Hydrotherapy & Health Benefits
Today there is a body of research to support the use of warm-water immersion, coupled with massaging jets, to promote healing and increase both a physical and mental sense of well-being.
From ancient times to modern day, people have intuitively been drawn to the restorative powers of hydrotherapy. Can something that feels so good actually be good for you? Happily, the answer is a resounding “Yes.”
Alleviation of Stress
For most of us, stress is now an unavoidable part of everyday life. Over the long term, without the use of appropriate stress management techniques, your health will begin to suffer.Hydrotherapy is one of the easiest ways to reduce the effects of stress on both your body and your mind.
Enter the clean, bubbling water of Hot Tub and feel an immediate reduction in your adrenalin response.This, in turn, encourages release of endorphins, a naturally occurring substance in the body which induces a sense of well-being.
For stress relief, we recommend using your spa at least three times a week at a temperature that allows 30 minutes of immersion. Additionally, light and aromatherapies can be combined with hydrotherapy by adding optional mood lighting or scented oils that are available especially for use in your spa.
Natural Aid to Sound Sleep
A good night’s sleep is vital to your health and safety. The National Sleep Foundation, among other experts on sleep, recognises a regular soak in a hot tub as an excellent way to prepare for a night of sound sleep.
To obtain more restful sleep, use your Hot Tub late in the evening, which will raise your body temperature. The sound of our waterfalls will help clear your mind of stresses that can disturb sleep. You may also select essential oils for use in your spa that are particularly designed to aid natural sleep. Once you leave the hot tub, your body temperature will fall, providing a natural inducement to falling into a deep, sound sleep.
Muscle and Joint Health
After just 12 minutes in a hot tub, deep muscle temperature increases to reach the temperature of the water. This has been shown to provide relief to sore or injured muscles and joints and promote healing of injured tissue.
Our selected manufacturers all have an array of jets within their spas which are designed to massage. Swirling, pulsing, streaming and penetrating effectively to stimulate points of the body.
While hydrotherapy will benefit almost anyone with common muscle fatigue or joint pain, please ask your doctor about its use, particularly, if you suffer from any of the following:
Arthritis – either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid
Muscular or skeletal strain or trauma
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”)
Fitness and Aerobic Benefits
Your hot tub is well-suited for a water-based exercise program. To quote directly from a 2009 study: Aquatic activity impacts the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, autonomic nervous system and endocrine systems in ways that have positive public health implications for issues confronting the nation, including obesity, diabetes, and arthritis. Aquatic activity has tremendous application in the area of sports medicine and has great potential value to student athletes in both training and rehabilitation.
When using your hot tub to increase your overall physical fitness, you may adopt an exercise program or simply enjoy the heart-healthy effects of a daily soak.
In a water workout, the buoyancy provided by water reduces the impact on your joints which occurs on dry land. Many people with a physical limitation that restricts them from using traditional gym equipment or engaging in vigorous exercise are able to accomplish a water-workout that can improve and restore strength and flexibility.
Most of our spas can accommodate simple exercises. For more intense exercise we supply swim spa’s which have a powerful current to swim against. You can also add optional exercise equipment such as resistance bands and rowing equipment to create a custom workout program.
But we’ll let you in on a secret: simply sitting and soaking can provide many of the benefits of a more strenuous aerobic workout. In a study cited in the New England Journal of Medicine, a group of sedentary people added a 30 minute daily hot tub immersion to their routines, reducing their weight by an average of 3.75 pounds over the course of the three week study.
Immersion in hot water increases blood flow to central organs, including the heart. As blood flow to the heart increases, the heart “exercises” by speeding up to accommodate the added volume. Of course, it is most appropriate to consult your doctor before starting a new program of treatment or strenuous exercise, especially if you have any pre-existing health or heart conditions.
Cornish Hot Tubs have several customers who have invested in a hot tub in order to improve their health.
Lighting has more affect on us humans than you realise, all our American Whirpools and Clearwater Spa have multi-coloured LED lighting to change or enhance the mood. Take a look at this spectrum to see the affects.
Chromotherapy, sometimes called color therapy, colorology or cromatherapy, is an alternative medicine method, which is considered pseudoscience. Chromotherapists claim to be able to use light in the form of color to balance “energy” lacking from a person’s body, whether it be on physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental levels.
Color therapy is distinct from other types of light therapy, such as neonatal jaundice treatment and blood irradiation therapy which is a scientifically accepted medical treatment for a number of conditions, and from photobiology, the scientific study of the effects of light on living organisms. The potential risk of retinal damage linked to chromotherapy has been discussed by French skeptic and light physicist Sébastien Point. Although this researcher consider that LED lamps at domestic radiance are safe in normal use for the general population, he also pointed out the risk of overexposure to light from LEDs for practices like chromotherapy, when duration and time exposure are not under control.
“Suffering from a neurological disorder (and a touch of Anno Domini), my condition was deteriorating as it was so difficult to take proper exercise. It was suggested that I try a hot tub as a means of easing pain and assisting movement, and having been recommended Cornish Hot Tubs, I paid them a visit after checking other suppliers. I found them very knowledgeable and helpful without being ‘pushy’. Since I have had my L.A Spas hot tub, my condition has not deteriorated at all and my medical advisers are amazed at how supple my muscles are. I find I still need assistance to enter the tub, but after 30 minutes treatment with gentle movement, I can exit the tub with no help. There is nothing better, I find, come winter or summer, than to have a ‘tub session’ to ease the aches and pains of a long day or to freshen me up at the start of the day.
Thank you C.H.T team for making life for me a lot easier and bearable.”Dr Alan Russell