A hot tub is a form of hydrotherapy used for recreational or physical therapy. It is a large tub filled with hot aerated water that often comes with various types of jets.
Hot tubs vary in shapes and sizes, most of which are only suitable for outdoor use.
Health benefits of hot tubs
There are a number of ways in which a hot tub can have a positive effect on your health.
- Soaking in a hot tub before sleeping can help insomnia sufferers to experience a deeper sleep. The hot tub will help to reset your body’s thermostat, allowing your body to fall into a natural sleep
- Hot tubs are great for relieving stress as they can increase your body’s natural endorphins. They are also great for helping headaches, muscle tension and fatigue
- Back pain is very common and can be eased using hot tub therapy. Hot tubs are particularly effective for lower back pain and often produce better results than anti-inflammatory medication
- Regular sessions in a hot tub can act as a form of pain relief for arthritis sufferers. It is a safe and effective way of minimising the discomfort that arthritis can cause
Choosing a hot tub
- Permanent - Not only are permanent hot tubs the most effective, but they are also more efficient and more durable than portable tubs. A permanent hot tub will need a filter system, chemicals and a heater to function
- Portable - A portable hot tub is self contained and is available in a variety of sizes. They also tend to be more aesthetically pleasing compared to permanent hot tubs