Hydrotherapy Treatments … What you should know before you go
Although there are some risks associated with using a hot tub, these risks are rarely the ones you may think of. The greatest hazard you face when getting into a hot tub is drowning.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission alerts us to the fact that hot tubs can entangle a person’s hair or body parts. Children and adults alike have been held to the bottom of a hot tub by the suction generated from the drain and drowned. Make sure that their spa has dual drains in the tub, (which helps to distribute any suction), and drain covers which are not cracked or broken. Note where the emergency cut-off switch is so you can turn it off in an emergency. This is also a good thing to keep in mind before getting inside of a steam room or sauna. Do not drinking alcohol before or while in a hot tub. The combination of heat and alcohol can cause you to lose consciousness and drown.
Individual Hydrotherapy Tubs (emptied after each individual use)
First, prior to considering this treatment, you will need to verify that a hydrotherapy treatment is right for you and that you do not have any contraindications due to either the heat from the treatment or the products used.
Before booking your hydrotherapy treatment, you should ask the spa what type of individual hydrotherapy tubs they have. Many spas offer the safer antibacterial pipeless technology with removable jets hydrotherapy spas. Next, ask what sanitation procedures they use between clients. They should use the correct procedures as outlined by your states health code. This means that the tub should be emptied with the tub and jets properly sanitized, wiped out, disinfected with approved sanitizers, rinsed and dried out. If this is a piped jet system, this means that the sanitized solution must be run through the jets for a specified time period.
If you are staying at a Hotel or Resort that has a jetted tub in your guest room, either bring your own cleaners to insure the tubs safety or ask the resort to send someone up so you may observe the proper sanitation is done. At home, make sure that you adhere to your manufacturer’s direction for proper cleaning and disinfection. This should be done both after and before each use.
Group Jacuzzi or Whirlpools (used by multiple people with the water filtered, chemical treated, emptied weekly or monthly in accordance with the manufacturer)
If this is a group Jacuzzi, check and make sure that the Jacuzzi has the appropriate drain cover valves, you should have your hair up and secured so that the hair will not clog the filter or get caught in the intake valve. The integrity of the water in your hot tub or spa is critical to your health and maintenance of the unit. Check to see what chemicals they use to maintain the water quality. Some chemicals used may include: bromine tablets, water clarifier, PH plus, spa shock and demineralizer. These are necessary for water safety. Other chemicals that are not necessarily required but depending on water type and preference you may want to stock are: water softener and defoamer. Personally, I do not use public Jacuzzis as the chlorine is not good for your skin.