Reminder: Protect Your Spa Cover

Snow has arrived in the greater Seattle area! The Spa Doctor would like to provide their customers a quick reminder to protect your spa cover. Though not much snow is expected tonight, most spa covers are not designed to hold the added weight of snow. Laying a plastic tarp over your cover will help prevent damage from a snow shovel, and light snow can be removed by simply pulling off the tarp.

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Can Hydrotherapy help relieve Arthritis?

Arthritis, which most of us understand to be an inflammation of a joint or joints, resulting in pain and swelling, is actually the name for a family of over a hundred separate diseases.  These include: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout and lupus.  By some estimates, one out of every three families has someone who suffers from this condition.

As stated in their article: Arthritis – Spas & Warm Water Exercise published by the Arthritis Foundation,

“people whose arthritis symptoms respond well to heat have discovered the many benefits of heat therapy.”

If you suffer from arthritis, you will need to consult with your doctor on the treatment regimen that is best for you.  This is because there are several safe and effective ways to minimize loss of motion and the associated pain.  Your doctor may recommend exercise, use of warm water and heat, use of cold, or other treatments.  Some may be right for you, and others may not.  That is why it is so important for your doctor to be involved closely in your treatment.

In a home spa, the buoyancy of its warm water hydrotherapy make it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis symptoms including stiffness and the associated pain while improving the range of motion.

Warm water exercise is one method of hydrotherapy which is more gentle to joints and muscles.  This is because the water supports the weight and lessens stress on them to encourage free movement.  It also provides a level of resistance to assist in re-building muscle strength. Using a spa adds a third component to the therapy which is massage. A hot tub’s jets release a mixture of air and warm water, relaxing and massaging your body. The Arthritis Foundation has published articles on the subject of hot tubs, hydrotherapy and exerciseSpeak with your physician and find out if hot water exercise or hydrotherapy is right for you.

Protect your spa from freezing

The greatest danger of using your spa in the winter time is that damage will occur from water freezing in the piping system. Most portable or self-contained spas have a system designed to prevent this from happening. Many spas have a “mode” switch on the main control box labeled, “timer/thermostat” or “timer/no-freeze” (or something else to that effect). When the switch in in the timer mode the spa will generally heat only during a preset time throughout the day. During the rest of the day, the heating system is off and the spa can be prone to freezing. The switch should be in the ‘thermostat‘ or ‘no-freeze‘ setting so that the spa will always maintain a constant temperature. The thermostat should also be turned up to the normal operating setting.

If your spa does not have a “mode” switch and operates only by a timer, you’ll need to reprogram it to give  the best possible protection against freezing. It’s a good idea to set the timer to come on for at least 15 minutes each hour. This will ensure hot water circulation through the pipes and equipment (the piping is the place most prone to freezing). Please note, in areas of intense cold, i.e. -10 or below, 15 minutes per hour may not be a long enough time to keep things from freezing.

If you have any questions, our would like to have us service your spa, please contact us at 1-800-SPA-DOC1 (1-800-772-3621).

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Houstonian pleads guilty in eBay hot tub scam

A Houston man who pretended to sell hot tubs on eBay but instead took $191,000 from 46 customers and spent it on expensive cigars, trips and strip clubs pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday.

Steve Todd Lanni, 48, pleaded guilty to wire fraud for a scheme he ran through his business, Factory Direct Spas on Old Katy Road. He took money from customers all around the U.S, and from overseas, according to U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson’s office.

Lanni was selling hot tubs on the Internet at 50 percent to 70 percent below retail from 2004 through 2006, collecting the money upfront and simply not delivering them. Prosecutors said he used a number of excuses, including that hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused him some business disruption.

“Instead, Lanni used the money wired by his customers to pay for a lavish lifestyle, including trips to Hawaii, London, Miami, Las Vegas and Canada, for visits to strip clubs and for expensive cigars, expensive clothing, massages and dining at expensive Houston restaurants, spending up to $300 per day for dinner,” a written statement from Johnson’s office stated.

Customers began to complain to the Houston Police Department and, working with the FBI Cybercrimes Task Force, they made a case that included complaints from Florida to Tennessee to Massachusetts.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Vernon Lewis is prosecuting the case before U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison, who will sentence Lanni. Lanni has promised to pay back those he cheated. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


Does using a hot tub help you sleep?

Stress is one of the most common causes of sleeplessness, and soaking in a hot tub is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Studies have found that immersion in warm water before bedtime can ease the transition into a deeper, more restful sleep. This may happen because the body’s core temperature drops after leaving the water, which the brain may interpret as a cue for sleep. Or perhaps people sleep better after hot tubbing because buoyancy reduces body weight, relieving pressure on joints and muscles, creating a total physical relaxation that translates to emotional relaxation, aiding sleep. Even the National Sleep Foundation recommends soaking in a hot bath or hot tub as part of a regular, relaxing, healthy bedtime routine.