While many look at hot tubs as a place to socialize with their friends and family, there are also innumerable health benefits that have been proven from incorporating a daily soak into your routine. Hydrotherapy has been shown to lower blood pressure, help cure the common cold, improve the condition of your skin, and help arthritis sufferers, among other health benefits.
But can a hot tub really help relieve a headache?
Let’s start with tension headaches.
Tension headaches are caused by muscle contractions in the head and neck regions. Even the slightest pain can result in chronic headaches that can prevent you from successfully getting the most out of your day. Jumping in a hot tub with powerful water jets stimulating the muscles in the back and neck, allows for muscle relaxation and helps effectively eliminate the problem at the source.
What about migraines?
There’s nothing worse than trying to get through your normal day-to-day with a unrelenting migraine. Some of the common causes for these more serious headaches include stress and not getting enough sleep and fluids. Keeping your fluid intake up is vital, as experts will tell you that the amount of water in your system is essential for combatting and avoiding migraines. For sleep and stress relief, a hot tub soak raises your body temperature and helps and increase blood flow, helping you sleep deeper and for longer periods. Soaking in warm water is also a natural release for endorphins in our body, which interact directly with the receptors in our brain and create a heightened sense of euphoria. This helps our body overcome perceptions of pain and stress, and has been shown to help reduce the adverse effects of migraines on sufferers.
So next time you can’t think because of headache pain, make sure you are keeping up your fluid intake, and give hydrotherapy a try as a natural, effective remedy!