Soaking in a hot tub is the perfect way to unwind after a long, busy day, but this wellness routine can provide benefits beyond relaxation. More and more, people are discovering how soaking in a hot tub can ease pain and stiffness, help muscles recover after exercise, and provide temporary relief from symptoms of arthritis, fibromyalgia, and more.

Pain can get in the way of living your fullest life. You may experience discomfort due to injury or illness, or feel stiff and sore from too many hours spent sitting at your desk. Whatever the source, pain can keep you from being active and engaging in the activities you love. With a hot tub at home, it's simple to customize a routine that will deliver the well being and vitality you need to launch your best self.

Benefits of Hot Tub Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is an alternative therapy recognized for temporary pain relief of ailments such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle and joint pain, fibromyalgia, and aches and discomfort following exercise. Studies indicate that the benefits of spa therapy result from a combination of chemical, mechanical, and thermal factors at work. But remember, while hot tubs are recommended for many pain sufferers, you should always consult your physician for health advice.

When you soak in your hot tub, the effect of buoyancy decreases stress on your muscles and joints, allowing for a period of recovery. Water immersion contributes to that recovery by helping to relax both the mind and the body. Warm water immersion may also serve to reduce muscle spasms and diminish the experience of pain. Numerous owner reviews suggest that using a hot tub regularly not only relieves mental and physical tension, but also improves quality of life in the long term.

Consider what Bruce, an avid Hot Spring® user from Waco, Texas, has to say about how his hot tub helps to alleviate pain and keep him active.

 I have muscle aches and pains and bad circulation in one leg and our Flash® model has helped with both of those issues! We use it 3-4 times a week, and love that each of our six seats had a different "feel" with the jets. Our favorite feature is the foot massage jets in the center of the base... they're awesome! The Flash has plenty of room, my wife and I both love it! 

Using Your Hot Tub For Pain Relief and Well Being

To maximize hydrotherapy benefits, make a warm soak part of your daily routine. Your backyard hot tub retreat can be a source of wellness that can powerfully transform your life and your experience of pain. Here's how to get the most out of your daily soak.

Let Your Hot Tub Work Its Magic

We have designed our hot tubs to deliver a premium massage experience. Our innovative and patented jets are designed to target specific muscle groups. The SmartJet® System allows you to direct water flow to different jet groups and seats throughout the spa, while the Comfort Control® feature lets you dial in your ideal mix of air and water to control the intensity of your massage ranging from a powerful massage to a soft touch.

Find the Right Temperature

Tuning your hot tub for comfort and pain relief is all about personalization. We don't recommend that your spa water ever exceed 104°F, but you may want to start with a lower temperature (for example, between 98° and 100°) and find the level that is right for you. The key is to reach a point where your muscles are relaxed without overheating you.

Use the Water for Increased Comfort

You can use the time you spend in your hot tub to do some low-impact exercise and stimulate your muscles and joints. With just 15 or 20 minutes a day, you can become much more flexible. As an added bonus, the buoyancy of the water takes some of the weight and pressure off of your joints as you move, making it easier to stay fit and pain-free

Stay Hydrated

Of course, being in warm water is going to raise your body temperature. That means sweat and evaporation, particularly if you decide to do some light stretching or exercise. As healthy as that habit is, it's important to follow it up with proper hydration. When you soak, drink plenty of water to regulate your body temperature and further aid your recovery.

The best part about using hydrotherapy to help muscles recover and keep arthritis from slowing you down? It's easy to work into your routine. No matter how busy you are, there's always time to fit a warm soak into every day. That won't just help you beat back stress, but it can add to your comfort and help you stick to your wellness goals for the rest of your life.

this blog was written by Hot Spring® Spa