Is a hot tub right for your lower back pain?

Lower back pain can make mountains out of molehills and chasms out of cracks in the sidewalk. It can be hard to go to work when you can hardly get out of bed, just like it’s hard to enjoy time with your family when every minute—and every movement—is fraught with pain.

One way you may be able to lessen the pain in your lower back is to start spending time in a hot tub. A hot tub’s combination of warmth, buoyancy, and massage jets can help muscles relax, providing temporary relief to back muscles. By taking short, regular soaks for about twenty minutes every day, you may be able to find the relief you’re looking for.

Take a look at this short video to see how a real hot tub user has found pain relief in their home spa:


Hot tubs may help to ease lower back pain for some people by encouraging their tense muscles to relax. They do so with a combination of heat, buoyancy, and massage. To see if a hot tub might be the right choice for you, consult with a medical professional.

A short soak in the morning or before bed every day can go a long way towards improving a person’s quality of life with the following advantages:

  • Heat. A hot tub’s warm waters will raise a person’s body temperature. This enhances circulation, improving blood flow and promoting relaxation. As muscles relax, tension and the pain that comes with it can lessen.

  • Buoyancy. While immersed neck deep in a hot tub’s soothing waters, a person’s experienced body weight is reduced by 90%. This takes the pressure off of bones, joints, and muscles, including those directly and indirectly associated with the lower back.

  • Massage. High-quality premium and luxury hot tubs use powerful jets to massage major muscle groups. This hydromassage kneads knots and tension out of muscles, helping them relax in the warm water and providing relief from over-tightness.

While all hot tubs offer the advantages of heat and buoyancy, hot tubs vary widely in their ability to deliver a great massage. Hot tubbers seeking to reduce lower back pain should look for hot tub models which specifically target this problem area.

One important thing to keep in mind when comparing the massage options on hot tubs is that the hot tub with the most jets does not necessarily provide the best massage. The jets must be powered by a strong jet pump to have a significant effect, and they must be aimed accurately to massage the right parts of your body.

Perhaps the best hot tub massage option for lower back pain is the Moto-Massage® DX jet, exclusive to the Hot Spring® Highlife® Collection. This massage system uses two moving streams of warm water to work up and down a person’s back, easing stress as they go.

Here’s a short video of the Moto-Massage DX jet in action:

The answer depends on how you will use your hot tub. Large families, or hot tubbers who expect to host frequent social gatherings, will be best suited with a larger hot tub. Hot tubbers who intend to primarily use their spa alone or with a single partner won’t need as many extra seats. However, they may have other specific interests such as entertainment options: a wireless audio system with extended Bluetooth® capability or even a 22” HD wireless television monitor. These considerations can help to round out the hot tub experience and ambiance for greater relaxation and enjoyment.

To find your ideal spa, it’s also important that you take a test soak to experience a hot tub model’s massage jets firsthand. The right hot tub may help to ease pain as it also relieves stress and brings a smile to your face every day. Hot tubs with targeted jets can work directly on the muscles in question, providing blissful relaxation with a perfect massage.

Our powerful jets deliver unparalleled hydromassage for your problem areas. To find the hot tub that’s right for you, visit your local dealer today.