Can a Hot Tub Change Your Life?

Humans have known the health benefits of water and hydrotherapy for centuries, and although we have made countless medical advances in the western world, many people are returning to the proven treatments of the past for good, non-invasive therapies.

Many members of the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) have reported that the popularity of owning a hot tub at home has increased again this year. Hydrotherapy products range from basic inflatable spas to portable hot tubs and even swim spas and exercise pools which can offer hydrotherapy and exercise space, all in one self-contained unit.

Through technological developments, many hot tubs now come with an immense amount of features, such as; hydromassage jets, therapeutic lounge seats for full body massage, directional jets, ambient mood lighting, glass touchscreen controls systems, waterfalls and some even come with wifi. There are also some hot tubs that have a  mobile phone app to control the hot tub from anywhere and make sure it is ready at the optimum temperature when you get home from a hard days work!

With so much choice available, it can get a little confusing when you are looking to purchase your first hot tub, especially if you have a health condition and you are hoping to relieve some of the symptoms with hydrotherapy, it’s helpful to know the benefits a hot tub can bring to your life.

The hydromassage features that a hot tub provides can help to relieve a variety of symptoms and conditions including   

Chronic Pain – Hydrotherapy is a recommended course of treatment for patients with chronic pain conditions. Hydromassage reduces pain by promoting normal movement, increasing muscle length, and increasing muscle strength and control. Conditions that may benefit include fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, and longstanding musculoskeletal conditions. 

Neurological – People with neurological conditions are often able to perform activities in the water that they are unable to on dry land. Hydromassage is also used as a way to reduce muscle spasm in patients with severe traumatic brain injury, and increase strength in many neurological conditions. Owning a hot tub can mean that relaxation exercises and movement can be performed on a daily basis.

Cardiovascular / Pulmonary Conditions – Hydromassage can be used to enhance muscular and cardiopulmonary endurance in the elderly, or for rehabilitation following cases of chronic heart failure or an exacerbation of respiratory disease. 

Musculoskeletal Injuries – Whether sport related or age-related, hydromassage can help improve function following a musculoskeletal injury. Common conditions treated include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, ankle sprains, supraspinatus muscle tears, and low back pain. 

Post Surgery – Hydromassage is used to quicken the recovery of patients following back, abdominal or lower limb surgery that causes them difficulty mobilising and unable to weight-bear fully. Hydromassage helps by increasing joint movement and increasing muscle strength. Examples of surgeries hydrotherapy can be beneficial following include anterior cruciate ligament surgery, reduction and internal fixation of a Colles’ fracture, and total replacement of a lower limb joint. 

Paediatric – Hydromassage is a standard treatment used to treat children with neurological and orthopaedic conditions, or following surgery. Conditions that may benefit from hydromassage include Rett syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, infantile spinal muscular atrophy, and following surgery. 

Once you’ve done your homework and decide you need a hot tub in your life, it’s good to know where you can go to buy one with the reassurance of a safe purchase. It is easy enough to find hot tubs online these days but just as when purchasing a new car, use the internet to look online to focus on your preferred choice of brand and model, but before you make any commitment to buy you need to be sure your choice of hot tub will meet all of your needs.

Good news! There’s help available from a UK trade association set up with the customer in mind to ensure the public are provided with safe hot tub standards. BISHTA offers an invaluable source of information to find the right dealer or a particular brand. Purchasing from a BISHTA member is your assurance of buying with confidence. You will be able to buy from a hot tub dealer who is; knowledgeable of British and European standards, trained in all aspects of hot tub safety and water hygiene, is signed up to a published code of ethics, who sells safe and reputable products from respected sources, which comply with industry and statutory standards, and who backs their products with comprehensive warranties and high levels of customer service.

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