Mental Health – the current hot topic over the last two years, so, what is mental health?
Mental health is a state of well being, it is based on your ability to cope with the normal stresses of everyday life and it can go from being good to poor. It includes your emotional, psychological and social well being, therefore, it is just as important as your physical health so it should be prioritised, even by the greatest athletes in the world.
Did you know that there are various ways in which an individual can improve their mental health and one sure way is by investing in a hot tub?
A high quality hot tub can improve your life and well being, an after work soak can help you to feel so much better by reducing stress levels, easing pain, restoring your bodies flexibility and even improving quality of sleep. Listed below are the key health benefits of owning a hot tub.
1. Decreased Anxiety & Stress
Stress is a normal part of everyday life, the feeling of being anxious or scared and your body consequently releases stress hormones to provide you with more adrenaline and focus. However, it can also cause more physical symptoms such as a faster heartbeat and excess sweating.
Being in a hot tub allows you to completely let go of life’s stresses with the help of the warm water lapping against your skin and the therapeutic massage jets working to iron out the tension in your muscles, transporting you to your own little world, a world full of luxury and comfort where stress does not exist. Imagine getting home from a hard day’s work knowing that you have a lovely, warm spa just waiting for you to dip and unwind in, is there a better feeling?
2. Relief from the Symptoms of Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
Common conditions which some people suffer from are arthritis and fibromyalgia. Arthritis is characterised by joint pain and swelling, which can makes someone less able in their body as their joints become stiff making it harder to move. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain all over the body, which can result in disturbed sleep and an inability to concentrate. Both conditions can hinder someone’s quality of life as they make normal everyday tasks harder but fortunately for them, spending time in a hot tub will create temporary relief from joint pain as the hot water increases blood flow which helps to soothe muscles and prevent stiffness. Studies have shown that following a course of hydrotherapy treatment showed demonstrable benefits for patients with these conditions, please see, the patients reported improvements in physical functionality, sleep quality and the ability to do their jobs with a reduction in pain intensity.
3. Relief from Lower Back Pain
According to Nuffield Health, over a quarter of Britons (27%) suffer from lower back pain, please see, which can impact the quality of everyday life, especially if its undetected and becomes more chronic. Back pain can make everyday activities such as, going to work, shopping, doing household chores difficult. Many studies have shown that people with chronic back pain do benefit from hydrotherapy treatment as it showed a reduction in their symptoms, please see.
4. Restore lost Flexibility
As our bodies get older, we lose our range of motion. This process can be gradual for some and more rapid for others depending on their lifestyle and medical history.
If you use a hot tub regularly, it is possible for you to restore lost flexibility and slow done the natural ageing process with the water creating pressure on the body which helps to release muscle tension and stress on the joints.
5. Better Sleep
Are you suffering from a lack of sleep? A hot tub is similar to a hot bath in that it will help you to relax and feel calm before you go to bed. The hot water soothes the muscles to relieve any aches and pains and once you get out and the body cools, its internal systems, like the heart, naturally slow down which helps you to feel drowsy. In an American study into older females which suffered from insomnia, they found that soaking in warm water led them to have a deeper, more restful and continuous sleeping pattern, please see.
To summarise, having a hot tub enhances your life in more ways than one and soaking in your spa is proven to improve your health and body’s sense of well being.