Arthritis Relief. About 43,000,000 Americans suffer with the pain and discomfort of arthritis. Characterized by inflammation of the joints, causing swelling, pain and stiffness, arthritis often results in loss of joint movement or function. You may find relief without drugs by soaking in the warm waters of a spa. A Catalina spa can bring welcome relief by providing the warmth, massage and buoyancy needed to both relax and exercise joints and muscles. A hot tub allows for ease of movement of joints generally affected by arthritis, such as the knees, hips, hands, elbows and shoulders. Warm water causes muscles to become relaxed, which can then make it easier to perform exercises and daily tasks. A peaceful soak in a spa creates an overall feeling of comfort, minimizing the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Talk with your doctor to determine whether a spa is appropriate for you. Soaking in the warm water of a Catalina spa is an effective way to direct heat to the areas that are afflicted by arthritis. Hot water is not required to get the results you desire; you'll find mild heat is very effective. The water should feel relaxing and comfortable, and not hot. If you are using a spa for just soaking or doing very gentle exercises for arthritis, you should set the temperature between 86 to 92 degrees F. Do you know someone who is affected by the pain and discomfort of arthritis? Check with their doctor to see if a spa may bring the relief they need. A Catalina spa may be the ultimate way to soothe stiff, sore muscles and joints through advanced hydrotherapy.
Spas Can Help Diabetics
According to a recent study, more than 16,000,000 people who have diabetes may be helped by soaking in their Catalina spa! The New England Journal of Medicine reported the study by an American researcher, revealing the health benefits of hot tub therapy. According to the study, people who are affected with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus can benefit from soaking in a spa. With this type of diabetes, people can often control their condition with regular exercise and a good diet. Unfortunately, many diabetics are physically unable to maintain a steady weight and endure rigorous activity. In the study conducted by Dr. Philip Hooper at the McKee Medical Center in Colorado, eight people with Type 2 Diabetes were placed in a spa for 30 minutes a day for three consecutive weeks. Patients reported a 13% reduction in blood sugar levels, improved sleep and an increase in their overall sense of well being.
* Source: The New England Journal of Medicine September 16, 1999;341:924-925.
The Natural Remedy for a Good Night's Sleep
Did you know that a soak in a Catalina spa can help you get a good night's sleep? According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 132 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. They found that 48% of women and 38% of men suffer from insomnia more than one night a week. Sleep researchers believe that many cases of insomnia are the result of the hectic, stressful lifestyles of otherwise healthy people. A recent study in the scientific periodical Sleep, a drop in body temperature can help to ease your body into a deeper, more relaxing sleep. They suggest that if you soak in very hot water (103° F) approximately 90 minutes before bedtime, you will fall sleep easier, naturally. So our recommendation for a good night's sleep is to soak in a Catalina spa before bedtime. Soak Away Stress A number of studies are now suggesting that stress is as great a threat to health as smoking or not exercising. Learning to control stress is our life-long objective. Some of us are lucky to be stressed only occasionally. Many of us find stress a constant companion. Soaking in a Catalina spa is the perfect solution to control stress. Feel calmer, loosen tight muscles, and relax after a hard day of work or play. Soaking away your stress will help you enjoy life and will not only contribute to better health, but a greater ability to succeed in your own agenda. As we get older, we gain a better understanding of the saying "health matters."
Trainers, physical therapists, and other health care professionals recommend soaking in the warm water of a spa to alleviate the symptoms of muscle strains, sprains, and other injuries, and to accelerate the healing process. Warm water physiotherapy is one of the safest treatments available. The flow of warm water eases muscle tension, and relieves pressure on surrounding nerves, joints, and blood vessels. Movement becomes easier, which is especially important for those suffering from arthritis and back pain. Catalina spas jets may be used to target specific pressure points for deep muscle massage. Catalina spas jets allow you to fine-tune the jet stream direction and volume for a precision massage for hands or feet. The benefits of massaging the hands and feet go beyond comforting relief for just those areas. For centuries we have found that specific points on patients' feet and hands affect healing in other parts of the body. Exercising in tepid water is a wonderful way to improve flexibility and strength, build muscle endurance and balance, combat the aging process, and boost your cardiovascular system. The warm water of a Catalina hot tub also greatly reduces stress on joints and stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkiller. Even non-exercisers or patients recovering from accidents or injuries can benefit from performing gentle, easy-flowing movements in the water of a Catalina spa. By working with the water's natural resistance, even a mild water workout can tone muscles and boost metabolism.