Does your country club have a spa? If yes, then are you planning on having a spa treatment anytime soon? Before deciding on getting a mineral bath done, or getting kneaded like a ball of dough, or indulging in any of the spa treatments available today, you should know the risks involved first. Yes, a spa indeed provides what it promises to provide: stress reduction and relief, soothing sore joints and muscles, and simply feeling better about oneself. Spas can also relieve muscle tension in people who suffer from chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, as well as pain from sports and car accident injuries. However, although unlikely, one can get sick while undergoing spa treatments. So what are these health hazards of spas that we should know of?
Certain spa treatments can worsen chronic and acute health conditions of an individual. In addition, all spas can pose risks to the general public, particularly when operated in a state of uncleanliness. We first focus on how spas and spa treatments can harm the individual person.
Getting a massage can increase menstruation flow which is bad for those who bleed naturally bleed profusely. However, because getting a massage improves circulation,it may minimize the symptoms. Having a massage has been shown to reduce back pain and cramps and diminish the feeling of bloating too.
Poor water quality can translate into a breeding ground for bacteria. This then will make it possible for you to contract severe skin boils if you happen to use any of thee contaminated whirlpool footbaths, for example. Skin infections are treatable with antibiotics but it may take days to weeks to do so. A good example is Legionella, a bacteria naturally found in warm water. Hot tubs or spas that are not cleaned and disinfected enough can become contaminated with Legionella.
If you have a stuffy nose, dry cough, or an asthma attack, a spa is definitely not the place for you. This is because dry heat from saunas can result to spasm of your airways which will make it uncomfortable for you to breathe. We recommend going instead for steam rooms with moist to help improve sinus congestion, asthma, and allergies.
Seaweed wrap treatment too may be harmful to others. Whatever you are applying to your skin possibly enter your body. If, for example, seaweed, is applied in high concentrations it may result in a bad breakout on the skin.
If you have diabetes, psoriasis, or a weak immune system, fish foot spas should be avoided. This is because these fish pedicure treatment has been shown to spread diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C because of transmission from one customer to another with the fish as the carrier. The risk is low but it cannot be entirely ignored.
Despite knowing these facts, if you feel like your country club is maintaining the spa like it should, then go ahead and have yourself pampered. You can always ask your friendly country club manager about how each spa treatment works, as well as how often the facilities are cleaned, and how often the water is replaced.