Cellulite treatments come in a wide variety of options, giving anyone flexible treatments to consider for cellulite reduction. One of the treatments that you may have heard of is hydrotherapy or using water (usually hot water) to remove cellulite and burn fat. Some people may imagine just jumping in a jacuzzi or getting inside a sauna to shed weight and smoothen out cellulite, but hydrotherapy is so much more than that.
So how effective is hydrotherapy for cellulite treatment? There's significant evidence that fat cells shrink from consistent heat coming from hot water. Hydrotherapy increases blood circulation, lowers blood pressure, and even promotes weight loss, given that your hydrotherapy treatments are consistent and long-term. It’s best to pair your hydrotherapy treatment with your primary cellulite removal treatment to see visible effects faster.
Hydrotherapy is the practice of using water-based treatments like swim spa facilities, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, underwater massage sessions, or simply soaking in a hot tub. These treatments aim to improve a patient's quality of life by helping them with various conditions like chronic joint pain, flushing out toxins, managing muscle spasms after physical activity, or inducing lymphatic drainage.
But hydrotherapy has also branched out from simply helping relieve sore muscles to weight loss treatments: by dilating the blood vessels, increasing blood flow, and lowering blood pressure, conditions like cellulite can be managed as the fat cells shrink away from the consistent heat.
Hydrotherapy has enjoyed extensive coverage as general wellness treatment, but its effect on weight loss (and cellulite treatment) is less understood. However, the science behind it is well-studied, so it can be a helpful treatment option for you to pursue in combination with your primary method of cellulite removal.
Hot tub or sauna treatments heat up your body, which puts it in a state where it starts to lose fluid retention, increases heart rate, activates your sweat glands, and essentially burns fat - the same benefits you get from intense physical activity or exercise. All these can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, especially if you consistently use these treatments.
For patients who don't actually want to get into a bath, some aesthetic clinics and medical spas have started offering infrared heat therapy, where the saunas use light instead of heat to warm up your body. This means that people with sensitive skin or those who don't want to use a sauna can still enjoy the same benefits.
Infrared sauna therapy also works well to lower blood pressure, since the light can be adjusted to a level where gentle infrared heat can work for increased blood circulation. Keep in mind that this won't result in the profuse sweating you'd expect from a normal sauna - so the overall effects may seem limited especially if you aren't used to it.
If you don't have access to a clinic that offers hydrotherapy, you may ask yourself if there are any benefits to jumping into a hot tub regularly and enjoying a soak. While the same effects of increasing blood circulation and improving blood flow may ultimately shed you some fat cells, you're unlikely to get the same results as a sauna or hydrotherapy session.
One reason for this is that setting the exact heat levels required for hydrotherapy to take place can be difficult to figure out from person to person. Since there's a specific threshold that you have to reach so your body gets put in the state where it sheds fat, figuring this out on your can be difficult without expert help. However, this doesn't mean that enjoying a soak in the jacuzzi or hot tub doesn't come with benefits.
If you're looking to get hydrotherapy, here are some tips you can keep in mind to make sure that you get your time and money's worth from your results:
Your body starts burning fat actively once it's been conditioned for hydrotherapy - don't expect to suddenly shed off a significant amount of weight or see improvements after an hour or two soaking. Even if you weigh yourself, the weight that you just lost was water weight, not the actual fat.
For cellulite treatments, being consistent is the key to getting the most out of your soaks. Since your body can be conditioned to adapt to the high temperatures associated with hydrotherapy, you can also condition it to burn fat easier the longer your treatments go.
If you're just soaking in your tub at home, a recommendation from most experts is that you incorporate routines that can make the experience more enjoyable. Try adding essential oils to your bath or read a book while soaking - there's no reason why you should be stressed during your time in the water.
This isn't just to make you feel better - being relaxed loosens your muscles, relieves pain, and allows your blood to circulate better. Combined with the natural reaction of the body to loosen in the presence of heat, you're able to burn fat a lot easier.
For the best possible outcome, try to ask your doctor for advice on other things you can do to make sure that you get the most out of your hydrotherapy. If you're getting it done with a professional provider, they can offer recommendations on other treatments that you can look into which can help compound the effects of hydrotherapy.
Informing your doctor also places them on alert in case something goes wrong. While most hydrotherapy sessions go without a hitch, there are some cases (especially with the ones done at home) where the patient uses too much hot water or soaks for too long. Looping in your doctor about your use of this treatment can help you if things go wrong.
Another reason why hydrotherapy can be such an appealing option is that it can combine the effects of active weight loss treatments like exercise. Getting into a hot tub after vigorous physical activity doesn't just soothe sore muscles, but also improves blood circulation and allows your body to recover better.
Combined with the inherent fat-burning properties of exercise, you'll be well on your way to managing your cellulite with consistent work and effort. For even better results, you can even combine specific exercises to make sure that you target the buttocks area for more weight loss.
Hydrotherapy can be effective if used correctly, but going through the process requires preparedness and a body in tip-top shape. Since the rapid change in temperatures delivers sudden and strong shocks to the body, some people in delicate conditions should be careful when they use hydrotherapy or consider whether they should use hydrotherapy at all.
People with a compromised cardiovascular system may not benefit from hydrotherapy, as sudden temperature shifts from alternating hot and cold treatments can drastically change the blood flow in your body. This can lead to serious complications especially if you have an underlying condition.
Another significant issue that can prevent you from using hydrotherapy is if you have a skin condition. Even if the skin can tolerate slow or mild changes in temperature, prolonged soaking in a hydrotherapy bath can increase your body’s likelihood of developing infections and other complications.
Pregnant women should also avoid hydrotherapy treatments since the effects of this procedure aren’t well studied on unborn children. While there may be nothing wrong with running a warm bath, getting into a sauna or having cold showers may be a problem.
If you’re unsure about how suitable you are for hydrotherapy treatments, it’s best to consult your doctor to discuss your current conditions and explore other less risky options for cellulite treatment.
Hydromassage treatments and conventional saunas can make some difference with your blood circulation, which can lead to some improvements to your cellulite over time. But for a significant, long-lasting difference, your fat cells need more than infrared heat or profuse sweating to disappear. If you're looking for an effective method of burning calories and removing fat, consider QWO cellulite treatment.
The only FDA-approved injectable to treat cellulite, QWO treatments are an injectable procedure that can even out cellulite, tighten the buttocks, and improve the appearance of your skin. This non-invasive treatment is easy, effective, and can give you long-lasting results, with the bonus of working well with hydrotherapy treatments like infrared sauna therapy or heat therapy.
Cellulite loss via heat therapy or spa treatment is possible - but don't expect your results to be anything groundbreaking. It's best to consider the benefits of hopping into a jacuzzi or hot tub regularly as a way to relieve muscle tension and for increased blood circulation: things that may remove cellulite, but are more beneficial for your body overall.
Cellulite Treatment NJ can help you remove cellulite and other stubborn fat deposits in your body much better than a spa day, combining innovative fat removal procedures with traditional therapies that can leave your skin as smooth as you've always wanted. For more information about us and our services, schedule a consultation with us today.