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Hot Tubs The effect of Jacuzzi® Hydromassage on my body has been a revelation, allowing me to perform and train harder Helen Jenkins - World Triathlon Champion - July 2012 •

Hydrotherapy is one of the oldest health treatments. It involves the use of water for soothing pains and treating diseases.

The use of hot tubs is a traditional method for the treatment of disease and injury in many cultures, including those of ancient Greece, Rome, China, Japan and Native America. Hot tubs are routinely used by the medical professions today to treat rheumatic diseases, musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or spinal cord injuries and to help patients suffering spasticity, stroke and paralysis.

Hot tubs are also now commonly used to treat orthopaedic and neurological conditions in dogs and horses.

In a quality hot tub a variety of hydrotherapy stations target different areas of your body and regular use can help your body recover from whatever physical exercise you put it through.

BUT, it is not advisable for pregnant women or people with medical conditions, that may be aggravated by very hot water, to use a hot tub without taking medical advice.

What happens to your body in the hot tub? For a start, you instantly lose 90% of your body weight, reducing the load on your heart by 10-20%. And, because the temperature is sustained at around 38C, the feeling of well-being that you experience is accompanied by changes in your circulatory system that have a beneficial effect on many aspects of your body. When this is combined with the therapeutic effect of the spa's massage jets, which further relax the muscles, and promote healing, the result is sheer bliss! The body's first reaction to being immersed in hot water is to try to get back to its normal temperature by working the heart harder to pump the blood to the surface where it hopes to be cooled. This causes a temporary increase in blood pressure. Of course, because the water is hot the blood is warmed not cooled. The result is that the core body temperature rises and, after a short while, the warm blood causes the blood vessels to dilate which lessens the resistance to blood flow and reduces blood pressure. The body begins to perspire, expelling toxins and the muscles relax, relieving aches and pains.

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The use of hot tubs is a traditional method for the treatment of disease and injury in many cultures and hot tubs are now routinely used by...