Are you an athlete? Maybe you answered yes, maybe you answered no but if you are involved in sport and being good at that sport is something you are serious about, then you are indeed an athlete. Being an athlete is not a joke.
Not everyone can handle the rigorous training and discipline that is needed to stay on top of the game. Because athletes impose additional requirements to their bodies and demand more form them, then many of them suffer from neck and back pain, muscle pain and other sports injuries. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to all this – a nice, relaxing bath in a whirlpool or spa.
The use of hot water to soothe sore pain and treatment is called hydrotherapy and you can experience the benefits of hydrotherapy at home with your own whirlpool spa. This type of water therapy has been used for years and was popular among the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. Ancient civilizations of China and Japan have also recognized the healing powers of water. Consequently, a renewed interest in alternative treatments and the popularity of spas, hydrotherapy has many followers today, including professional and “weekend” athletes.
Soaking in a spa offers many advantages – the reason why many athletes love whirlpools are the invigorating jets. These jets of hot water dilate blood vessels, improving circulation and lowering blood pressure. The increased blood flow soothes tired, aching muscles and repair areas that either are or that feel hurt. As your body temperature rises, you sweat, which removes toxins from your system and it cleans your skin.
Hitting the spa for some athletes is a must to improve the range of stretching, flexibility and movement before and after sport or a show. It also relaxes the muscles and loosens the skin which reduces the likelihood of injury. After an exercise routine, remember to enjoy a spa treatment to help calm the body down and reduce the possibility of following stiffness and pain.
From soaking in a hot bath stimulates the year, researchers have found that it can help people lose weight. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that people who soaked in a hot tub for 20 minutes a day, six days a week for three weeks, could lose about 4 pounds. This is definitely a relaxing way to get rid of that ugly fat.
Soaking in a hot tub can also relieve back pain as reported by the Journal of Rheumatology. The researchers found reductions in duration of pain, improved flexibility and less dependence on drugs against pain in those who received as little as three weeks of consistent spa.
Obviously, there is much to gain from hydrotherapy – why spa use among athletes has increased considerably.