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Health Benefits of Spas

May 9th, 2016

Everyday Aches and Pains

If you are like me, you are tired of always feeling achy and out of sorts at the end of a long work week. You’ve been stressed out, harassed, and every time you get out of your chair you’ve been stiff, your back sore, your knees aching. Or maybe you’ve been running around the office all week in heels and your back and feet are killing you.

What if you could keep the aches and pains away? What if, by dedicating just a few hours each week, you could work out those kinks and get rid of that tension headache? The answer is absurdly simple: a soak in a hot tub.

Now is the point I’m sure where you reach for your mouse to keep clicking, but hear me out. There are studied medical benefits to spending just 20 minutes every few days soaking luxuriously in your hot tub.

It soothes all the deep muscle aches and pains by delivering heat directly to the source of the pain. Your body’s circulatory system (among other things) acts as a temperature stabilizer, sending warm blood from your organs through the capillaries at the surface of your skin, i.e, the reason your skin flushes when you’re overheated. The heat escapes and the cooler blood is shunted back through your body. The hot tub’s ability to maintain a near constant temperature and water’s natural ability to transfer heat 25 times faster than air allows your body to retain the heat lost at the surface of your skin and circulate it back deep into your aching muscles and joints. You can’t get that with a heating pad!

In a study published in the British Journal of Rheumatology, participants suffering from chronic low back pain who soaked in a hot tub for just three weeks experienced shorter pain duration, greater flexibility, and decreased use of pain medication than the group that did not use the spa(1).

If you’re ready to get rid of the everyday aches and pains, check out the Backyard Store! They have everything you need from top of the line Island & South Sea Spas with dozens of customizable and interchangeable jets to tips and tricks on easy care and maintenance.

1. F. Guillemin, F. Constant, J. F. Collin, and M. Boulange. Short and long-term effect of spa therapy in chronic low back pain. Rheumatology (1994) 33 (2): 148-151. Accessed Feb. 11, 2016. <http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/33/2/148.abstract?sid=748d66dc-1854-4627-99ee-3820d0db83c2>