Cold & Flu Season: Should I Use A Hot Tub When I’m Sick?

cold and flu hot tub

on February 6, 2015 in Health

When your body begins aching and your nose gets uncomfortably stuffed up, your first reaction is probably to run straight to the medicine cabinet or the local pharmacy. But that’s not all you should do this year. Soaking in a hot tub can help you feel a little bit better if you have the flu or cold. Just make sure to stay hydrated, keep your hot tub clean and only soak in 20 minute intervals. Here’s how warm water combined with powerful jets may relieve your cold and flu symptoms in the most relaxing way possible.

Clear Out Your Stuffy Nose & Throat

Do you remember when your parents used to make you put your face over a bowl of hot water to clear your nasal passages? Hot tubs can give you the same result in a much more relaxing way. As you lay back in a steaming hot tub, warm vapor clears your nose and throat, allowing you to breathe freely again. Just remember to keep a towel or handkerchief close by so that you can cleanly blow your nose!

Relieve Your Headaches and Body Aches

As if congestion, coughs and fatigue weren’t enough, a flu or cold tends to leave us with irritating aches that last all day long. Before you take that pain relief pill, try relaxing in the hot tub for a few minutes. The hot tub’s heat, buoyancy and massage can provide you with instant natural pain relief.

Use ThermoSpas® total control therapy system to target the areas of your body that are aching the most with hydrotherapy jets. The powerful massage you’ll receive can relax your muscles, increase circulation and dilate blood vessels, working the pain away.

Improve Your Sleep

Though falling asleep can be difficult when you’re sick, it’s especially important to get sleep while you’re body is fighting off an illness. Soaking in the warm waters of a hot tub puts your mind and body into a deep state of relaxation. When you experience this relaxation before you go to bed, you can fall asleep faster and improve the quality of your sleep.

Decrease Stress Levels

Researchers found that the less sensitive immune system are to cortisol, a hormone released when you are stressed, the more likely that person may be to develop a cold when exposed to a virus. Chronic stress may also allow “the inflammation that causes cold symptoms to run wild,” as stated by CNN. If you’re constantly stressed, this is not good news during cold and flu season. Thankfully, you can melt your stress away by receiving a therapeutic warm water massage in your hot tub. Massages stimulate the body to release endorphins (natural painkillers and mood elevators) and reduce stress hormones naturally, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The American Cancer Society also notes that warm water in the form of massaging water jets or a hot tub provides relaxation and stress relief.

If you catch the flu or a cold this winter, we hope you try soaking in a hot tub to help alleviate your symptoms in a more natural way. As long as you remember to bring a water bottle with you to stay hydrated, keep your hot tub clean and only soak in 20 minute intervals, the symptoms you have will hopefully melt away. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions about hot tub health benefits!

This content should not be interpreted as medical advice and is not intended to replace consultation with a qualified medical professional.


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