Migraines are more common in women than men and generally last 4 to 72 hours during which time the sufferer may experience pain on one or both sides of the head, photophobia (sensitivity to light), phonophobia (sensitivity to sound) and nausea. However, if migraines are caught early, they can be avoided by using hot tubs and alternating hot and cold therapy. Read on for a few tips on how to use your Sundance Spa to alleviate migraines.
1. Soak Your Feet: If you just place your feet in the hot tub, this can have a beneficial effect because it dilates the blood vessels in your feet and draws the blood away from your head towards your feet. Another way to increase this effect is by placing a cold compress on your head at the same time. Once you’ve relieved the headache, you can put on thick socks so that the effect continues.
2. Use the Massage Feature: Turn up the jets in your Sundance Spa as high as you can take them. Many migraines are brought on by tense muscles and a massage relaxes those muscles, relieving stress. Try to use this massage feature for at least twenty minutes. When you get out of the hot tub, apply a cold compress to your head for fifteen minutes.
3. Alternate Massage and Cold Pack: This is similar to the previous method but, instead of getting an entire twenty minute massage at one go, you alternate it with a cold pack on your head. So get into the hot tub and turn on the jet streams for about five minutes. Then, turn them off and apply a cold compress for five minutes. Continue to do this three to four times, until you feel that the throbbing in your head has stabilized.
So the next time you feel a migraine coming on, don’t just settle into a dark corner of the house and avoid everyone and everything. Take matters into your own hands and use your hot tub to combat the pain immediately. You’ll feel the relaxation of your muscles right away and the alternation of hot and cold therapy will draw the blood away from your head to other parts of your body, giving you relief. Contact us for more information about the beneficial effects of hot tubs.