What is Hydrotherapy?

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The water inside a hot tub can create a truly invigorating and healing experience.

This experience is most commonly referred to as hot tub hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is a water-based form of therapy that is commonly used to treat a wide variety of health issues. The concept behind hydrotherapy heavily relies on the benefits of hot water. This is the reason why many people often purchase swim spas or hot tubs, not just for entertainment, but also for health and wellness purposes.

This natural form of physical therapy is quickly gaining momentum, as it is becoming one of the popular forms of water therapies. Let’s take a closer look!

How Hydrotherapy Works

Hydrotherapy utilizes three basic properties of the water: temperature, buoyancy, and massage.

One of the main reasons why musculoskeletal problems are hard to tackle is that your bones and muscle need to carry the weight of your body, even when they are strained or injured. That’s where the natural buoyancy of the water comes into play, as it will help lift some of the tension and weight from your body.

The hot temperature of the water helps you to physically and mentally relax, helping to release built-up tension and let go of unwanted stress. It also helps to improve circulation and the production of positive endorphins that can help with feelings of pain and anxiety.

The high-powered massage jets found integrated within Sundance® Spas hot tubs are some of the best known to the industry. They are placed strategically throughout each and every hot tub to target the most stress-prone places on the human body, including the upper back, shoulders, and neck.

Uses and Purposes of Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is particularly well known for its positive effects on a wide range of issues, including rheumatoid arthritis, tension headaches and migraines, aches and pains, and more.

People who are struggling with recovering from muscle and/or joint injuries can also greatly benefit from hydrotherapy sessions. Hydrotherapy has been known to help improve the quality of the healing process, and speed along the time too!

Unlike swimming or other physical exercises performed in the water, hydrotherapy is considered a form of physiotherapy performed in hot or warm water. There are many physiotherapists who specialize in hydrotherapy and work closely with patients to help them make the most out of their exercise routines.

Hydrotherapy can greatly help people improve their mobility and balance, not unlike aquatic aerobics or other forms of fitness. However, this discipline is certainly gentler than either, going for a smooth low impact approach that anybody can easily get used to, regardless of their physical situation or health.

Hydrotherapy Combined with Other Water-Based Therapies

In some cases, hydrotherapy can even merge with the benefits of other spa therapies.


The use of fragrances and calming oils during an aromatherapy session can greatly improve your hydrotherapy experience. The scents can help you to de-stress at the end of a long day, or bring back fun and relaxing memories. Learn more about SunScents™ Aromatherapy to get started!


Reflexology focuses on massaging your feet and legs. Think about it, your feet and legs carry your entire body weight each and every day. They need some healing and rejuvenation, too! The foot jets in many Sundance® Spas models are built with integrated foot jets for this sole purpose.

Spa Exercise

One of the best ways to live a fit and healthy life is with regular exercise. Water-based exercises can prove to be extremely beneficial, especially for those who suffer from joint or muscle pain. It can help to improve your mobility, balance, flexibility, and even help prevent future injuries.

Are you looking for more information about hydrotherapy and hot tubs? Get in touch with our team of spa specialists at Pool Brite! We would love to assist you and answer any question you might have concerning the many benefits of hydrotherapy and perhaps, help you get started with it in your hot tub of your own! Visit the Pool Brite Hot Tub Dealership in Amherst, NY to get started today!

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