HEALTH BENEFITS

FEEL BETTER, LIVE BETTER

Both medical professionals and our customers agree, there are a multitude of health and wellbeing benefits gained from regularly relaxing and enjoying time in a spa.

Tap into a Proven Natural Remedy – Hydrotherapy

Simply put, hydrotherapy is the therapeutic use of warm water.

Whether it’s to unwind from the stress of everyday life or to rejuvenate sore, tired muscles and joints, hydrotherapy can help you feel better – naturally.

How Does Hydrotherapy Work?

There are three factors at work in a spa: heat, buoyancy and massage. Together they create an experience that is both relaxing and healing. Immersion in warm water raises the body temperature and causes the blood vessels to dilate, resulting in increased circulation. The buoyancy of the water reduces body weight by approximately 90%, relieving pressure on joints and muscles also creating the relaxing sensation of weightlessness. ssw-health-benefits-soothing-hydrotherapy-img The massaging action of a spa is created by sending a mixture of warm water and air through jet nozzles. This “energized” stream of water relaxes tight muscles and stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killers.

Who Needs Hydrotherapy?

In a word, everyone. Soaking in the wonderfully warm swirling water of a spa leaves you feeling both mentally and physically relaxed. Ever have trouble getting to sleep? Fifteen minutes in a spa before bedtime can make it easier to drift into a deep, restful sleep.

If you’ve ever felt stiff, sore or tense, you’ll truly appreciate hydrotherapy. Many arthritis sufferers find that a soak in the morning provides day-long relief. Anyone who engages in strenuous sports, hard physical labor, or just spends the day on their feet will also experience amazing relief in a spa.

Of course a spa is more than just good hydrotherapy. It’s also good fun. So it’s something you’ll want to experience every day. And once you own a spa, you’ll probably find yourself echoing what so many of our customers tell us: “I don’t know how I got along without it.”

Immerse Yourself in Healing

From the moment your body becomes immersed in a warm spa, it begins to experience mild changes that make you feel better…

Dipping your body into water of any temperature makes you feel weightless and, because of a change in hydrostatic pressure, can help dull any pain you may be feeling.

But what separates soaking in a hot spa from treading water in a pool – or even soaking in a warm bath – is the fact that the warm temperature is sustained. Medical experts say that, over time, this brings about changes in your circulatory system that affect other aspects of your body’s operations.

Your body’s first reaction to being immersed in warmer water is to try to get back to its normal temperature by pumping the heart a little faster to bring blood to the surface and, normally, disperse extra body heat into the air. This causes a temporary and mild increase in blood pressure.

But because spa water is maintained at a high temperature – and because water is one of the most effective conductors of heat – the blood being carried to the body’s surface is warmed, rather than cooled. The longer the soaker remains in the spa, the more times the blood cycles through the body – and the deeper into the body the warm temperature is carried. Studies have shown that immersion in a spa maintained at 40 degrees can raise the core body temperature to 37 degrees Celsius in less than 20 minutes.

After a few minutes, the warm blood causes the blood vessels to dilate, lessening the resistance to blood flow and dropping the blood pressure. As the body goes through this process, several benefits are enjoyed – most of which are enhanced further by the jet action:

Muscle Relaxation.

This occurs when the warm blood reaches deeper and deeper into the muscles, causing the vessels to expand. The muscle-relaxation effects of hot water also help deaden muscle pain by easing any pinching of nerves or blood vessels, and by helping the muscle rid itself of lactic acid and other metabolic wastes.

Temporary Pain Relief.

As the body tries to register a temperature change, the central nervous system becomes depressed, contributing to muscle relaxation and temporarily relieving, or at least lessening, pain. This can happen with any drastic change in temperature – hot or cold – but most people are more comfortable sitting in warm water than holding an ice pack. (Remember, for recent injuries where there is swelling or broken skin, an ice pack is more suitable.)

Toxin Cleansing.

In trying to regain its normal temperature, the body will begin sweating so that moisture on the skin will evaporate and cool the body. But this process also helps rid the body of toxins.

Priming The Muscles.

By relaxing muscles, hot water helps increase their range of motion to allow for gentle exercise and stretching in the spa and greater benefits.

Promotion of Healing.

The jet action found in spas can help to promote healing by providing even more oxygen to the area than is provided by warm water alone. The heat and pressure from the jets can also raise the level of antibodies and white blood cells delivered to the area, encouraging the destruction of bad cells and stimulating the formation of new tissue.

Help for Insomnia.

It has been found that sleep deepens as body temperature falls. As a result, some medical experts recommend that anyone wanting to induce sleep, especially those being kept up by pain, soak in water of approximately 38 degrees Celsius about two hours before bedtime.

Please Note:

You can, of course, get too much of a good thing. Soaking in a spa raises your core temperature without discomfort. This isn’t healthy for more than a brief period – and for some people it’s not OK at all. The hot-water industry recommends that you soak no longer than 15 minutes at a time, refrain from performing rigorous exercise in hot water, and, if you have a medical condition, consult your doctor before taking a dip.

Easing Back Pain with Spa Therapy

Lower back pain is the number 2 reason in Australia (after colds and the flu) for a visit to the doctor.

Millions of people suffer needlessly. For many years Europeans have used spa therapy (soaking in hot baths of mineral water) as an alternative treatment for various chronic diseases. And there’s always been anecdotal evidence that the hot water and jets of a spa relieve back pain. Yet, the effectiveness of such therapy for chronic low back pain has not been well documented.

In 1995, a study published in the British Journal of Rheumatology offered evidence that hot tub therapy has both short- and long-term benefits for people with lower back pain.

A later study, published in the Journal of Rheumatology by a group of researchers in France, sought to conform these results and quantify the overall benefits of spa therapy.

After three weeks of consistent spa therapy, examinations showed more improvement in the health status (as measured in pain duration and intensity and back flexibility) of the spa treatment group than of the medication-only group.

After six months, significant improvement continued in the spa therapy group. In addition, their use of analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs had decreased.

The preceding research information was featured in the March-April 1996 issue of Arthritis Today, compiled and edited by Mary Anne Dunkin.

Get a Good Night’s Restful Sleep

Did you know that relaxing in a spa can help ease your body into a deeper sleep?

An evaluation of the sleep habits of Australians demonstrates that disrupted sleep, inadequate sleep duration, daytime fatigue, excessive sleepiness and irritability are highly prevalent (20%–35%). While about half of these problems are attributable to specific sleep disorders, the balance appears largely due to poor sleep habits or choices to limit sleep opportunity. Medical Journal of Australia – 2013

Sleep researchers believe that many cases of poor sleep and insomnia can be traced to hectic, stressful lifestyles lived by basically healthy people. The flow-on effects of sleep deprivation can include increased stress, grogginess, lapses in focus and memory, depression, even erratic mood swings. There’s also a great deal of research that points to sleep deprivation as a contributor to strokes, coronary disease, motor vehicle and work place accidents.

It’s a very real problem that can be addressed with a healthy, well-being enhancing solution – simply relaxing in a spa before bedtime.

Studies suggest that immersion in hot water that has a constant temperature, before bedtime can ease the transition into a deeper, more restful sleep.

This occurs for two key reasons. First there is a temperature shift, since the body’s core internal thermostat drops after leaving the water, which signals the body that it’s time to sleep.

Second, the sleep improvement is the result of the hot water’s relaxing properties – the buoyancy of the water reducing body weight by approximately 90%, relieving pressure on joints and muscles, creating the sensation of weightlessness. Plus the hot, swirling water leaves you feeling both mentally and emotionally relaxed.

In addition, spa-induced sleep is a natural remedy, unlike alternative sleeping aids such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter remedies and alcohol – all of which can make you feel groggy and have other adverse side effects.

Spa Therapy to Help Control Diabetes

According to Diabetes Australia, over 900,000 Australians are diabetic.

* 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes

* Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes.

A variety of different medical studies have looked into the potential of spa therapy and its benefits for sufferers of diabetes.

As an example Health Grades Magazine reports:

“Taking a soak in a spa can release tension from your muscles—and your mind. Some evidence even suggests it can help control your diabetes. As the hot water boosts your core temperature, your body activates its natural cooling mechanisms. Blood vessels near your skin dilate to release some of the extra heat you’ve absorbed. This increase in blood flow has beneficial effects, especially if you can’t exercise. More nutrient-rich blood reaches your muscles as a result. In some studies, regular hot tub visits actually reduced blood glucose levels in people with diabetes.”

Tight control of blood glucose (sugar) levels is the only defense against the many problems and side effects that come from diabetes.

An independent study led by Dr. Philip L. Hooper at the McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado studied a group of Type 2 diabetes patients for three weeks. The patients were required to soak in a hot tub for thirty minutes a day, six days a week, for the duration of the study. The results were astounding! The patients’ average blood sugar levels were reduced by an average of 13 percent. Hooper also explained that one of the subjects was able to reduce his daily dose of insulin by 18 percent after only ten days of the study.

 

In reference to these findings, Dr. Hooper states that hot tubs are especially helpful for patients who are unable to exercise, and recommends that hot tub treatments should be included as regular therapy for patients with diabetes.

Important Note.

It is highly recommended that those with diabetes consult with their physicians prior to beginning spa treatments.

Weight Loss can be a Beneficial Side-effect of Spa Use

Anecdotal evidence and medical-based studies have shown that the regular use of spas can aid in the weight loss and can also help diminish the appearance of cellulite.

This stems from the fact that soaking in a spa simulates exercise. The hydrotherapy dilates the blood vessels, promoting better circulation as it relaxes the skin and muscles. It also raises the heart rate, while lowering blood pressure.

Studies have shown that just 30 minutes a day in the hot tub can help you lose weight. No other exercise, no outside routines—just a 30-minute soak six days a week. A spa’s moving water stimulates your muscles; this slow stimulation causes you to gradually lose weight.

In fact the New England Journal of Medicine followed a group of subjects who were required to soak in a hot tub for thirty minutes a day, six days a week, for three weeks.

Though this study was for diabetes research, the results were wide-reaching. The patients’ weight was reduced by an average of 1.7kg! The subjects lost around half a kilogram per week, just by soaking in a spa.

Regular use of hot tubs can also help to diminish the appearance of cellulite. The fatty deposits that typically gather on the hips, thighs and buttocks of most women past their 30s can never be fully eliminated. The design of a woman’s body naturally causes the skin to dimple out, whether she is carrying weight or thin. However, by improving circulation to the areas affected by cellulite, it has been shown that the appearance of the unsightly deposits can be reduced.

 

 

According to a variety of medical sources available on the Internet, the hydrotherapy that a spa provides stimulates the blood vessels, increasing circulation. It also tones the body tissue, helps to reduce fluid retention. All of these benefits combined can result in the diminishment of the appearance of cellulite.

Improve Your Cardiovascular Health Naturally

A study at the Mayo Clinic found that since soaking in a spa simulates exercise, so it can provide you the same health benefits of gentle exercise – with less stress to the heart!

The research, led by Dr. Thomas G. Allison of the world-renowned medical center, examined the body temperature and cardiovascular stress experienced by 15 patients at risk for heart disease both in hot water and on bicycles.

The studies showed that cycling exercise caused blood pressure to rise from an average of 121/73 to 170/84. By contrast, sitting in a spa made the blood pressure drop from an average of 117/77 to 106/61. The article also states that spa use will raise heart rates 25.7 beats per minute.

A spa increases the heart rate while lowering blood pressure, instead of raising it as other forms of exercise do.

Important Note:

We strongly urge anyone who is at risk for heart disease to consult with his or her physician before entering a spa.

Soothing Relief for Arthritis Pain

A study at the Mayo Clinic found that since soaking in a spa simulates exercise, so it can provide you the same health benefits of gentle exercise – with less stress to the heart!

Approximately one in five Australians suffer from some form of arthritis pain. The good news is that there are safe and effective ways to both minimize the discomfort and help prevent further damage. According to a publication from The Arthritis Foundation, Spas, Pools, and Arthritis – “Regular sessions in your hot tub help keep joints moving.

It restores and preserves strength and flexibility, and also protects your joints from further damage.”

“A hot tub fulfills the need perfectly . . . providing the warmth, massage, and buoyancy that is so necessary to the well-being of arthritis sufferers. The buoyancy of the water supports and lessens stress on the joints and encourages freer movement. Water exercises may even act as resistance to help build muscle strength.”

Research from the Arthritis Foundation has shown warm water therapy works wonders for all kinds of musculoskeletal conditions, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and lower back pain.

 “It makes you feel better. It makes the joints looser. It reduces pain and it seems to have a somewhat prolonged effect that goes beyond the period of immersion,” says Bruce E. Becker, MD, director of the National Aquatics & Sports Medicine Institute at Washington State University in Spokane.

There are many reasons soaking in warm water works. It reduces the force of gravity that’s compressing the joint, offers 360-degree support for sore limbs, can decrease swelling and inflammation and increase circulation.

So, how long should you soak? Dr. Becker says patients he’s studied seem to reach a maximum benefit after about 20 minutes. And make sure you drink water before and afterward to stay well hydrated.”

Gain Important Training Benefits

Both serious and part-time sports people can use their spas to aid in easing and repair of sore muscles and injuries.

Neck and back pain, sports injuries, muscle pulls, cramps and soreness are often eased simply by a quick dip in your spa.

Water’s therapeutic powers lie in its ability to alter the body’s blood flow.

According to an article in Tennis Magazine, “When you immerse yourself in the hot water of a whirlpool, the temperature of your skin and muscles rise, causing blood vessels to dilate and thus increases blood flow to the skin and muscles. Turn on the whirlpool jets and the pulsating water massages the skin, increasing blood flow even more. The result? Your skin and muscles loosen and relax from the increased blood circulation.”

You can improve your athletic performance by using your hot tub both before and after you exercise.

Before Exercise

Soaking in a hot tub before exercising relaxes your body and loosens muscles, making exercise easier and reducing the risk of injury. A pre-exercise soak will also help improve performance. In fact, some golfers swear it has actually taken a couple of strokes off their game.

After Exercise

Spa hydrotherapy has long been a favorite of athletes for the relief of post-training muscle soreness, strain, and injuries. Even if you’re not an athlete, staying active, whether it’s a daily walk, a game of tennis, bicycling, or gardening, can leave you feeling some aches and pains. For participants in recreational sports, most injuries are not the result of sudden catastrophes, but come from overuse, or not being properly conditioned for a particular activity.

The after-workout health benefits you get from a Splashes spa are far-reaching:

> Help alleviate the symptoms of muscle strains, sprains, and other injuries

> Increase blood flow and circulation

> Sooth back pain

> Ease the symptoms of arthritis

> Help restore a better range of motion

> Bring the body into a more calm state

Soak the Stress Out of Your Body

The link between stress and illness should be of interest to anyone concerned with their health.

We all have stress in our daily lives from work, family and lifestyle. Depression, tension, frustration and insecurity are amongst the most damaging types of stress. Affected by stress, the heart works harder, breathing becomes more rapid and shallow, and digestion slows. Nearly every process of the body is degraded. Researchers have estimated that a huge proportion of diseases and physical issues are either stress-related or further aggravated by stress. Since we usually can’t avoid it, the key to dealing with stress is relieving it!

A soothing and relaxing soak in your spa on a regular basis can help counteract stress and its effects on the human body. It is the perfect antidote to a hectic and stressful lifestyle. The warm waters and soothing massage work to relieve anxiety and relax your tense muscles.

Numerous independent studies have proven that a warm water massage stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural “feel good” chemical. Your Splashes Spa will enhance your sense of well being, and leave you feeling revived, rejuvenated, strengthened and ready to tackle life’s daily challenges.

After six months, significant improvement continued in the spa therapy group. In addition, their use of analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs had decreased.

The preceding research information was featured in the March-April 1996 issue of Arthritis Today, compiled and edited by Mary Anne Dunkin.