Humans have been visiting naturally occurring hot springs for thousands of years, enjoying the sensation of being surrounded by pleasantly hot water. Hot tubs came into popularity in the 1970s and have only become more common throughout the years as technology has improved.
If you're considering a hot tub of your own, there are many reasons why getting one is a great idea.

Depression and Anxiety Relief

Psychology Today ran a piece by Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc, that outlines the benefits of hydrotherapy for those suffering from depression and anxiety. The water causes our bodies to release feel-good hormones and elevate our moods, in addition to lowering stress hormones such as cortisol.
This is especially effective if you follow up a relaxing soak in warm water with a splash of cold water. Invigorating and harmless, this mood-enhancing ritual may be just what you need to feel happy and relaxed.

Relief from Chronic Pain

Chronic pain affects millions of Americans and can be difficult to treat. Even over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen can be hard on your stomach and may not be effective. A hot tub, however, is a drug-free way of treating chronic pain caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia, old injuries and muscular issues.
The heat promotes relaxation and encourages circulation, both of which help reduce pain and discomfort. Some people will even drift off in their hot tub, entering a light sleep-like state that leaves them pain-free and rejuvenated. Hot tubs and whirlpool baths are also used by nursing homes and hospitals to reduce chronic pain, making it a medically accepted alternative to painkillers.

Better Digestion

If you have digestive issues or have simply eaten too much at dinner, a nice soak in a hot tub may be just what you need to soothe a stomachache without resorting to medication or suffering through it. If you have IBS, GERD or any other digestive disorder, a hot tub from places like Robert Allen Pools and Spas can help relax your gut and help you to have calm, smooth digestion.

Easier Breathing

Whether you suffer from allergies, asthma, COPD or another breathing issue all together, the steam and warmth of a hot tube can make breathing a lot easier. This is especially true if you cough a lot and have tight, sore muscles in your rib cage that can be relaxed by hydrotherapy.
If you find your breathing problems are reduced by taking a shower, a hot tub can give you longer, more pleasant relief. This also works for people who don't generally have any breathing issues but have a cold or a respiratory infection. The warmth opens up air passages and makes it easier to breathe deep, relaxed breaths.

Lower Blood Pressure

Relaxation alone can help lower your blood pressure, but the warmth of a hot tub does even more than that. The heat of the water encourages your blood vessels to open and dilate. This is why our skin becomes pink or red under hot water, and it also lowers blood pressure. For those who have hypertension or have a family history of the condition, regular soaks in a hot tub are a good way to encourage good circulation and normal pressure levels.
There are many different reasons to consider getting a hot tub installed. The health benefits outlined here only scratch the surface of the mental, physical and emotional changes that can be credited to hydrotherapy at home. Considering that hot tubs are safe for just about everyone, there is nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying out hydrotherapy in a hot tub of your own.

Author's Bio: 

Anica is a professional content and copywriter from San Francisco, California. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.