How to Choose the Perfect Therapeutic Hot Tub
Humans have been using hot baths from as early as 2000 BC, and hot tubs were first invented around 600 BC.
Everybody knows that hot tubs are an incredibly relaxing experience. But did you know that a therapeutic hot tub actually brings far more benefits than just a nice feeling?
From soothing aches and pains to helping you mentally unwind, here we explain the advantages of owning a therapeutic hot tub, and how to select the right tub for you.
How Big Do You Need Your Therapeutic Hot Tub To Be?
Hot tubs come in a number of different sizes, each providing a different number of seats for people to sit on.
The first step when shopping for a hot tub is to decide how big it should be. Are you expecting lots of guests who’ll want to get in the tub? Or will you enjoy it just as a couple, as a family, or just by yourself?
There are huge hot tubs on the market that can seat 10 people or more, but there are also much smaller models for four, or even just for one or two.
How Will That Affect the Price?
You won’t be surprised to learn that the bigger your hot tub is, generally speaking, the more expensive it will be. So your 10 people tub will probably cost $15,000 or more, while a 2-person tub might just run to a few thousand.
However, size isn’t the only thing that affects price. The type and quality of the materials used will also have a big impact on how much you end up spending, as will the number and type of jets installed in your therapeutic hot tub. Click below to see a good example of a quality 6 person hot tub at an affordable price:
Have You Thought About Color?
As a starting point, you might also like to pick what color your therapeutic hot tub will be. What color you pick can be influenced by its location.
Neutral colors tend to work inside, but if it’s permanently outside you might want to be more adventurous with your choice. Stained wooden exteriors look very classy, just as one example.
Do You Want it Inside or Outside?
This question is related to the question of size. You may find that you don’t have room indoors for a hot tub – unless you’re planning on extending your home.
Many people enjoy outdoor hot tubs, but it depends on where you live and your own preferences. If you’re somewhere warm, you’ll probably still use the tub during winter.
If you’re in a colder region, the tub still works while it’s snowing but you might not fancy venturing outside.
So while that might dictate your choice somewhat, you do have options. Remember that you should always cover up your hot tub when not in use, whether it’s indoor or outdoor.
But there’s a particular need if it’s outdoors. Cleaning leaves and branches from a hot tub isn’t how anyone wants to spend their time.
Inflate a Hot Tub to Cope With Stress
Stress is a part of our everyday lives, and we need healthy coping mechanisms to unwind. If we don’t cope well with stress, it can have knock-on effects on our relationships with other people, lead to emotional problems, and chronically affect our health and well-being.
Exercise is good to cope with stress, but if you’re already tired you probably don’t feel like going for a run. The hot tub is a great alternative.
A good night’s sleep is helpful when coping with constant stress. Taking a hot bath or enjoying 20 to 30 minutes in your therapeutic hot tub before bed will raise your core temperature very slightly. Your body temperature naturally drops towards 5 am, and the steeper drop is likely to put you into a deeper sleep.
Hopefully, you won’t always be this stressed, which may mean you don’t need to have the tub set up all the time. If that’s the case, an inflatable tub may be for you.
This type of tub is affordable, easy to deflate and store away during the colder months. Having said that, if you fancy a dip in the hot tub during winter, there’s no good reason not to – the water is warm whenever you need it to be.
Inflatable tubs are also great if you’re a renter rather than a homeowner, or if you’re a camping enthusiast take it out under the stars with your family and friends.
And to answer a very common question when inflatable tubs are proposed – yes, there are models which come with jets. And they’re every bit as good as a permanent tub.
Soothing Joints and Muscles
Heat helps to soothe aching joints and muscles. It stimulates sensory receptors, jamming the transmission of pain signals to the brain.
Heat packs are a common way of relieving injuries, so think of a warm therapeutic hot tub as one big heat pack, soaking your whole body. When warm, tissue elasticity increases, relaxing muscle tension.
Nerve endings are soothed, and blood flow is promoted to injured areas, which speeds up the healing process.
If you’ve injured your foot, for example, it can also help to support the injured tissue while applying heat, taking the strain off your injury. It also supports people with more chronic problems.
Owning a therapeutic hot tub is popular among athletes and sportspeople for these reasons. If you need something more permanent than an inflatable tub, either a plug and play or more permanent installation may be for you.
Plug and play hot tubs are designed to simply plug into any electric main in your home – and away you go.
A Smaller Therapeutic Hot Tub to Treat Mobility Issues
Water can help to support people with mobility issues, helping them to remain comfortable while seated and to exercise. This is why doctors often suggest swimming as an activity to those of us with problems of this nature.
Sufferers of arthritis may be delighted and amazed to hear that hydrotherapy is beneficial for their condition – regardless of how many of your joints are affected, according to research.
Water helps to take the strain off your joints and allows for an increased range of movement. But it also provides resistance against this movement at the same time – this can be very beneficial, as you can improve muscle strength whilst your joints are supported simultaneously.
If you have mobility issues, you might want a fairly small personal hot tub with jets to massage your limbs and trunk. While there are small inflatable tubs available, you may have trouble inflating these or moving them around.
So a small ‘plug and play‘ tub may be the ideal solution for you.
Some plug and play therapeutic hot tub are designed for just two adults – so it won’t take up that much space in your home. This is beneficial as it will leave room for you to navigate around it if you need to use other devices to walk, such as a walking frame.
You should your have your therapeutic hot tub installed in a way, if possible, that lets you step down into the tub – at floor level if possible, to allow for easy access.
Socialize in a Wood Fire Hot Tub
Inviting friends to enjoy your therapeutic hot tub with you is good for your health – it’s scientifically proven.
Firstly, a hot tub is the perfect place to gather with friends and relax. It’s a relaxing environment, which puts everybody at ease and promotes intimate conversation.
Humans are social by nature, and you can enjoy catching up with your partner or friends. Socializing can provide a range of both physical and mental health benefits by itself – including lowering the risk of dementia.
Wood fire hot tubs are a good conversation starter, simply because they’re gorgeous to look at. They’re also generally big enough for at least six people to get into and enjoy the effects.
A wooden therapeutic hot tub uses wood burning heaters to heat up the tub. The heaters draw cold water from the bottom of the tub, heat it in a separate chamber, then push the warmed water back out into the tub. The cycle repeats until the whole tub is toasty.
They’re not as difficult to maintain as you might think. However, you do need to drain and refill them more often than their acrylic counterparts.
What Jets Should I Pick?
There are a number of jets on the market, and you may find one or more types in each hot tub you encounter while browsing for your new therapeutic hot tub.
Small jets are great for massaging specific and focused spots like your feet, while large jets are good at relieving larger muscle groups – such as your back or the top of your legs.
The quality of the jets will affect your enjoyment of the tub, so choose carefully. You might consider a tub with spiral action jets.
These can enhance the massaging power of your tub’s water jets. Spiral action jets blow air bubbles out along with the water, to create a ‘spiraling’ effect which works out the knots in your muscles.
How Many Jets Should My Hot Tub Have?
To start with, the number of jets in each therapeutic hot tub varies greatly between each model. But it’s not as simple as saying it’s a case of “the more, the better.”
Someone who is just using the hot tub for stress relief might want lots of jets against their back for a relaxing massage effect. However, you need to know that turning on all the jets won’t result in a loss of pressure – which can result in a disappointing experience.
People prone to sports injuries, or those suffering from arthritis, might find that too many jets are difficult to cope with, or even cause pain.
Their position in the tub is important too. The way different people sit might mean that the jets in one tub are better configured than another – according to their own personal preference.
So it’s important that you pick a therapeutic hot tub with the right number of jets, in the best arrangement for you. Try a few out if possible and see which you feel is comfortable.
Keeping Your Hot Tub in Good Condition
Once you’ve bought your therapeutic hot tub, there are several regular tasks you’ll need to do to keep it working properly.
This is actually something you need to consider before purchase too – as filtration and purification systems vary in quality. Make sure your filter system is decent, and clean it out regularly.
You’ll also have to use chemicals in most hot tubs (wooden tubs being the main exception) to keep the water sanitized. The cost of these should be considered when you’re buying the tub – but they’re not that expensive.
For readers who are less mobile, there are many pool and spa services out there who will come to your home and service your unit for you.
The tasks include regular cleaning (inside and outside), and you’ll want to fully drain and replace the water every few months. Use a pre-filter system to make sure the water going into the hot tub is as clean as possible to start with.
Keep it covered when not in use so that it retains heat for its next use.
Other Things to Think About
When choosing your perfect hot tub, there are now many other things, including different optional features you might want to consider.
Warm water and jets are great as a starting point, but you might decide you want an MP3 audio system or built-in LED lighting. Some models even come with bonuses like miniature waterfalls!
Whatever you pick, make sure your therapeutic hot tub suits you. You’ll also want to pick a company who offers expert installation services, or at the very least, an easy-to-follow installation guide for you to follow yourself. Also, consider any manufacturer warranty.
When you’ve chosen and installed your therapeutic hot tub, fill it up and wait for it to warm. Then kick back, relax and turn on the jets. Pure bliss!
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