Are Hot Tubs Good When You’re Sick?

By April 11, 2017Hot Tubs
Relaxing in hot tub

Most people suffer from aches, pains, and common colds two or three times a year and are always looking for ways to relieve their symptoms. Well, an ideal solution to make you feel a bit better is to take a soak in a hot tub for about 20 minutes at a time, just be sure you keep hydrated. Warm water and powerful jets have a wonderful soothing effect on most people and can help relieve symptoms of a cold or flu as well as ease your aching joints and muscles. Remember, people have being using hot-water therapies for centuries now.

One of the best ways to clear blocked nasal passages is by breathing in hot vapours from steaming water. Instead of holding your face over top of a dish of hot water with a towel you can get the same effect by relaxing in a hot tub. Just sit back and take it easy as the vapours from the steaming water help clear and soothe your throat and nose from congestion, making it easier to breathe again. The warm water will be massaging your stiff and aching muscles at the same time to deliver them a natural relief from the pain.

In most hot tubs, like a Coast Spa, you’ll be able to adjust the hydrotherapy jets to make sure the parts of your body that need it the most will be benefitting from the hot, massaging water stream. This will help to increase your circulation, dilate blood vessels, and relax the muscles due to raising your body temperature. Taking a soak in a hot tub usually relaxes your body and makes it easier to sleep and we all know that an uninterrupted and quality sleep is needed when trying to fight off illness.

Stress can also lead to illness and make it harder to fight off and another benefit of a hot tub is to help relieve any stress you may have. Soaking in a tub has been found to help both your body and mind at the same time. Hot-water massages help the body to release mood elevators and natural painkillers known as endorphins and this helps to naturally reduce your stress hormones. When you’re body is relaxed with less anxiety studies have found that your body’s immunity system is more effective.

Many cold and flu sufferers like to soak in their hot tub for 20-minute intervals every few hours. Just make sure the water is clean and properly balanced and that you stay hydrated while in the tub as you’ll likely be sweating. The heat of the water may make your nose run so be sure to have a handkerchief on hand and gently blow your nose when needed. Most medical professionals believe that natural remedies such as hot water are preferable to medications such as syrups, nasal sprays and pills etc. However, if your symptoms aren’t getting any better or get worse, be sure to visit your doctor.

For more information on the health benefits of hot tubs and hydrotherapy please feel free to contact one of our hot tub professionals at Hot Tubs Ontario.