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Can You Put Epsom Salt in a Hot Tub?


Can you put epsom salt in a hot tub?

Hot tubs and Epsom salts are synonymous with relaxation and pain relief for sore joints and muscles. Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine the two? Of course! In fact, many people use pure Epsom salts in their bathtubs at home. But can you put Epsom salt in a hot tub? In most cases, the answer is NO. Here’s why.

Chemical Reactions

Pure Epsom salts are an alkaline compound also known as Magnesium Sulphate. The mildly acidic properties of Epsom salts can very quickly disrupt the total alkalinity and pH balance of the water in your hot tub. Unbalanced water can launch a cascade of other problems, including reduced sanitizer performance and corrosion of your hot tub equipment (metal parts, plastic pieces, seals, gaskets, etc.).

Total Dissolved Solids

When using a regular bathtub, the standard recommendation  is to add 2 cups of Epsom salts to feel the full therapeutic effects. Now, let’s think about that for a minute. The average bathtub holds about 80 gallons of water. On the other hand, the average hot tub holds about 400-500 gallons. To reach the same concentration level in your hot tub would require 10-12 cups of pure Epsom salts. That’s a lot of solids being added to the water! A bathtub can be drained quickly and easily, and the water is only used once. Unfortunately, a hot tub can’t be drained as often or as easily, which leads us to our next point.

To avoid scale buildup on spa surfaces and equipment, many spa manufacturers recommend draining and refilling a hot tub when the level of total dissolved solids (TDS) reaches 1500 ppm or higher. Failure to do so can potentially void the warranty. High TDS levels can also cause problems with cloudy water. Using our previous comparison, adding 10-12 cups of Epsom salt to your hot tub will quickly raise the TDS reading far past the 1500 ppm maximum threshold. Spa heaters usually sustain the most damage from scale buildup, but water lines, jets, pool pumps and tub surfaces can also accumulate scale if proper water balance is not maintained.


Rather than pour pounds and pounds of pure Epsom salts into your spa, risking long-term damage to the tub, plumbing and equipment, why not try a safe yet effective alternative instead?

spazazz aromatherapy productsHot tub aromatherapy products offer many of the same benefits as Epsom salts. In fact, most aromatherapy crystals use Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom salt) as the primary ingredient. The key difference is that spa aromatherapy crystals have been specially formulated for use in spas and hot tubs. Smaller quantities are needed to achieve the same effects, and they don’t negatively alter the water chemistry or cause problems with spa equipment. Most spa crystals are also formulated with vitamins, minerals, moisturizing nutrients and natural herbs and botanicals. And of course, there’s the unique aromatherapy experience that can elicit any desired benefit or mental state. De-stress, detoxify, rejuvenate, reduce pain and inflammation, breathe easier, boost energy levels or promote a better night’s sleep – anything is possible with aromatherapy.

There are also alternatives to aromatherapy crystals that promote the same therapeutic benefits. Spa elixirs help you to relax while also softening the water and moisturizing your skin. Revolutionary new spa bombs offer the same benefits as the increasingly popular bath bombs. However, unlike standard bath bombs, spa bombs won’t damage your hot tub equipment, alter the water chemistry or clog up your filter.


In most cases, you should never add pure Epsom salts to your hot tub. Despite this warning, if you still want to try, just be sure to drain and thoroughly clean the hot tub immediately after you’re done soaking to avoid long-term damages to your spa. You can achieve the same therapeutic effects by using spa aromatherapy products, which are specifically formulated for use in spas and hot tubs. These products won’t upset fragile water balance, harm the equipment or cause scale buildup on tub surfaces. Hot Tub Works carries dozens of aromatherapy products from top brands like Cover Valet, PharmaSpa, Spazazz and Zodiac. 

Can a Hot Tub Be Tax Deductible?


hot tub medical deduction Thinking of purchasing a new hot tub this year? If so, you may be able to deduct a portion (or in some cases, the total amount) of the expenses from your tax returns by claiming it as a medical expense.

Medical expenses are defined by the Internal Revenue Service as “the costs of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and for the purpose of affecting any part or function of the body. These expenses include payments for legal medical services rendered by physicians, surgeons, dentists, and other medical practitioners. They include the costs of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices needed for these purposes.”

According to Publication 502 from the IRS, some medical expenses can be deducted when filing an income tax return. In its opinion letter Index No.: 213.05-00, “Section 213(a) allows as a [tax] deduction the expenses paid during the taxable year for medical care of the taxpayer, spouse, or dependent.” If a medical professional has diagnosed a medical condition that can be cured or relieved with hydrotherapy or swimming, a consumer may be able to claim a medical deduction for their hot tub and hot tub supplies.

The general health benefits of hot tubs are not enough for it to qualify as a medical expense; you must get a prescription or written treatment recommendation from your physician. Conditions that may qualify for a prescription include arthritis, chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic depression, restless leg syndrome, as well as other diseases or injuries. Because a hot tub is of a particularly personal nature, the consumer must establish that it is primarily for the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease before the cost can be deducted. Bear in mind that if people other than the one prescribed will be using the hot tub, or if it will be used for enjoyment purposes in addition to the prescribed treatment/therapy purposes, you won’t be able to deduct 100% of its cost. The value of your deduction will also depend on your tax bracket. Keep good records and discuss with your tax professional to make sure you can provide adequate proof of your medical needs to the IRS.

Capital improvement expenses can also be deducted for the installation of special equipment in the home. The purpose of its installation should be for medical care of either yourself, your spouse or any of the dependents living in that home. If it’s a permanent improvement that increases the value of your home, the increase in value would be directly reflected in a decrease of your medical expense deduction. If the improvements have no effect on property value, the entire cost of installation can be considered as a medical expense. Consumers may need to have property appraised to determine if the value has or has not increased.

In summary, it you want to write off a new spa or hot tub, including covers, chemicals, equipment and other supplies, you must have a doctor’s prescription for it. If you feel that you could benefit physically or mentally from warm water therapy, we encourage you to discuss the benefits of a hot tub or swim-spa with a qualified medical care professional and see if you’re a candidate for prescribed spa therapy. Before you run out and buy a new spa, you should first check with a tax professional in your area to make sure your hot tub, related supplies and other expenses can be included as a medical expense write-off on your federal or state tax returns.

Spas and Hot Tubs for Weight Loss


weight-loss in hot tubs?Use your hot tub to lose weight? There’s been a lot of chatter and controversy surrounding the idea. A lot of hot tub blogs point to a study from 1999, published by the New England Journal of Medicine which showed that Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus patients slept more peacefully, required less insulin injections and lost weight, when they used a hot tub daily.

Was the hot tub a participant in the weight loss? You betcha, but correlation is not causality. Hot water soaking will relax muscles, increase circulation and respiration, and through perspiration, you can lose water weight, unless you are sipping water while in the tub.

Some say that the more restful sleep is the reason that the participants in this hot tub study showed weight loss, while others will discount the weight loss as merely water weight loss. And though I’m not aware of the significance, the reduced need for insulin is also an interesting

We have to mention the popular book the “Hot Tub Diet“, by Bridget Praytor. The book was written after the author suffered an automobile accident, and she was unable to maintain any exercise regimens, all she could do is climb into her spa for relief. But the real story is that she learned to reevaluate her physical perception and change her diet, while using her hot tub – a lot.

I think that everyone would agree that the secret to weight loss is exercise and good nutrition. Spas and hot tubs can certainly aid in recovery time after you exercise, whether you bike, run, swim or do exercise routines. And in that regard, combined with more restful sleep, allows your exercise to have a greater effect.

However, if you did water exercises in the spa, or hot tub yoga – you will expend calories while you stretch and extend into some yoga poses or pilates moves – you know, modern calisthenics.standing-asanas in the hot tub

So, Can you Lose Weight in a Hot Tub?

Your hot tub can be a factor in helping you to lose weight by improving sleep, exercise recovery, blood flow, breathing and perspiration. But sitting in your spa, and melting away the pounds? No.

However, if you use your spa for even mild stretching, you can easily shed 100 calories during a 20 minute hot tub session.


Carolyn Mosby
Hot Tub Works


Spas and Hot Tubs for Fibromyalgia Relief


image credit to causes of Fibromyalgia are not well understood, but the symptoms are documented in over 5 million Americans, according to the CDC. Stiffness, tingling, numbness, pain – in areas of the body not affected by disease or disorder. It occurs in over 3% of women, and less than 1% in men, and is described as general and persistent pain in various parts of the body.

A study at the University of Maryland found that many of their subjects found some relief in warm water therapy, such as that found in a bubbling hot tub or spa.

And I myself, as I have aged, have found myself victim to aches and pains in my joints, but also sometimes in odd areas, like my heels or mid-thigh. It sometimes starts just as a low numbness, but can tighten itself up into a pinching sharp pain.

Hot water and gentle movements restores blood flow to an area under blood constriction. Blood flow brings oxygen, and by just soaking, breathing and stretching, I can feel the pain slowly give up. A few times a month, my spa sessions are just like that – more therapy than anything else. I always find relief in my tub, and usually for the rest of the night, so I can sleep peacefully, without restless legs, or just feeling achy all over. That’s what it’s like sometimes.

It helps me to imagine that while I am taking deep, slow breaths in the hot tub, that I am directing the breath to the sore areas; that I am actually breathing the air all the way down to the painful area, whether it’s near my nose – in my neck, or down in my feet.

Rheumatologists have different ways of responding to fibromyalgia, and may include treatment in the following

  • Pharmaceuticals for pain management
  • Physical therapy and movement therapy
  • Massage or Hydrotherapy
  • Nutritional and Sleep analysis
  • Acupuncture or Network chiropractic

Some doctors have noticed differences in brain chemical activity during fibromyalgia episodes of pain. The perception of pain in different areas of the body is not felt until the brain responsible for pain acknowledgment in that area is signaled by neurotransmitters. Low serotonin levels in the same area have also been noted.

Many nutritional and herbal therapies are now being tested for efficacy in treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, but there is no cure as of yet. Until they figure it out, I know one place that I can find relief – in my hot tub! Leave a comment if you also find that hot water helps!


Carolyn Mosby
Hot Tub Works



Spa Yoga Workout – Hot Tub Yoga




Namaste! Welcome to my Yoga Ashram, I’m Gina, your yoga instructor. I’m qualified, I suppose, since I started my own Hot Tub Yoga program 8 weeks ago, in preparation for this blog post!

I have always been a fan of Bikram yoga, a very physical type of yoga, practiced in rooms near 100 degrees – so it was a natural transition for me to try yoga in hot water.

Yoga in a spa or hot tub is, to be honest – a bit easier than yoga on land. The buoyancy of the water, and the water’s resistance, definitely make it easier to hold the poses!

When I began my personal Hot Tub Yoga Studio, I started out by doing the poses that I was most familiar with What evolved was my own brand of Sivananda Yoga – (a series of linked asanas and pranayamas), or sets of poses and breathing exercises.

My spa isn’t big enough to do some fully stretched out poses, and of course, seated poses and many inverted positions are difficult to do underwater. So, after much trial and error, here are some tried and true yoga sequences that can be done in your hot tub.


My yoga warm-up is more of a relaxation exercise, to prepare the body and mind for the sequences to follow. I sit cross-legged on the lounge seat of the spa, very straight and tall, in the Lotus position. Hands facing up, I begin rhythmic breathing, deep into my belly first. As the breathing becomes deeper, I fill my mid-chest and eventually my upper chest during each breath. Exhaling slowly and fully, this is known as the full Yogi breath. 8-10 full, slow breaths and I open my eyes and unfold my legs.

Hot Tub Yoga Warm-Up

Next – with the bathtub mat I bought placed on the spa floor, I kneel on the floor of my spa, in the Vajrasana or Rock pose. The water level forces me to sit nice and straight, with my toes bent under and my rump resting on my heels. After a few relaxing breaths, I push my hands up straight while inhaling, up toward the sky. Leaning and reaching back to full extension, I exhale as I bring my hands back into the prayer-like Namaste pose.

Spa Yoga Routines



Breath: Standing up in the center of the spa, I begin a series of repeated movements. The first set is part of a Sun Salutation, and is similar to the kneeling warm-up routine. As I stretch toward the sky, it’s helpful to imagine a rope around my wrists, pulling me up straight and tall. Repeating the set 5 times, very slowly and precisely, focusing on my breathing. Inhale as I open up tall, exhale as my head goes under water.


Balance: Up until now, at the half point of my yoga workout, it’s been relaxing, with a focus on the breath, and clearing my mind with the clutter of the day. Now I turn to my balance routine. You can mix it up with different poses that seem to work best for you.

Yoga, for me, has a goal of perfection – unattainable perfection perhaps, but nonetheless, and as I hold a pose, I try to be perfectly straight and balanced – with a clear mind, breathing deeply, in and out of each position.




Brawn: Time to kick it up a notch. Now that I am fully limber, and beginning to break a sweat, it’s time for some strength conditioning. The next set of poses that I link together use muscles that I hadn’t used in years – but after a few weeks, they stopped complaining after workouts. Some of these strength yoga poses involve the benches in the hot tub, as support.

These poses during the “Brawn” phase of the workout, are held for a longer time than the previous sets. Once you gain balance, focus the breath, and hold the pose for as long as you comfortably can.

I’ve added some Pilates moves to my hot tub workout. One new favorite is using a Pilates ball, and with straight arms and locked elbows, push the ball partially under water for 3 or 4 breaths. After several rounds, I move the ball to my toes and hold it under water with feet (harder than it sounds!) while floating on my back (planking!), supported by my hands on the spa bench. Breathe.


Hot tub yoga – this has been a fun experiment. I have to say – after 2 months of doing spa yoga, my hot tub and I have reconnected, and I am toned in areas that just aren’t touched with other forms of exercise. As an added benefit, the meditative breathing really takes the stress off, and gives me such an energy boost.

I hope you’ll try hot tub yoga soon – if you have, and have some tips to share, please comment below!


Gina Galvin
Hot Tub Works


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Health Benefits of Hot Tubs and Spas



Hot Tubs and Spas are great for relaxing and also fun for family or social get togethers – but did you also know about the many great health benefits of hot water therapy?

Sure you did – it’s been known for thousands of years. 100 years ago, Mineral Hot Springs were prescribed to all manner of illnesses – maybe a bit too liberally!

Modern medicine has recognized the long list of curative and restorative powers that soaking in hot water can provide. Here’s a quick list of hot tub benefits.


Lower Blood Pressure

Soaking in a hot tub improves circulation of blood to all parts of the body. Blood vessels respond to the warm water by relaxing and dilating. As the circulatory pathways get larger, the Blood Pressure reduces. This allows for faster flow of oxygenated blood cells to the smallest capillaries in the farthest reaches of your body.

Reduced Mental Stress

Soaking in hot water reduces mental stress. Why? Soaking in a hot tub releases Endorphins, which feels good, so you focus on the stimulating sensations on your skin as you feel your muscles relax. Secondly, when the jet blower is on and the water is very turbulent, this creates a white noise that crowds out external sounds. Third, if your life is as busy as mine, it may be one of the few times per day where you can enjoy solitude!

Some spa owners combine Meditation, Breathing Exercises or Yoga to their hot tub soaks, which can provide even greater levels of stress relief.

Increased Metabolism


Burn calories as you soak in the tub. That’s my kind of diet – and it worked for Bridget Praytor, author of the Hot Tub Diet. The warm water stimulates endocrines in the intestines, which speeds up digestion. As the body temperature warms up in a spa, the natural response of the body is to make efforts to cool itself through perspiration and sending blood to the skin’s surface. Actual calories burned during a hot tub session is not that great, but the effects on the digestion and blood flow stay with you – for hours after your time in the spa.

Clearer Skin

The moisture and humidity of a hot tub, in addition to the temperature, really opens up your pores, and allows clogging dirt and oils to release. Dermatitis, Psoriasis or Fungal Infections can all be helped with hot water soaking. Add some of our Spa Salts  to the water to condition the skin and add some of the benefits of soaking in plant extracts and essential minerals.

Deeper Sleep

And faster sleep. Studies show that people who soak in hot water in the evening do tend to fall asleep faster, and report feeling more rested than those who went to bed without a hot water soak. The sense of well being, and stimulation of your central nervous system is likely the cause of easier and more restful sleep. I like to joke that my spa releases Tryptophan – the chemical in turkey that makes you sleepy!

Muscle and Joint Pain Relief

The buoyancy found in a hot tub creates an environment where the muscles and joints can finally relax, without having to support the body. Heat releases the tension of tendons and muscles, allowing them to expand, and release inflammation. People with Arthritis, Tendonitis, and Fibromyalgia have found wonderful relief from their hot tubs. Back Pain, Knee Pain, Hand Pain – it soothes them all with relaxed muscles and improved blood flow.

infographic of hot tub health benefits

Hot Tubs – it’s the cure for what ails ya! Did I miss any benefits to hot tubs? Let me leave you with a word of caution – don’t overdo your time in the tub – limit your spa sessions to 30 minutes. Also, those with high blood pressure, heart disease or if you nursing or pregnant – seek advice from your physician before using a hot tub.


Carolyn Mosby
Hot Tub Works

5 Minute Hot Tub Massage Techniques


spa-massageThe Hot Tub or Spa is the perfect place for a soothing massage, after all, hydrotherapy is a form of massage. In the warm waters of your hot tub, tired muscles relax and yield to the softest touch.

It’s a great way for couples to help each other enjoy their time in the hot tub more, and become closer to each other in the process.

Since long soaks of 30 minutes or more may not be recommended, here’s some ways to provide quick relief – in just 5 minutes!

Spa Massage Tips

There are some areas of the body that are not conveniently positioned for the spa jet massage, such as the thighs, lower back and pelvis areas. Other parts of the body can be comfortably reached by your spa massage partner, without climbing into some impossible position.

Spa Massage starts with a deal, an accord or pact between two aching bodies. “I’ll do you – if you do me?” is the usual agreement. Although foot massage can both be given at the same time, it’s best to trade off, to allow your helping hands to be most appreciated. Here’s some tips on bringing loving relief in the form of massage – while soaking in your hot tub!

Foot Massage:

This is a good place to start the massage. Seated across from your partner, raise their ankle up onto your knee, and begin by slowly rotating the ankle in both directions. Then twist the entire foot, side to side – slowly. After this overall foot greeting, we can get specific. Extend the toes back and forward, and then stretch each toe, one by one, by gently twisting and then pulling or extending each little piggy.

Moving from the toes, massage the ball of the foot with circular motions, before running your thumb the length of the foot, from toe to heel. Finish the foot by massaging the heel area, squeezing it like a large lemon, as you move your hand around the heel. Switch to the other foot.

Hand Massage:

A hand massage is so appreciated, with the amount of dexterous tasks we are all doing each day on our computer and portable devices. A hand massage doesn’t differ very much from the foot massage, except that it’s best to be seated next to the person, on the side opposite the hand you are working on.

Begin with wrist rotation, a few times in each direction. Then fold the wrist to as far forward as is comfortable, pointing the fingers at the elbows. Reverse direction so the palm is open and facing up. Now, “squeeze the lemon” by squeezing the hand, as you slide it through yours, from wrist to finger tips. Now, work on each individual finger, with a stroking squeeze of each digit from base to tip. Twist each finger from side to side, and then extend each finger through it’s full range. Finish with some thumb strokes on an open palm, while squeezing the hand edge, opposite the thumb. Switch to the other hand.

Back Massage:

If you have a large enough bench seat, your partner can sit in front of you, or, you can bring in a clean 5 gallon bucket as a seat in the center of the spa. For portable spas, standing outside of the spa can be most comfortable for the one giving the massage, and also allows you more leverage to bear down into tired trapezoids.

Start at the base of the neck, and work your way along the top of the shoulders. Dig your thumbs deep into the shoulder grooves (as deep as is comfortable for your partner). Then, follow down the spinal cord, as far as you can comfortably reach. Repeat the stroke, widening your stroke on each pass, until your  hands end up on your partner’s sides. Finish by pulling, hand over hand, strokes from the outside – in, or from the side of the body, toward the spine, repeating the stroke on the opposite side.

Neck and Scalp Massage:

This one can be performed with the person seated on the floor in front of you, if your spa is not too deep, or you can stand outside the spa, just behind your partner. Hair can be wet or dry, but wet hair is easier to get your hands through.

Again, start at the base of the neck, but this time work your thumbs upward, and as you reach the scalp, run your thumbs along the base of the scalp, towards the ears. Run your fingers up the neck, and into the hairline, continuing the stroke all the way to the front (remove any rings and necklaces first). Spend time behind each ear, and massage the entire perimeter of each ear, pulling, twisting and folding your partner’s

Keep the massage oils inside the house – your spa filter will do better without having to filter excess oil, and besides the water is a good lubricant anyway.

If you have any of your own spa or hot tub massage techniques to share, post a comment below – if not, give this 5 minute spa massage a try on your hot tub partner!



Gina Galvin
Hot Tub Works

Hot Tub Dealer Publishes Guide to Educate


Beaverton Hot Tub Dealer Publishes Guide to Educate The Public on the Merits of Physical Therapy and Hydrotherapy to Help People Improve Their Physical Health and Well-Being.

Beaverton, OR (PRWEB) October 19, 2012


This October, health care practitioners and care givers are excited to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month. In appreciation of all the hard work and dedicated help therapists contribute, now is the perfect time to highlight the important role physical therapy plays in improving the lives of those suffering from chronic musculoskeletal or neuropathic pain. Oregon Hot Tub, a HotSpring Spas dealer selling new and used hot tubs with stores in Portland and surrounding areas like Beaverton and Bend, OR has decided to do participate in this very worthy event.

“Raising awareness and informing others of the benefits of physical therapy is an important goal and one that can improve the lives of patients and caregivers for years to come,” said Sue Rogers, president of Oregon Hot Tub. “From pain management to increased mobility, therapy eases suffering, strengthens muscles and makes it easier to move, here are three things that people may want to,” continued Rogers.

How Physical Therapy Helps – Muscle and joint pain from osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia or other chronic conditions can be debilitating and physical therapy can help. Treatment is different for everyone, customized to suit the needs of each person. A consistent program with a skilled therapist can make movement easier and less painful by improving strength, endurance, stability and flexibility. Typically, physical therapy combines a variety of techniques including massage, muscle manipulation, cold laser therapy and more. As an effective, all natural and safe strategy for pain management, physical therapy improves mobility and promotes a healthy lifestyle.

Avoiding Prescription Medications and Surgery – Physical therapy typically focuses on not only pain management, but also, injury prevention, healing and restoring the ability to move. For those suffering with chronic pain, the right treatment can reduce the possibility of having to rely on prescription drugs or surgery for relief. In fact, with improved mobility, restored movement and increased muscular strength, physical therapy may even prevent long term disability. Mobility is the key to aging well and combined with a consistent physical therapy program, taking steps to stay physically active and healthy can eliminate the need for prescription drugs or surgery.

Hot Tub Hydrotherapy – Using a hot tub is an easy way to enhance a physical therapy program. Hot tub hydrotherapy- heat, massage and buoyancy- has been used for centuries to alleviate pain and discomfort, relax muscles and promote health and well-being. For chronic pain relief, a hot tub is ideal, providing the right combination of relaxation and massage to increase flexibility, increase range of motion and soothe sore, stiff muscles and joints. The perfect solution for emergency situations when physical therapy is unavailable, a hot tub provides instant relief.

“To encourage local residents to check out the benefits of soaking in a hot tub to help improve their overall health and well-being, Oregon Hot Tub is providing free test soaks at all their showrooms. We do recommend however that people wanting to schedule their free 30-minute soak call us ahead of time to reserve their spot,” commented Dave Doornink, Oregon Hot Tub’s Marketing Director.

To find the nearest Oregon Hot Tub location, visit the company website for more information.

Hot Tubs Melt Away Pain


For thousands of years, in cultures as diverse as the ancient Greeks, Russians and Japanese, hot baths have been used to reduce pain, encourage blood flow and circulation, and promote relaxation. For back pain sufferers, a hot tub can be one of the few sources of relief from crippling pain, discomfort and stiffness. But you may be wondering whether it would be worth spending thousands of dollars on a hot tub system for back pain relief.


Americans shell out more than $50 billion each year fighting back pain, according to the National Institutes of Health fact sheet on back pain. Back pain is also the most common cause of missed work days and disability claims. A bulging disk, sciatica, an acute injury or osteoporosis can all cause pain in the spinal region.

Helpful Heat

Doctors will prescribe physical therapy, medications, ultrasound and other treatments when back pain strikes. But two of the most vital treatments are ice and heat. Ice, according to the NIH, should be used for 48 to 72 hours, then patients can move to applying heat.
Although heating pads and hot packs are effective, a hot tub or bath is an effective way to apply heat to a large area of the body. Heat works by relaxing surrounding muscles, which can reduce muscle spasms; it also dilates the blood vessels, increasing blood flow and promoting healing in the injured tissue. As the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases states, heat also “alters the sensation of pain”—in other words, it feels good and provides much-needed relief for acute or chronic back pain.

Marketing Health

Hot tub manufacturers are certainly marketing their products directly to back pain sufferers: The Olympic Hot Tub Co., for example, cites studies published in the British Journal of Rheumatology that showed that patients treated with spa therapy showed more improvement, from mobility to reduced pain, than a group of patients treated with medication only.
The company even encourages customers to get a prescription from their doctors for a hot tub; some states will eliminate sales tax on a hot tub with a doctor’s note.


If you’re buying a hot tub for hydrotherapy, the Hot Tub Guide recommends you look closely at the following features: jet type, seating, pumps and water pressure, and heating controls.
Look for jets that can be positioned directly onto the back, particularly the area that is in pain. You can also choose from a wide variety of jet types, from massage jets that move back and forth to whirlpool jets that concentrate water pressure in a focused area. With moldable plastic shells, jet position is highly customizable in today’s tubs.
Modern fiberglass shells have also moved far beyond the old-style bench seating. Hot tub buyers looking for back pain relief can look for lounge-style seats, with full immersion and jets directly positioned on the lower back area.


Hot tub hydrotherapy is one way to not only treat and relieve lower back pain and other injuries, but also to increase circulation, reduce stress and promote relaxation. However, hot tub users should keep in mind a few simple precautions: Do not use a hot tub for any medical condition without reviewing it with a physician. Do not use a hot tub if you are taking drugs that could make you sleepy or drowsy. Finally, do not exceed the time limit or temperature recommended by the manufacturer. By following those few simple rules, your back pain relief could be just a soak away.



  • National Institutes of Health: Low-Back-Pain Fact Sheet
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: Back Pain Handout
  • Hot Tub Bliss: Back Pain? A Hot Tub Can Help!
  • Ezine Articles: The History and Health Benefits of Hot Tubs does not sell Hot Tubs but does offer everything you need to take of a hot tub. We offer the best hot tub covers, and quality spa filters at the best prices online.

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 Hot tubs and their therapeutic benefits


I have chronic low back pain, neck pain and migraine headaches. I feel sure that most of the pain is due to a car wreck in my thirties. I was stopped at a red light to make a left-hand turn when a drunk driver plowed into the back of my car. I did have on my seat belt, but it was before the days of air bags, so I suffered quite a jolt. My car was pushed through the light and into a parking lot on the other side of the street.

I wasn’t injured (at least not in a visual way), and I was so angry I didn’t go to the hospital. I just wanted to scream at the lady. Which I did. It helped me emotionally, but not so much my back and neck.

Last year, my husband and I were talking to our doctor about physical therapy, and we came up with the idea of installing a hot tub for hydrotherapy. Let me tell you, I was all over that idea.

Well, my wonderful husband went and bought me a hot tub almost immediately. And we have both reaped the benefits. It has been great at relieving my back and neck pain. When I wake up with a backache and the beginning of a headache, it is the first place to go. The backache goes away and the headache usually calms down dramatically.

Here’s what the health specialists have to say about hot tubs and their benefits: hydrotherapy, or warm water therapy in hot tub spas, consists of three main healing ingredients: heat, buoyancy and massage. Hot tub hydrotherapy on a regular basis provides physical health benefits that go much deeper than just relaxation and pleasure.

Stress, headaches and sleep

As for stress, warm water massage stimulates the body to release endorphins that reduce stress. Also, a hot tub’s hydrotherapy jets dilate blood vessels to help prevent headaches. When it comes to nightie-night time, a 15-minute soak in a hot tub will have you sleeping like a baby. Soaking in hot water about 90 minutes before bedtime lowers your temperature, thus helping those with difficulty sleeping. This all-natural sleep aid can also be achieved by soaking in a tub of warm water – it doesn’t take a hot tub!

Muscles and joints

Hot tub and spa use by athletes has soared to repair injured muscles. Tennis Magazine said, “Your skin and muscles loosen and relax from the increased blood circulation” and if muscles are injured, “a soak in a hot tub or whirlpool increases blood flow to the injured area, bringing nutrients to help repair the damage.”

The Arthritis Foundation found that warm water hydrotherapy can help those with arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation “The soothing warmth and buoyancy of hydrotherapy makes it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain. Using a spa adds another component to the therapy – massage.”

Doctors and researchers have also found healing benefits for those suffering with diabetes. A Colorado study at the McKee Medical Center showed that patients who spent 30 minutes per day in a hot tub reported a 13 percent decrease in blood sugar levels, improved sleep and a higher sense of well-being. A hot tub is a natural and successful in stress relief, blood pressure, headaches and the acceleration of the healing process.

The muscle relaxing and joint loosening benefits of hot tubs help those with depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, scoliosis and bursitis. Thermo spas hot tubs have even been known to provide significant help for those afflicted with diseases as serious as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

So, the verdict is in: you can’t go wrong with a hot tub or Jacuzzi if you are suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, insomnia – the list goes on. Hydrotherapy has been used for thousands of years. It’s a natural therapy, safely used by hospitals, physiotherapists and health spas around the world. And now it is used by me. I will be the first to say that it relieves back pain and headaches.

Caution: If you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or any other medical condition, you must consult with your physician before beginning any hot water therapy program. Infants and children are more sensitive to the effects of heat, and experts recommend shorter soaking times. Always consult your doctor.

Reposted from the Daily Record – Health Corner by Kay Bona does not sell hot tubs but rather all the supplies needed to care for your hot tub; hot tub covers, spa filters, and hot tub supplies.