Know Your Numbers Before You Soak
We’re very proud to be supporting the 2018 Blood Pressure UK campaign called Know Your Numbers Week, running from the 10th to 16th of September. Anyone taking medication for high blood pressure will be well aware of the normal range for blood pressure numbers, but for many it’s a bit complex and tricky to understand. We think it’s a very important subject to share with anyone who has or is considering the purchase of their own hot tub, and so in this blog we explain the numbers and share out hot-tub facts.
Blood Pressure Tests
This week there are many organisations offering free on-the-spot blood pressure checks to the public because good blood pressure is so key to good health, whilst high blood pressure has no symptoms and is referred to as the silent killer. Although 1 in 3 adults in the UK has high blood pressure (BP), only one third are aware of their BP and the only way to know is to have it tested.
The test is completely painless and takes only a few minutes. Most of us will have had a check at some point by our own GP. It is usual for the person to be tested, to be seated for a few moments prior to and during the test. This is so that the resting BP is measured. A cuff is placed around the upper arm which may necessitate the removal of any tight clothing. A loose-fitting garment does not impede the test and does not need to be removed. Once the cuff is fitted it is inflated to a predetermined pressure, squeezing against the arm. Air is then released from the cuff slowly, to enable the nurse or practitioner to measure the systolic and then the diastolic pressure. The reading is written as the systolic pressure number followed by a slash and then the diastolic pressure number and the units of measurement (mmHg). For example, 120/80mm Hg is said 120 over 80 millimetres Mercury.
A healthy blood pressure is 120/80 or less, but the lower you can get it, the better. 140/90mmHg is the level used to diagnose high blood pressure for everyone, whatever your age. It is important to remember that high blood pressure is never diagnosed after just one reading, but only when blood pressure levels are consistently at or greater than 140/90mmHg. If this is the case, it will need to be lowered.
Lowering Blood Pressure
If you are told after a BP test that your blood pressure is high, you will be given advice on the best ways to lower it. The range of actions you can take vary from cutting down on salt and alcohol in your diet, to increasing your activity or even losing weight or taking medication. Your GP will tell you which course of action is right for you.
Is a Hot Tub safe for lowering Blood Pressure?
There are three main effects of immersion in a hot-tub that occur in all people regardless of blood pressure. The first is vasodilation, that is, the warmth of the water around your body causes the blood vessels to dilate, or enlarge, which in turn reduces pressure in the circulatory system. The heart does not have to work so hard to pump blood around when this happens, so blood pressure is reduced during immersion.
The effect of sitting down or lying in the hot tub also reduces the work the heart has to do, so heart rate is reduced.
Finally, the physical relaxation that occurs from the warmth of the water causes muscles to loosen, lessening the resistance in arteries and veins.
There have been clinical studies published that demonstrate these effects on BP and heart rate amongst subjects with normal BP or taking effective medication for high BP. The studies showed the effects of hot-tub soaking were both temporary and safe for the subject of the study. If you are in any doubt about whether you have high blood pressure or should avoid hot-tub soaking, then this week is the perfect chance to have a blood pressure test and to be in a position of knowledge. There are well-known high street pharmacies and charity stations offering free blood pressure checks all week, and you can find the nearest one to you on the Know Your Numbers website here.
Hot tub Hydrotherapy
If you are happy in the knowledge that your blood pressure is healthy, and you enjoy the warmth of a hot soak, there is much more to know about the therapeutic benefits of our hot tubs. The most appealing element of a hot-tub is usually it’s massage capabilities. When added to the soothing feel of hot water, it can truly make or break your hot-tub experience. Hydropool has worked hard to understand the science of immersion by continually developing hot tub Zone Hydrotherapy in relation to the ergonomics of the human body. This constant innovation has resulted in a range of Hydropool hot tubs that allow them to interact with the human body in the most natural and effective way possible.
The logic behind Hydropool Zone Therapy is that each individual is unique and has different sensitivities to release of various tensions. A Hydropool hot tub is designed considering the requirements for four distinct zones, each offering targeted massage to distinct body areas – the neck, upper back and shoulders, leg and lumbar zone, paravertebral muscles and foot arch muscles. The personalisation of each zone considers the types of jets, the seating design and functionality and duration of time spent in each seat. Each hot tub can provide a range of treatment programs for back pain, insomnia or stress for example, utilising the zones and other features of your hot tub.
Come in to our Aviemore showroom and speak to Gabor to find out about the range of Hydropool Wellness Programs that you can experience!