Top 6 Health Benefits Of Hot Tub Therapy
There have been many studies that conclude that submersion in warm to hot water helps reduce the many hormones that are tied to stress. It can actually cause physiological changes that result in increased relaxation and a reduction of anxiety levels. If you want to clear your mind and decompress after a long day, take a soak in a hot tub and just let your mind wander off. You’ll be surprised at the cognitive boost it gives you. In fact, some focus groups have shown that owners of custom pools in Houston that include hot tubs, report fewer feelings of anxiety than people without regular access to their own hot tub.
Hot tub jets also play a vital role in the therapeutic benefits of hot tubs. When you sit in front of the water jets, the gentle massage that radiates into your back actually stimulates the muscles the nerve endings in your skin. This helps by improving circulation that in turn delivers more nutrients to your muscle tissue such as vital amino acids that repair microtears and stress points. Since water is naturally buoyant, the pressure is also taken off your muscles and you can reduce inflammation.
JOINT PAIN RELIEF
Speaking of buoyancy, it is the best kind of relief if you have joint trouble. Sure, custom pools in Houston are often used for rehabilitating arthritic joints, post ACL surgery patients and many more with joint pain—but hot tub therapy adds another element to that treatment with heat. A hot soak in a buoyant hot tub can break down lactic acid build up, muscle soreness and joint inflammation that causes so much pain. The result from this therapy often results in a more active lifestyle as well, so it indirectly can affect overall health as well.
If you struggle from chronic insomnia, a nightly soak before bed in your hot tub will leave you relaxed both mentally and physically; a key component in getting to sleep for a solid sleep session. This works because of the heat in the water that helps disperse stress-causing hormones and the air hitting your skin after getting out lowers your body’s inner thermostat—a signal to your brain that it’s time to clock out for the night.
IMPROVED HEART HEALTH
Some recent studies by various cardiovascular research firms have concluded that spending time in a hot tub actually raises your heart rate while lowering your blood pressure. That means that a good soak in a hot tub can actually improve your heart’s efficiency and build strength. That’s probably the easiest cardio one can do, right?
Recent studies have also shown that soaking in a hot tub can lower glucose levels in some diabetic individuals. In some cases, patients have even been able to lower their dependency on insulin by including regular hot tub therapy into their diabetes management plan.
Hot Tub Therapy Doesn’t Work If Your Hot Tub Doesn’t
Like any of the many custom pools in Houston, hot tubs are a major appliance and with appliances come sporadic issues that require immediate attention. As with any major appliance, hot tubs, if not properly maintained can turn a simple maintenance issue into a very costly repair.
However, if you follow a regular maintenance checklist, your hot tub should give you plenty of service for the long haul and run as efficiently as possible. Start by following our essential hot tub maintenance checklist and you’ll be good to go year-round.
5 Essential Tips For Good Hot Tub Maintenance
CHECK FOR LEAKS
When dealing with an appliance as complex as a hot tub, leaks can spring up anywhere from the pump to the light fixtures and more. Typically, the shell of a hot tub is never the culprit and almost always a mechanical component, so start by removing the cabinet panel to get a closer look. If you notice the leak started there, then it’s likely the plumbing of the unit. If it’s not there it’s most likely the light fixtures or a seal on one of the jets.
CHECK OUT STRANGE NOISES
If you hear an unusual noise coming from your hot tub, it could be an issue with your pump. Since the pump is such an important core component, you’ll want to look into that right away so you keep it in good condition. The internal part of the pump has bearings that can wear out and if you catch it early it is a simple and relatively inexpensive repair. However, if you let it go and let the bearings completely seize up—you could burn the pump up and that turns into an expensive pump replacement.
MAKE SURE POWER IS SUFFICIENT
Your hot tub needs to have the right amount of power to work properly. If you keep getting tripped breakers or wires that smell burnt—kill the power immediately and have a licensed pool technician or electrician inspect the power setup.
ANALYZE PH LEVELS
Just like with custom pools in Houston, hot tubs need to have healthy pH balanced water as well. Make sure you are regularly testing and treating the water for bacteria and proper pH levels. Low pH is acidic and can corrode metal components while high pH leads to scale and can harden rubber seals and plastic parts, effectively ruining them.
COVER AND CLEAN OFTEN
As you can see, taking care of a hot tub is just like caring for a pool. That being said, you want to keep your hot tub covered as often as possible to keep debris from getting in and clogging the components. It is also a good practice to clean and wipe down the hot tub as well as the filter cartridge regularly.
Need Help With Your Hot Tub? Call The Pros At Mitchell Custom Pools!
At Mitchell custom pools in Houston, we not only build the best pools but we also do custom installs of hot tubs to complement your pool or construct built-in hot tubs that are part of your custom pool. We can also service hot tubs on the same calls as pool service and have your entire backyard oasis running smooth year-round. Contact us today for a free consultation.