Hydrotherapy has been used for thousands of years.The Greeks and Romans treated an array of conditions with it. Putting together three of nature’s most powerful relieving agents: heat, water and air, it invigorates and gently massages the body while easing away aches and pains. It’s a natural therapy, safely used by hospitals, physiotherapists and health spas around the world. Consult with your physician to see if it can benefit you. There are several forms of hydrotherapy, and a hot tub at your home or cottage is one of the most popular forms.
Three basic factors comprise this aquatic therapy: heat, buoyancy, and massage:
– Immersion in hot water raises the body temperature and causes the blood vessels to dilate, resulting in increased circulation.
– The buoyancy of the water reduces body weight by approximately 85-90%, relieving pressure on joints and muscles, while creating the relaxing sensation of floating in space.
– The massaging action of a spa is created by sending a mixture of water and air through hot tub jet nozzles. This energized warm-water stream relaxes tight muscles and stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers.