Here’s one more reason it’s a good thing you have a hot tub.
You see, the world is a very dangerous place full of interesting opportunities to injure ourselves. Even though we all know to be careful when lifting or moving heavy objects, it’s still totally unsurprising to realize you’ve pulled a muscle or even thrown your back out after doing so. Not to mention how accustomed to injury you are if you’re the “weekend warrior” type. Going all out on the weekend after a relatively sedentary week is a sure-fire recipe for a painful Monday (and Tuesday… and Wednesday…). For most of us, occasional but all too frequent muscle injuries are a way of life.
And let’s not forget about chronic injuries. As we get older the tweaks and pulls and sprains begin to add up. Maybe they never completely heal, and continue to bother us on rainy days.
Oh, and that relatively sedentary life most of us lead, even if it is only during the week?
Sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day is not what your body was built for. Although we know that office chairs are an enormous health problem, most of us are unable to do anything about it. Office work is one of the most common causes of chronic back pain in America. That is ironic, because back pain is also one of the leading causes of missed work.
The Healing Process
When we first injure ourselves, the body begins the healing process immediately. The first thing it does is to send more blood to the injured place in order to feed the damaged tissues and aid in healing. This causes swelling, which can actually cause more damage. While the injured area is swollen, you should apply cold to it in order to reduce the swelling. Ice packs are great for this and can be improvised, as they are in our house, with a bag of frozen peas. Wrap it in a hand-towel first, so it doesn’t get too cold and damage your skin.
Once the swelling has subsided, it is time to apply heat. Heat helps to increase blood flow again (hopefully without the swelling), relax muscles, and reduce pain. Hot water bottles and chemical heat packs can be used for this, but why hold a bag of hot water to your injury when you can put your whole injured self into a big tub of hot water?
Hot tubs have been used for thousands of years as a way of speeding recovery after minor muscle injuries. They have also been used at least that long to deal with chronically painful conditions like back pain.
Boosting Your Immune System
It seems like we are always hearing about a new herbal extract or super-food that is supposed to boost our immune systems. The difference between those miracle cures and a hot tub is that a hot tub can actually deliver on that promise.
Stress has been known to suppress immune system function for a very long time. Meanwhile, regular soaks in the hot tub are known to suppress stress. A soak leaves your immune system strong and ready to fight off the colds and sniffles that everyone else seems to pass around.
The world is a dangerous and disease ridden place. Don’t worry, though. You’ll be able to stay healthy and recover quickly because you have a hot tub!