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5 Ways Soaking in a Hot Tub Benefits Athletes

Posted by Watson's on Jun 27, 2019 4:51:20 PM

An athlete soaking in a hot tub benefits in many ways

If you are an athlete, then performing at your peak is important to you.

You probably know about diet, fitness regimens, visualization techniques and more, but you may have never considered the benefits of hot tub use, also known as hydrotherapy.

Hydrotherapy is a natural way to find sore muscle relief and reduce stress.

Several studies published in professional, peer-reviewed medical-science journals have consistently identified that hot water immersion and hydromassage produce different effects on various systems of the body.

We’ll break down some key ways you may benefit from soaking in a spa before and/or after a workout:

Reduce Your Risk Of Injury

Soaking in a hot tub before a workout can help loosen up your muscles. This will make it easier for you to exercise and reduce your chances of suffering an injury.

Depending on your sport or activity, soaking in a hot tub before exercising can help improve performance. When muscles are loose and ready your agility and speed can increase.

Improve Range of Motion

Similarly, the pressure and force of the jet massage can help facilitate better range of motion.

A hot water soak can promote flexibility in muscles, allowing for better stretching, according to SportsMD. That means you can increase exercise effectiveness.

Relief of Stiffness and Sore Muscles

Most athletes experience soreness and stiffness the day after they exercise.

Warm water therapy helps your blood vessels dilate, or expand. This helps increase blood flow to the muscles and skin and can help prevent soreness and stiffness.

Easier to Fall Asleep

Insomnia is a problem that is fairly common in athletes who work out later in the day, or those who are simply prone to insomnia.

A medical study from the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center found that a dip before bed raises your body’s core temperature.

After you emerge, your temperature drops, sending your body a signal that it’s time to sleep.

Treating Injuries and Ailments

Soaking in a hot tub can also help ease the pain of an existing injury.

There was a study done in 1995, published in the British Journal of Rheumatology with people who suffered from chronic low back pain who were asked to soak in a hot tub every day.

The results of the study showed that the subjects experienced both short and long-term back pain relief.

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