Hydrotherapy options improve health, relieve stress
With spring comes a sense of renewal, and when preparing their outdoor living spaces, many Oregonians are considering the benefits of water therapy with either a hot tub or swim spa from Oregon Hot Tub.
Currently, people are feeling acute stress from the COVID-19 pandemic due to restrictions, working from home and distance learning. A good soak in a hot tub can help mitigate stress with warm water immersion which has been shown to increase both relaxation and cognitive ability. Within 22 minutes of sitting in a hot tub, the cellular level of the body is rebooted and users feel better, look better and have more mental clarity.
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Moreover, for the more than 132 million Americans who suffer insomnia, warm water immersion improves sleep by focusing the user in a gravity-free, weightless space to focus on relaxation. Body temperature drops naturally when humans go to sleep, and as people leave the hot tub, they are mimicking that natural temperature drop so sleep comes easier and with less help from sleep aids. It can also be an alternative to prescriptions for people who require physical therapy because the warm water heats and loosens muscles while increasing range of motion.
The water is where the magic is, said Oregon Hot Tub Area Manager Francesca Hester.
"That's where your recovery and range of motion improve," she said. "You can move more in the water than you can on land because there are no restrictions, including age. The water gives that back to you."
In the water, people are escaping 90% of the earth's gravity. They are water positive in the water, buoyant with more flexibility, and the natural compression of the water is easier on joints and muscles than exercise on land. Users are able to work out longer and burn more calories without the aches and pains that often come with impact workouts on land. Plus, swim spas aren't limited to just swimming; people can also follow weight-lifting programs, perform aerobics, walk or stretch.