What do all fitness buffs, people who love the great outdoors, and athletes have something in common? All these people agree that athletic recovery and injury prevention are as important as any good diet and conditioning can be. This is true most especially if you seriously want to keep the good quality of your life in the long term.
Water therapy, otherwise known in the health and wellness industry as hydrotherapy, remains to this day as one of the most practical, most accessible, and highly effective treatment methods.
It melds together the effects of hydrostatic pressure, hydromassage, and hydro-heat bringing to the surface an assortment of performance and long-term health benefits. This way you can remain in good shape and always perform at your very best.
What are the Benefits of Passive Heating?
The recommended temperature range for a pool spa with Australian spa parts while doing your water-exercise routine should be anywhere between 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (27-29C). This temperature range will help in keeping the outset of hyperthermia at bay.
But for passive soaking purposes, the typical range should be anywhere between 95 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or 35-40C. This will cause the skin temperature to rise fast and quickly, inducing in the process dilation in the superficial blood vessels. It will also increase the volume of blood going to the underlying fascia and dermis.
As the core temperature inside the body rises, parallel to this the heart rate will also increase. This will replicate the impact of a mild workout routine on the body. With regard to the cardiovascular load, it is alleviated since the heart can now effectively pump more blood.
Under such a scenario, your body will be enjoying a lower blood pressure and a more relaxed state of mind. Besides, it also lays the foundation for improved muscle performance.
It is also believed that heated-water immersion activates heat shock proteins or HSPs. These are polypeptide molecules that keep cells protected against cold, heat, low blood sugar, and an array of other stressors. In addition to all that, they also help in keeping cells become more tolerant to stress.
What are the Benefits of Hydrostatic Pressure?
When you submerge a human body in water, the weight of the surrounding water tends to press against it. This is comparable to how it will feel if you will wear a full-body compression suit. The hydrostatic pressure will be equally applied to the entire body.
This hydrostatic pressure will help in preventing your blood from pooling in the extremities which diminishes edema and pain. In the end, you will be enjoying an increased range of motion.
Hydrostatic pressure is also significantly helpful in giving the thorax the gentle compression that it needs. According to a relevant study in 2005 concerning senior adults, “increased inspiratory muscle’s endurance capacity accounts for elevated fitness level.” In other words, when you build these muscle’s level of endurance, you are directly enhancing the overall functioning of the lungs.
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What are the Benefits of Hydromassage?
There is nothing complicated with hydromassage, it is simply a water-powered massage treatment. Many aspects of it are comparable to conventional massage treatments. But unlike traditional massage treatments, it benefits from passive heating’s therapeutic influence and hydrostatic pressure.
The majority of pool spas with Australian spa parts that can be seen in the market today come with a robust system of hoses and pumps. They help in directing heated water towards the direction of the hydromassage seats. These seats would be targeting the shoulders, neck, hips, lumbar, and then the legs and feet.
As for the custom-designed jets, they help propel and focus the water, introducing air in the process. Hence, eventually, help in creating a much-needed percussive effect. Some pool spa models we have nowadays provide water jet systems that come with orbital rotation features. By this measure, the kneading effect can be achieved.
When you combine motion and pressure, blood circulation is improved and faster. As for its effect on the lymph nodes, they evacuate toxins in a much quicker fashion, delivering vital nutrients as well as other important healing factors to tissues.
Many of us consider hydrotherapy as one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent injury and athletic recovery.
From elevated cardiovascular health to enhanced blood pressure and circulation benefits to increased range of motion and reduced pain, taking advantage of hydrotherapy is, needless to say, a no-brainer for adults living an active lifestyle and athletes, too.