4 Health Conditions that a Swim Spa Can Help Treat
05 Apr, 2022
For centuries, people around the world have recognized the healing power of water to cleanse, relax, and soothe the body. Today, having a swim spa in your Sydney backyard is the perfect way to take advantage of water’s therapeutic qualities.
Swim spas offer a great range of health benefits, combining the power of water with heat and gentle massage to assist with issues like injury recovery. The motion and controlled environment of a swim spa make it a great option for hydrotherapy (the use of water for the relief of pain and tension). Better still, a swim spa at home means you can relax, stay active and address any aches and pains you’re having without leaving your home.
In this article, we’ve broken down four health conditions that a swim spa in your Sydney home could help you treat.
1. Swim spas can help to relieve symptoms of rheumatic conditions
Rheumatic diseases are autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that affect the connecting structures of the body, such as the joints, tendons, ligaments, and bones.
These conditions can leave the sufferers with chronic aches and pains, and even cause loss of function in the affected body parts. Some examples of rheumatic diseases include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Polymyalgia rheumatica
- Ankylosing spondylitis
Hydrothermal therapy (the therapeutic combination of water and heat) via swim spas can help manage these specific conditions.
The combination of water and heat creates an environment in which someone suffering from pain related to rheumatic conditions can exercise more comfortably:
- The warmth of a swim spa allows your muscles and joints to relax more easily, thereby alleviating some of the pain and making exercise easier.
- The swim spa’s water also help to support your weight, removing some of the pressure from your joints to further reduce pain and increase your range of movement.
- In addition, the water can provide resistance for light strength training, helping to build muscle and strengthen joints.
Swim spas also often include some seating with jets placed to provide a gentle massage to the back, arms and legs. Swim spa jet massage can help you to relax, reduce muscular pain and improve circulation through your joints.
2. Swim spas can improve the onset and quality of sleep
Insomnia is a health complication that is often overlooked. It makes it harder to get to sleep or stay asleep, which can greatly impact your mood and other parts of your life.
You might feel like insomnia is hard to avoid, with an increasing number of stressors in the world, caffeine hidden in all sorts of beverages, and a reliance on blue-light screens for work and play. Sleeping medication is used by some but often comes with side effects that reduce the quality of sleep.
In addition to managing risk factors for insomnia, you can help your body relax and achieve restful sleep with a swim spa. A soak in your swim spa before bed can help to alleviate bodily pain and tension, thereby making it easier to relax for sleep.
Raising your body temperature gently (within the safe temperature range for human bodies) can signal to your body that it’s time to sleep. A swim spa will raise your skin temperature – this likely diverts blood flow to your skin and helps to reduce core temperature. Mammals, including humans, typically experience a cooler core before and during sleep, so simulating this temperature shift using your swim spa can trick your body and brain into being sleep-ready.
Furthermore, a relaxing dip in your swim spa can be accompanied by aromatherapy using sleep-enhancing oils such as lavender and ylang ylang to promote restful sleep.
3. Swim spas can aid patients with cardiovascular conditions
Swimming and other water exercises are beneficial for people who would like to improve their cardiovascular health.
Through various water workouts, patients can improve their breathing, lower their blood pressure, and build a stronger heart. Swim spas in particular offer a convenient environment for patients since they can easily fit in some cardio exercises in the comfort of their own homes.
Swimming is a low impact aerobic exercise, with the water providing buoyancy to help you feel supported as you work out. By keeping your heart rate in the aerobic heart rate zone (also called the endurance zone – 70% to 80% of your maximum heart rate), you can burn calories, lose weight and more importantly, increase your stroke volume.
A higher stroke volume means more blood is pumped from your heart per beat, supporting your vital organs with less effort or strain from your heart.
4. Swim spas can assist with injury recovery and rehabilitation
Hydrotherapy is also becoming an increasingly popular treatment for people who want to speed up injury recovery from surgery, accidents, or other causes. From professional athletes to senior citizens, anyone can use the power of water for recovery and rehabilitation.
For one, water allows people to perform a variety of exercises that would otherwise be too painful when done on land. Much like with rheumatic conditions, the hydrothermal nature of a swim spa creates an ideal environment for building strength in injured or weakened muscles and joints.
The buoyancy granted by water enables easier low-impact exercise to remove undue stress on your body. Meanwhile, the natural resistance provided by water allows you to complete strength-building exercises comfortably. You can also use the jets in your swim spa to adjust the level of resistance as your recovery progresses.
Find and try swim spas in Sydney
More than just offering people a great place to unwind and relax, swim spas can truly enhance one’s health and well-being.
Invest in your long-term health today. If you want to learn more about how a swim spa could help improve your life, get in touch with our team at mySpa Sydney. We offer a great selection of swim spas equipped with all the features you’re looking for.
This article was originally published in February 2018. Last updated April 2022.