Whirlpool bathtubs, also referred to as whirlpools, are a must-have in any luxury bathroom remodel, but many people only factor in the additional price. They are often incorrectly assumed to offer many benefits while requiring no additional thought or maintenance than a standard tub.
Benefits Of Whirlpool Bathtub
Whirlpool bathtubs do have some positive health trade-offs. The combination of warm water, weightlessness, and massaging from the jets can significantly reduce both mental and physical stress.
In particular, people suffering from skeletal ailments, such as tendinitis and arthritis benefit from increased blood circulation and muscle relaxation from the heat and see reduced inflammation. The warmth also helps to reduce stress and prepare the body for sleep. This provides a more restful evening and generally helps improve overall mood and health.
Recent studies have begun to show that blood sugar may be positively affected by their use.
In a New England Journal of Medicine study, subjects with type 2 diabetes spent half an hour submerged to the shoulder in the tub six days a week. By the end of three weeks, the researchers found an average drop in blood glucose levels from 189 mg/dl to 159 mg/dl.