Can Hydrotherapy Help With The Respiratory System?
When thinking about the health benefits using a hot tub, most people think about relaxing the muscles, relieving stress, or simply improving overall hygiene.
While these certainly are excellent health benefits of a hot bath, a nice soak in the tub can provide other benefits you might not have imagined—including helping to relieve the symptoms of many respiratory issues. Whether you’re congested from a cold, have seasonal allergies, or even have a permanent condition that makes it difficult to breathe, soaking in a tub full of hot water can help you breathe a little easier.
The mucus in our respiratory system helps to keep things lubricated and protected, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. You’ve likely experienced that sensation more than once in your life, when you’re constantly sniffling, blowing your nose, and coughing up phlegm. For those with certain health conditions, properly clearing the mucus from the lungs can actually be quite difficult. But whether you have such a condition or just need some relief from your cold, a hot tub can help.
The steam from your spa can help to warm mucous membranes in the lungs and loosen the mucus they produce, allowing you to clear it more easily from your body. It can also open nasal passages and encourage deep breathing, so you can finally get a good, full breath into your lungs.
Soothing a Sore Throat
If you have a sore throat for any reason, a bath can help with this as well. The steam from your bath moistens the tender skin inside your nose and throat, helping to soothe away that scratchy, achy feeling you have when you get sick.
Hot tubs help to improve pulmonary health. The compression on the chest and increased blood supply to the lungs have positive effects on your respiratory system. It also helps with organ function and cell growth. The warm water raises your temperature which dilates your blood vessels. This all improves healing, eases tension and breathes life into tired muscles.
Aromatherapy & Inhalation
Aromatherapy oils are also breathed into the respiratory system. If you imagine sitting in your hot tub you will essentially be breathing in the vapours from the hot tub so if you do add essential oils to the hot tub your respiratory system will also get the benefit. Some essential oils have been associated with having antibacterial and antiviral properties and so in effect cleans the lungs as you inhale them.
Do ensure that you use suitable aromatherapy oils for use in a hot tub.