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.