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Personal Spa Treatment

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For centuries, people have travelled many miles to soak in heated waters and natural springs.

Hot tubs bring the comfort and restorative powers of heated, pulsating water jets to homeowners. Today's hot tubs are and swim spas utilize adnaced technology to improve the quality of your life at home.

Hot Tub Weight Loss

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Can you lose weight in a hot tub?

Fat, no. But you sweat in a hot tub. You just don't notice because you are in the water.  So any weight loss is water weight.

We recommend for the Best Hot Tub on the Market for Weight loss (a Nordic of course), the temperature setting should not be above 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you are drinking beverages in the tub, the net is zero - as far as water weight.
If those beverages have carbs - a definite no.

But...

Hot Tub Tax Deduction

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 Claiming a tax deduction for your Hot Tub:

The IRS stated in its opinion letter Index No.: 213.05-00, " Section 213(a) allows as a [tax] deduction the expenses paid during the taxable year for medical care of the taxpayer, spouse, or dependent. Under § 213(d)(1)(A), an expense is for 'medical care' if its primary purpose is the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.   Notice the words "primary purpose".  Because a hot tub or spa is of a particularly personal nature, you must establish that your hot tub is "primarily" for the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease before you can deduct the cost of your hot tub on your tax return.  You may be able to claim your hot tub as a tax deduction even though you also derive pleasure from it and even though someone else such as your spouse may use the spa, as long as you are buying the hot tub or spa primarily to relieve pain due to an injury or disease.

You can also claim a deduction for the hot tub as a capital expense even if it is an improvement to your home.  Click here to read the IRS information.

Historical Facts About Hot Tubs

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More Hot Tub History...

    • The word SPA - "medicinal or mineral spring," 1626, from name of health resort in eastern Belgium, known since 14c., that featured mineral springs believed to have curative properties. The place name is from Walloon espa "spring, fountain."
    • Verse 2 of Genesis speaks of water - "Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."
    • Franklin D. Roosevelt received therapeutic baths and muscle treatments for his debilitating pain of polio during his administration from 1933-1945.
    • The first wooden hot tubs began to appear in the 1960's in California. Inspired by the Japanese ofuru, these early prototypes were still made from used oak barrels, wine tanks and olive vats from nearby wineries.

    Are there health benefits to hot tubs?

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    When you think relaxation - you can think of a hot tub.hands-in-the-waterThere are many benefits to sitting in an hot tub.  You don't need a research study to understand the health benefits to a good soak in a spa. 

    Headaches, Stress, and Sleep

    A hot tub can stimulate the release of our stress reducing endorphins. A hot tub’s hydrotherapy jets also dilate blood vessels to help prevent headaches. And when it comes to falling asleep faster and getting a deep night's sleep, the National Sleep Foundation clearly states, "soaking in hot water, such as a hot tub or bath, before retiring to bed can ease the transition into a deeper sleep." 

    What is Balneotherapy?

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    From the Latin word balneum or "bath"


    bubbles-thinYou don't need a study, or research grant to prove that taking a nice hot bath sooths and calms.  But if you want a fancy word for bath therapy use: Balneotherapy. 

    Now you can tell your husband or wife that you need at least an hour of Balneotherapy after a hard day at work. 

    Or you can read about the benefits of balneotherapy from the National Institute of Health (NIH) - see below.

    STRESSED OUT?

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    STRESS

    Just the word can trigger a physical response! 

    What causes stress in your life? How do you deal with it?  Are you a fighter or a flighter?

    The bad news is we all have stress to some degree and, if we haven’t learned to manage it, the toll on our health can be significant.

    The good news is there are relatively simple things you can do to help manage how stress affects you, your life and wellbeing.

    April is National Stress Awareness Month.  You’re probably saying, “I’m already aware of my stress!”  Well, that’s a good thing!  The first step is awareness.  It’s the second step that is a bit harder…making changes to your lifestyle that will reduce your stress levels.

    A simply great way to help reduce stress is to relax in a hot tub!  

    Hydrotherapy dates back to ancient Greece but it was the Romans who popularized soaking in hot baths.  Today’s hot tubs are much more sophisticated in their approach to hot water therapy but, the results are still the same…stress relief!

    For more practical tips on how to deal with stress, follow this link!

    About Arthritis and Whirlpool Therapy

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    The definition of arthritis is: "joint inflammation."


    Arthritis (from Greek arthro-, joint + -itis, inflammation; plural: arthritides) is a group of conditions involving damage to the joints of the body.

    You know it hurts. You should know that there are different types - and there are more natural ways to ease the pain. Now lets learn a bit more.

    Types of Arthritis:

    What is Hydrotherapy?

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    Simply, it is using water to revitalize and restore health.


    Hydrotherapy is the use of water to revitalize, maintain, and restore health. When we think of hydrotherapy, we typically envision whirlpools, spas, hot tubs, saunas, steam baths, foot baths and hot water compresses. Water healing is one of the oldest, least expensive and safest ways to treat many ailments.

    Benefits of Hydrotherapy:  Increased Flexibility • Reduced Stress • Improved Circulation • Relaxation

    You know how you feel after soaking in a tub of hot water. Add the whirlpool, the jets (DTS) and it is perfect after a stress filled day.

    Fibromyalgia Cost Alternative

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    You can spend thousands of dollars on natural, or pharmaceutical treatments for Fibromyalgia.

    Today we look to the drug manufacturers to cure our ills when often times their solution is only symptom relief. Fibromyalgia is one of those conditions. Little is known about the cause and less is known about a cure.

    Although the advertising for Fibromyalgia prescription drugs is new, the condition is not new. There are many names for this condition given all around the world and over hundreds of years of medicine. There is a tremendous controversy over its existence, and even more over it’s criteria for diagnosis. Our aging population is seeing more of this condition and their basic symptoms. Being concerned about drug costs leads one to want to spend your dollars of specific remedies with overall health benefits.

    Read more about the costs for symptom relief and an alternative that has few - if any - side effects - a Nordic Hot Tub:

    Fibromyalgia Hot Tub Treatment

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    Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition of overall pain and may make it difficult to work or to perform your normal activities.

    man-woman-relaxing-2Fibromyalgia symptoms vary and the underlying causes are not well understood. Some of the symptoms include:
    • Pain and Stiffness
    • Fatigue
    • Poor Circulation
    • Digestive Troubles
    • Irritable Bowel / Bladder
    In all cases, health care providers recommend basic fibromyalgia treatment by working on flexibility and improving blood flow - prime effects from soaking in a Whirlpool and Hot Tub. 

    Circulation, Stress & Flexibility

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    Soaking in a hot tub is a well established treatment for many ailments.

    Many health care providers recommend the following for maladies and conditions that are both chronic and acute:
    • Improve Circulation
    • Reduce Stress
    • Increase Flexibility
    If you look at any body of medical literature or research, one of the most common recommendation is to Reduce Stress. How many times to you hear about a practitioner suggesting you improve your life habits and eliminate stress for: heart ailments, arthritis, fibromyalgia, head aches, migraines, nervous disorders, tinnitus, and general anxiety.

    You can learn more by searching these key words:
    • anxiety disorders
    • stress induced health issues
    • reducing stress naturally
    • fibromyalgia and stress
    • arthritis and relaxation
    • common anxiety treatments
    • non-drug treatment for stress
    • low cost stress reduction

    Treating Back Pain Naturally

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    Pain in the Neck? or Back?

    There are a number of different ways you can treat your back pain naturally: vitamins, minerals, herbs, nutrition, and homeopathy medicine, and home hydrotherapy.

    Some will help heal your back pain and others are dangerous, so it's best to consult with a physician or nurse practitioner before taking anything and never, ever exceed recommended dosages.

    The FDA has no control over natural supplements, so it does not recommend them.

    Circulation Problems

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    Problems with Circulation

    Circulatory system problems arise when there is limited blood flow to the legs, hands, heart and rest of the body. The blood vessels become blocked as a fatty substance called plaque builds up and hardens and constricts the walls of the arteries and veins. This interrupts the normal flow of blood through the vessels and results in poor circulation.

    A variety of conditions can be brought on by poor circulation such as high blood pressure, hypertension, stroke, varicose veins, peripheral artery disease, heart disease, kidney damage, aneurysms, arteriosclerosis, Raynaud’s disease and phlebitis.

    Back Pain Relief

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    Tips to help relieve your back pain

    Back-Pain-Relief-in-a-Hot-Tub-from-NordicChronic back pain can come from an injury, a disorder, or from aging:  muscle strain or spasm, sprains of ligaments (attaches bone to bone), joint problems or a "slipped disk."  Of all problems, the most common cause for back pain is using your back muscles in activities you're not used to, lifting something heavy or maybe yard work.

    "We believe Nordic has the Best Hot Tubs for Back pain on the market today."

    An aching back nags what ever you do. Your back moves when you walk, sit, stand and breathe, so what ever you do seems to aggravate the pain in your back. The most common area of the back is lower back pain and then pain in the shoulders and neck.

    Polymyalgia Rhuematica

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    A reader recently wrote in requesting more information about a condition called Polymyalgia Rhuematica. My article ideas often come from the readers who would like the readership to be aware of a certain condition or would like to know more information on a certain topic.

    A diagnosis of Polymyalgia Rheumatica is more certain than that of fibromyalgia (FMS) because its characteristics are more certain, even though they have many of the same symptoms.

    Similarities include facial pain, pain in the joints, unintentional weight loss, fatigue (lack of energy), and malaise (general discomfort).

    Tips on Coping with Arthritis

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    Arthritis is the name given to a group of related diseases, which include osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis), rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus and fibromyalgia. In its various forms, arthritis affects the young and old, both sexes and all races. Although there are over 100 kinds of arthritis, they share one thing: they all rob otherwise healthy people of their quality of life by making even the simplest of movements painful. This pain is caused by inflammation of the lining of the body's joints.

    How do we treat the illness that affects so many people? On answer is with drugs, such as the "NSAIDs."

    Various Sources

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    From medical centers around the world about Arthritis and Hot Tubs

    Here are a collection of responses from clinics, medical facilities, universities, and hospitals that treat Arthritis. They contain their information and links to their sites.