Sundance Spas As Part of Your Diabetic Therapy

diabetes-hot-tubs-safePhilip L. Hooper, M.D., published a study in The New England Journal of Medicine about the positive effect of “hot tub therapy” on his diabetic patients. The results of his study have not been debunked. There is a medical benefit in diabetics routinely using a Sundance Spas hot tub. The primary reservation voiced against it stem around the special attention a diabetic needs to apply during certain activities. The same concerns are exercised for other activities including exercising and taking a bath.

Hot tubs maintain a constant predetermined temperature. Sitting in one will increase your body temperature and blood flow to your skin as your body attempts to get rid of some of the extra heat absorbed from the water. This mimics what occurs during moderate exercise. For diabetics with circulation problems this is a good thing.

Where the concern is raised is that with the increased blood flow comes increased insulin absorption from the injection site. A dose of longer-acting insulin that is designed to last throughout the night will be absorbed much more rapidly. This can cause low blood glucose extending several hours after getting out of the tub. The simple recommended safety precaution is not to use temperatures higher than 105 degrees. It is also recommended that for optimal benefit while avoiding risk, you limit your stay to no more than 20 minutes. To further avoid a possible episode of hypoglycemia it is recommended you monitor your blood sugar levels before entering a hot tub and avoid soaking before meals.

For diabetics suffering from diabetic neuropathy the concern of possible burns is raised. The decreased circulation in their extremities may make it difficult to determine if the water is too hot on their feet or legs. Programmable thermometers can provide an easy means to monitor water temperature. The same precaution a diabetic exercises while taking a bath will provide the same degree of safety in a hot tub.

As with any therapy, the advice of your physician should be sought. When properly used, hot tubs can be a beneficial addition to diabetic therapy. When careful considerations are exercised adults with type 2 diabetes could see improvements in their sleep patterns, lose weight and lower their blood sugar levels.

For more information on features available on Sundance Spas contact Paradise Valley Spas.

Five Health Treatments wtih Jacuzzi Hot Tubs

jacuzzi hot tub therapyHumans have treated health problems with heat therapy and hydrotherapy for thousands of years.  Jacuzzi Hot Tubs offer users a unique method of delivery where heat therapy and hydrotherapy are concerned. The health benefits of hot tubs are invaluable and numerous. Here are five treatments a Jacuzzi Hot Tub can provide that you may have never considered.

  1. Headaches and Migraines - Hot tubs disperse heat through water evenly. This makes hot tub treatments very effective for headaches and migraines. Many people who experience chronic headaches and migraines also suffer from muscle tension in their necks and upper backs. The miracle combination of heat and water help the blood to circulate better in the body’s extremeties. This relieves pressure from the head.
  2. Arthritis - Doctors and experts recommend hot tub treatments for stiffness and pain from arthritis. Hot tubs offer constant, mild heat that helps loosen joints, circulate blood and relax muscle tension. Athritis sufferers can use hot tubs to decrease pain while performing daily activities and exercise. The water of course also helps relieve tension and provide buoyancy to take pressure of joints.
  3. Insomnia - The warm water and relaxing environment of Jacuzzi Hot Tubs provide a unique treatment for insomnia. Insomnia sufferers often also experience memory lapses, grogginess, mood swings and even depression. Prescriptions used to treat insomnia usually come with a list of undesirable side effects. The hot tub’s warm water is effective for relieving tension and stress. The body’s temperature drops when getting out of the hot tub, signaling the need for rest. A gentle soak before bedtime helps with deeper and more restful sleep.
  4. Diabetes - In September 1999 The New England Journal of Medicine published a study relating hot tubs and diabetes. The article suggested that hot tub therapy was effective in lowering blood sugar levels by up to 11%. Many patients also lost weight. The study linked the warmth and buoyancy of the water to the results. The publication also added that swimming in a pool isn’t nearly as effective as hot tub treatments. It is higly important that patients seeks a doctor’s consultation before beginning a hot tub treatment.
  5. High Blood Pressure - The Mayo Clinic found that hot tub use offers the same benefits of exercise, but without the strain on the heart. The warm water opens the blood vessels just as a brisk walk might do. The stress relieving properties of heat therapy and hydrotherapy help those with high blood pressure. It is always very important to consult a physician before beginning a hot tub routine.

A Jacuzzi Hot Tub can truly be an invaluable tool in maintaining health. Please feel free to contact us with any question or concerns. Let Paradise Valley Spas help you with all your hot tub and sauna needs!

Jacuzzi Hot Tubs Can Relieve Stress Symptoms

If you’re feeling stressed out, you are not alone. In a 2009 survey by the American Psychological Association, 75 percent of adults reported experiencing moderate to high levels of stress in the past month. Besides making life less enjoyable, stress can also take a toll on your body, manifesting itself in any number of aches, pains, and illnesses.

According to this article, some experts believe that 75 to 90 percent of primary care doctor visits are associated with stress-related illnesses. Besides certain specific conditions that are caused or exacerbated by stress, general symptoms can include muscle tension, headaches, fatigue and difficulty sleeping. While plenty of medications are available to fight these symptoms, more and more people are embracing hydrotherapy as a treatment option. With a Jacuzzi hot tub, you can use hydrotherapy to relieve or prevent stress on a daily basis, right in your own back yard. As the article explains:

Hydrotherapy works by harnessing the combined effect of heat, massage and the buoyancy of water to relieve the body. Unwinding in warm water has been a practice for hundreds of years, and its scientific effects are proven — warm water dilates blood vessels, increasing blood flow to sore or damaged tissues while simultaneously triggering the release of endorphins, the body’s natural stress fighter.

Besides helping relieve general stress and its related symptoms, some chronic, stress-related conditions can also be partially managed with hydrotherapy. For people suffering from type 2 diabetes, the combination of heat and massage helps reduce blood sugar levels in the body. Insomnia sufferers can find relief by spending a few minutes de-stressing in a hot tub before bedtime. And for those with arthritis, studies have shown that warm-water hydrotherapy increases blood flow to joints, which relaxes muscles, increases range of motion and reduces associated pain.

If you’re ready to fend off your stress with hydrotherapy but you don’t have a hot tub, or yours is in need of service or repair, contact us.

Study Shows Hot Tubs Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

There’s some fantastic news for our Bay Area Hot Tubs owners who suffer from type 2 diabetes. Taking a dip in your hot tub can help reduce your symptoms! Yes, you heard that right. A New England Journal of Medicine study found that the effects of hot tubs mimic exercise, and using a hot tub can reduce type 2 diabetes symptoms.

The study found that patients who used a hot tub for thirty minutes a day, six days a week, reduced their blood sugar levels and improved their sleep patterns, as well. All of the participants in the study reduced their blood sugar levels by an average of 13 percent over the duration of the study, and the doctors found the hot tubs were especially helpful for patients who were unable to exercise.

So, who knew that hot tubs were so beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes? We knew they were a great way to relax and unwind after a hard day at work, and a great way to dekink (is that a word?) after a tough workout, but now, the health benefits are becoming more aparent. If you, or a loved one suffer from type 2 diabetes, a hot tub is no longer a luxury, it’s an investment in your long term health and well being.

One participant in the New England Medical Journal study even reduced his insulin use after participating in the study, so a hot tub could be a wise investment for your medical history, too. You might even get your doctor to prescribe a hot tub for you, too!

Contact us at Paradise Valley Spas for more information today!