Hydrotherapy and Hot Tubs: Basics and Types

A variety of people may have a need to reduce their aches, pains and other discomfort, and one method that’s becoming more and more popular for doing this is known as hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy involves the use of warm water immersion to soothe muscles, joints and other possible pain areas, and the use of hot tubs and spas for hydrotherapy is one of the most common formats. 

At Packman’s Pools, we’re here to offer a wide range of custom-built Gunite spas, fiberglass hot tubs and related products for varying client needs around Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah. Hydrotherapy is an increasingly common desire among our hot tub clients – what exactly is hydrotherapy, why are hot tubs often an ideal method for utilizing it, and which groups of people tend to benefit most from it? This two-part blog series will look into everything you need to know.

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Hydrotherapy Basics

As we alluded to above, hydrotherapy is the use of heated water and various other techniques to provide relief from pain or discomfort. This can include joint stiffness, arthritis, muscle soreness and much more.

Hydrotherapy offers more than just pain relief, as well. It’s often used for stress relief and relaxation, as well as increasing circulation throughout the body. It can also help with muscle toning, flexibility, balance and coordination.

Types of Hydrotherapy

While this is far from a comprehensive list, here are some examples of the techniques or methods utilized within hydrotherapy:

  • Contrast hydrotherapy: For some people, alternating between hot and cooler water can help with healing and circulation. This is known as contrast hydrotherapy.
  • Watsu: A combination of the words “water” and “shiatsu,” this refers to a massage from jets of water that are designed to provide a soothing, relaxing sensation.
  • Aromatherapy: A number of different scents and oils can be added to hot tubs or pools to add an extra layer of relaxation.
  • Mineral baths: Some hot tubs are built with additional minerals such as magnesium or Epsom salt, which can help provide a benefit from the water immersion.

Why Hot Tubs Are Ideal for Hydrotherapy

As you may have already surmised while reading to this point, hot tubs are ideal for hydrotherapy because of the combination of hot water and jets. Hot tubs also offer a private, comfortable environment that is perfect for relaxation and stress relief. They allow for individuals to be immersed in a pain-relieving environment, typically without the need for assistance.

In the next part of our blog series, we’ll look into the types of people who benefit most from hydrotherapy – stay tuned! At Packman’s Pools, we have a range of hot tubs to choose from depending on your budget and needs – contact us now if you’re interested in learning more about hydrotherapy and how a custom-built hot tub can help you.