling and inflammation, notes Arthritis Today.4

    Massages the Places That Need it Most

    Whether you’re receiving a massage from your therapy spa or a professional spa therapist, your joints will thank you. Studies have shown that regular massage has led to improvements in pain, range of motion, hand grip strength and overall functions of the joints, according to Arthritis Today.5 ThermoSpas® Healing Spa features therapy jets that are specifically designed to massage joints that are commonly affected by pain.

    Gives Your Mind a Break

    It’s not just your body that needs to relax when you have joint pain. When you sit in a hot tub alone, listening to the gentle motion of the bubbling waters, you give yourself a unique opportunity to meditate. This combination of meditation and soaking in hot water is great for relaxation purposes, which in turn relieves stress and reduces arthritis pain, according to William Arnold, M.D., a rheumatologist at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute.3

    Provides You With a Better Way Exercise

    Exercise can be extremely painful and difficult for people who suffer with joint pain. While working out in a hot tub, you’ll be putting very little stress on your joints while experiencing the pain-relief benefits of hydrotherapy. It’s one of the best ways to exercise if you have joint pain problems. Arthritis Today notes that a variety of studies show that arthritis and fibromyalgia patients who took part in warm water exercise programs two or three times a week saw their pain drop by as much as 40 percent.4 They also found that they were able to function better.

    If you have joint pain and are looking for a relaxing way to get relief, we recommend taking a look at ThermoSpas® Healing Spa. We worked with the Arthritis Foundation to build the first hot tub ever to be specifically designed for people who experience arthritis symptoms, including joint pain.

    The Healing Spa comes with therapy seats and powerful jets crafted to treat your specific joint pain. Even better, almost every part of the hot tub, from the filter system to the staircase, is designed for ease-of-use for those with limited mobility. To learn more, feel free to contact us!


    1 Batter, Laurie. “The Science Behind the Soak.” National Swimming Pool Foundation. August 1, 2009. Web. February 23, 2015.

    2 “Enjoy Hot Springs Within Your Own Home.” Psychology Today 31.2 (1998): 42. CINAHL Plus with Full Text. Web. February 23, 2015.

    3 Schiff, Laura. “Water’s Wonders: Steaming Or Soaking, Hydrotherapy Soothes As It Heals.” Psychology Today 34.5 (2001): 69-71. OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson). Web. February 23, 2015.

    4 “Warm Water Works Wonders on Pain.” Arthritis Today. Arthritis Foundation. Web. February 23, 2015.

    5 “Benefits of Massage.” Arthritis Today. Arthritis Foundation. Web. February 23, 2015.

  2. How Hot Tubs Relieve Sore Muscles

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    One of the greatest advantages of owning a hot tub is the ability to relieve sore muscles and reduce stress through relaxing sessions of warm water and powerful jets. Anyone who has experienced the delightful feeling of a hot tub knows this. They feel their muscles relax and their entire body lose tension. Typically, men and women who use a hot tub at night are able to sleep better and experience less stress throughout the day. So how exactly does a hot tub do this?

    There are three principle elements that affect your body while in the hot tub: heat, buoyancy, and water pressure. Together, these elements work together to relieve muscles tension and reduce levels of stress.

    Heat is obviously a huge factor when it comes to hot tub relief. Even a few minutes in your hot tub can greatly reduce muscle pain strictly from the heat. When you enter a hot tub, you body will immediately begin to warm up which causes your blow flow to increase. As your blood flow increases, your blood also warms up, which helps dilate your blood vessels. This helps lower your blood pressure and allow better circulation to muscle areas that need it most.

    As well, the heat of the water is also able to carry your warmer blood deep into the body. Unlike a hot bath which immediately begins to decrease in temperature the minute the faucet is turned off, hot tub’s can remain the same temperature for as long as you want. This allows your blood to stay at a warm temperature as it recirculates throughout the body to deliver therapeutic heat where baths and heat pads cannot reach.

    Buoyancy, the second element to help relieve sore muscles and stress helps by giving all your joints a little “break”. Imagine lifting a heavy box and walking it down the street. At first, your arms will feel fine, but the longer you carry that weight, the more it strains your arms. Once you let go of the box, you feel a great amount of relief. Now think of your knees, elbows, wrists, and ankles and how much weight they carry everyday, all day. It might not seem like such an exaggerated strain, but all of your joints must work constantly to keep your body in the form that you choose. Giving them a break, even for a twenty minute session, can do wonders for your body.

    Buoyancy, the ability to float in water, takes the weight off of your joints and allows them to relax. A hot tub’s water can support the majority of your weight through buoyancy allowing your muscles and joints to receive much needed down time.

    Last, the water pressure that comes from the powerful jet streams can relax your muscles and release stress that is carried in certain areas of the body. With jet streams and air bubbles that can be set to your linking, from an intensely strong stream to a soft and light brush of water, you can find the perfect setting for a therapeutic massage that you enjoy.

    Just like a massage, the jets of a hot tub can focus on certain muscles areas that are causing you stress. The pressure from the jets help release knots in the muscles and push out free radicals which are then flushed out of the body.

    These three elements are how a hot tub can help relieve pain from sore muscles and reduce stress. For more information on how to use your hot tub to help improve your body through exercise and therapy, refer to the Fitness section of our blog. There you’ll find all the information you need to have an enjoyable time while using your hot tub while reliving the main stresses of the day.

  3. Stretching in the Hot Tub for People with Arthritis

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    The Healing Spa was specifically designed for arthritis patients and was the first hot tub to receive the Ease of Use Commendation by the Arthritis Foundation. We’re happy to have so many satisfied customers that enjoy the relaxing sensations of our high powered jets and bubbling system. For any hot tub user with arthritis, there are great stretches to help relieve muscle and joint tension while in the hot tub. Here are some recommended routines for arthritis patients.

    Stretching is most important for arthritis patients to help relieve muscle aches throughout the body. Flexibility can alleviate a lot of tension, but is hard to do when your muscles and joints are already tight and sore.

    Using a hot tub when stretching is the perfect way to loosen muscles. The heat of the water helps increase blood circulation throughout the body while the buoyancy of the water is able to deliver relief by loosen pressure and joint strain.

    Once in the water and a body’s circulation has increased, there are several stretches a person can focus on to release more pressure.

    Shoulder Stretch:

    Let your upper body and shoulders soak for 15 to 20 mins in the hot tub. After which, take one arm and lift it over your head so you can touch your upper back with your hand. Next, use your other hand to touch the tip of your elbow and gently push down, aiming your elbow to the center of your head. Take deep breaths and lean your head back into the cradle you created with your arm. Breath deep several times before slowly releasing and repeating with the opposite arm.

    As well, simple shoulder shrugs are a great way to help stretch shoulders and neck. Shrug your shoulders, bringing them up to your ears. Hold them there and breath deep.

    Hamstring Stretch:

    Stretch one leg out as long as you can and point your toe to the opposite end of the tub. Feel the muscles of the leg stretch and take a deep breath. Then, pull the leg in, bending the knee and bringing it into the chest. Make sure to sit up straight, and breath deep. Extend the leg back out and repeat with the opposite leg.

    Hand Stretch:

    Many arthritis patients have a hard time with their hands. And although you can do these stretches anywhere, they are especially helpful with the addition of warm water. With your hands underwater, interlock your fingers and rotate your wrist clockwise several times. This will help stretch out the wrists. Next, slowly make a fist with your hands and repeat to stretch out fingers. Last, bend the arm at the elbow and use your opposite arm to push your fingers down, palm facing forward. This will stretch both wrist and fingers while relieving joint pain. Point your fingers up and repeat the stretch, then move onto the opposite hand.

    Breathing is very important when it comes to stretching. With good deep breaths, effective stretching, and a warm hot tub, you’ll find arthritis pains can melt away.

    If you have questions about ThermoSpas Healing Spa and how it can help your arthritis pain, don’t hesitate to contact ThermoSpas today. We’d be happy to help direct you through the benefits of the hot tub and the buying process.

  4. How Can a Hot Tub Relieve Arthritis Pain

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    It’s a sad reality that over 70 million Americans suffer from chronic arthritis pain. The pain starts with a stiffness that escalates over time. Shoulders, knees, hands, and more can become swollen and hard to move. It’s often caused by inflammation of the tissue lining our joints. The older we get, these tissues can become worn down and more sensitive, causing the pain associated with arthritis. While there’s no specific cure, there many remedies that can help reduce swollen joints and relax muscles. One of the most effective is heat and cold water therapy. A hot tub can help make this therapy an enjoyable and relaxing experience.

    It’s true that arthritis can be painful. Many believe that it’s a fact of life that they must learn to accept. However, there are many ways ones can reduce the pain and make the disease manageable. Our recommendation for treating arthritis pain is the use of heat and cold water therapy.

    How Does Heat and Cold Therapy Help Arthritis?

    The method of hot and cold therapy works by stimulating the processes in your body that naturally heal swollen and painful areas. For heat therapy, when the body is exposed to higher temperatures your blood vessels dilate which stimulates blood circulation. This helps brings oxygen to swollen areas and reduce muscle spasms. As well, heat can alert the body of pain, first making the body act as to restore health, along with distracting from the more painful joints and muscles.

    Cold therapy, on the other hand, helps reduce the swelling of tissue lining by constricting blood vessels. If a cold compress is in use long enough, it can numb the pain for a significant amount of time.

    Our recommendation for the best pain relief is moist heat therapy. This involves submerging your body in hot water to reduce pain. Moist heat increases relaxation of the muscles, is able to boost blood supply to painful areas of the body, and relieve muscle spasms. However, we understand that a hot bath might not just do it for you.

    Moist Heat Therapy and A Healing Spa for Arthritis

    For the best moist heat therapy you can receive, we recommend our Healing Spa. The first hot tub to ever be designed specifically for helping relieve arthritis pain.

    What makes our Healing Spa different from other hot tubs is the advanced mobility options and therapeutic features. We consulted the non-profit Arthritis Foundation to help learn about the difficulties of arthritis and what could be done to improve a hot tub and make it specific for arthritis patients. The result was a complete redesign of our hot tubs to service those with arthritis.

    Our therapeutic features include max-comfort pillows to relax the head while the rest of the body soaks in the warm water of the tub. Underneath, a wide array of jets provide a steady stream of warm water that will massage the muscles while providing the warm water to relieve pains. The seats are shaped to easily fit the contours of the back to massage each muscle comfortably.

    Along with advanced therapeutic options, we made sure the Healing Spa had accessible mobility options. Arthritis will most typically occur at an older age and become worse throughout the years, the majority of arthritis patients are past middle age. We made sure our hot tub was accessible for anyone faced with limited mobility. Sculptured safety steps, easy grip mobility bars, and an easy entry and exit captain’s chair make this a spa for anyone who may have a hard time moving. As well, we even created an easy change filter mechanism that require no twisting or heavy lifting. They simply slide up and down into place making it easier for patients with very painful arthritis.

    Our Healing Spa is so helpful to arthritis patients, that Thermospas even received the ‘Ease of Use’ Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation. Denis Bowman, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communication for the Arthritis Foundation has said,

    “We believe the relationship between Thermospas and the Arthritis foundation sets a new precedence for business alliances with non-profit health organizations. Thermospas is the first manufacturer to seek guidance from the Arthritis Foundation to create a product that will benefit people with arthritis being both easy to use and soothing on stiff joints. By using direct input from people with arthritis and healthcare professionals, Thermospas is helping to improve the quality of those affected and helping the Arthritis Foundation achieve its mission.”

    By using moist heat therapy to relax and relieve muscle, joint, and tissue pain, our Healing Spa can help you reduce the stress of Arthritis and get you feeling like your old self again.