Research has found that time spent outside in nature can have a very positive impact when it comes to reducing stress levels. Exposure to natural light increases the levels of serotonin in the body and helps to boost the mood. However, for many of us, the majority of our days are not spent outside in a natural environment but in an office space or inside a building. Walking from the office to the car, or from public transport home, might be the only chance we get to be outside during the course of a day.
Also called ‘the water cure,’ hydrotherapy has been used by different civilisations for many generations. It is essentially the use of water for various purposes – in the context of your regular health routine this could be fitness, healing or downtime. Whether you’re looking for ways to optimise your workout or to aid recovery, hydrotherapy could hold the key.
According to NHS statistics, back pain is the largest single cause of disability in the UK. Lower back pain alone accounts for around 11% of this. If you regularly suffer from lower back pain, whether as a result of a chronic condition or due to lifestyle choices such as working at a desk, there are steps you can take to help yourself. In particular, a hot tub can have a positive impact when it comes to reducing daily discomfort and helping to pave the way for recovery.
What causes lower back pain?