This most fundamental form of effective hydrotherapy is often overlooked, and its therapeutic importance is frequently underestimated.
The buoyancy created by water relieves some of gravity’s stress on your body, while the water’s heat fosters immeasurable respite. The hydrotherapy of a soaking tub is a natural and organic form of pain relief that works its magic in two major ways. First, the experience provides the bather with the feeling of weightlessness and drastically relieves the body of the effects of gravity. The buoyancy of water reduces body weight by 90%, lessening strain on aching joints, muscles and bones. According to the Arthritis Foundation, “Hydrotherapy is one method of using water to help treat arthritis. The soothing warmth and buoyancy of the water makes it a safe, idyllic atmosphere for relieving arthritis pain.”
Secondly, the water serves as a medium for heat therapy. Soaking in warm water calms the body and slows inner organs. Heat dilates blood vessels and increases circulation in the body, consequently allowing enzymes and endorphins (the body’s natural pain relievers) to work more promptly and effectively. Heat also stimulates sweating and increases the elimination of toxins.
A study by the Mayo Clinic found that a hot bath provides many of the health benefits of exercise with less strain on the heart. Soaking in a hot bath increases the heart rate while lowering one’s blood pressure rather than raising it like by exercise.
Soaking in a hot tub is one of life’s simple pleasures. It is a great way to relax while helping your body detox as it raises your core temperature, dilates your blood vessels, aids blood circulation, lowers blood pressure and draws contaminants out through your pores, along with many other wonderful benefits.