We all know the benefits of a holiday in a warm tropical paradise - unfortunately the good effects wear off all too quick, and a month later you are ready for another holiday. For about the same price as you would pay for 2 weeks in Hawaii you can have your own tropical paradise in your own home. Owning your portable spa pool you can take a warm dip every night and let the spa pool massage and relax away the strains of the day. Not only used for stress relief, more and more arthritis sufferers find their portable spa pools essential to their quality of life.
Three reasons...warmth, water movement (massage) and buoyancy. Sounds simple doesn't it?
Interestingly, even after years of study, doctors and physical therapists are only beginning to understand the ways a spa pool massage can influence the body and the mind.
The therapeutic effects of warm water treatment include lowering of blood pressure, fatigue relief, faster tissue repair and pain relief.
Research has shown that warm water hydrotherapy stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain killer. But pain reduction is only part of the healing process. Ultimately, blood flow is what brings nutrients to damaged cells and completes the healing. Spas help with that as well. When the body is immersed in warm water, blood vessels nearest the skin relax, allowing more blood to flow.
The results: fatigue relief, faster tissue repair and relief of pain. At the same time, blood pressure drops, reducing strain on the heart and other vital organs.
When joints are damaged, inflamed or painful, muscles become more tense in an effort to protect themselves. Hydrotherapy can help. The buoyancy of water puts less stress on the muscles because they support less weight, and by moving and exercising the affected joints, while in the water, the muscles become more limber and pain is often reduced, even after leaving the spa.
People who have a bad back, or are sore from heavy lifting, or suffer from bending over in the garden all day, can find instant relief by having their own relaxing portable spa pool in the house or back yard.
Lower back pain is the number two reason in New Zealand (after colds and flu) for a visit to the doctor - thousands of people suffer needlessly.
For many years Europeans have used spa therapy (soaking in hot baths of mineral water) as an alternative treatment for various chronic diseases. Yet, the effectiveness of such therapy for chronic lower back pain has not been well documented.
In 1995, a study published in the British Journal of Rheumatology offered evidence that spa tub therapy aids both short and long term benefits for people with lower back pain. A later study, published in the Journal of Rheumatology by a group of researchers in France, sought to confirm these results and quantify the overall benefits of spa therapy.
After three weeks of consistent spa therapy, examinations showed more improvement in the health status (as measured in pain duration and intensity and back flexibility) of the spa treatment group than in the medication only group. After six months, significant improvement continued in the spa therapy group. In addition, their use of analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs had decreased. The preceding research information was featured in the March-April 1996 issue of Arthritis Today, compiled and edited by Mary Anne Dunkin.
Everybody can relate to having had 'one of those days' when nothing seemed to go quite as planned, when you burnt the toast at breakfast, got caught in a traffic jam on the way to work, faced tough challenges at work, then got home at the end of a long day and the kids were yelling about what a tough day they have just had. Thousands of people throughout New Zealand have found that there is no better way to relax and unwind, than lifting the cover of their portable spa pool and stretching out in the warm massaging waters, having the spa massage jets ease away the pains and tension from a long day.
The underwater spa light found in all the portable spas sold by Pools & Spas Kapiti help create a truly calming and tranquil atmosphere, especially when using your spa pool in the evening.
Thousands of Kiwis suffer from some form of insomnia or sleep disorder. The biggest percentage of these cases are caused by anxiety, marital stress, job stress or depression. If you suffer from insomnia, having your own portable spa pool may help you relax, de-stress and unwind. The hot water raises your body temperature and slows your heart rate, thus helping to induce sleep.
When you exercise your muscles develop thousands of microscopic tears and lactic acid builds up in each muscle leading to fatigue and soreness. As the cells rebuild, each tear becomes slightly stronger than that part of the muscle had been prior to exercise.
When your muscles aren't used to exercising you can overdo it, or if a sudden motion puts unusual stress on a muscle, the microscopic tears are larger, the lactic acid build up is greater, and your muscles can feel uncomfortable or even painful. Resting for a couple of days can certainly help complete the healing process.
There is also another way to ease the pain and even accelerate the natural healing process; the warm massaging action of a well designed portable spa pool. The increased blood flow caused by relaxing in a spa carries lactic acid away from the muscles faster, easing fatigue. As tense muscles relax, pressure releases on the surrounding nerves and blood vessels aiding in pain relief.
Hydrotherapy treatment can help alleviate muscle pulls, strains, and many other athletic injuries. You don't have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of a warm therapeutic massage of a portable spa pool.