Sundance Spas Participates in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride
Over the years, Sundance Spas has had an opportunity to talk with various wounded vets who call us in search of advice on how they can incorporate hydrotherapy into their recovery. Hot tubs are not just for fun and relaxation and socialization, they are also used by people who’ve had serious life and physical changing injuries to them. As a company that promotes quality hot tub therapy as a restorative, therapeutic experience, it made perfect sense that Sundance Spas somehow get involved with the Wounded Warrior Project and the Soldier Ride.
About the Soldier Ride
Soldier Ride is a Wounded Warrior Project initiative that provides adaptive cycling opportunities across the country to help wounded warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being. It is a unique adaptive cycling experience that honors our military men and women as they courageously battle the physical and psychological damages of war.
This past Saturday Sundance Spas had the privilege of participating in the 2011 Soldier Ride San Diego as a sponsor and cycling team. The uplifting event turned out over two hundred cyclists that joined together to send out a positive message of physical and emotional well- being among the men and women of our military who sacrificed so much. As an event sponsor, Sundance awarded the top fundraiser a brand new spa for raising the most amount of money for the cause. Cyclist, Karen Polly, was the lucky recipient of a Sundance® Denali™ 4 person hot tub. Karen raised over $1,500 for the Soldier Ride in honor of her boyfriend, a soldier who had at one time been badly injured and is now healthy and well. After receiving news that she had won, Karen clapped with enthusiasm and pointed to her boyfriend’s picture proudly mounted on the handlebars of her bike “this is who I am doing all this for, right there.”
In addition to awarding the lead fundraiser a brand new spa, Sundance also was on hand to inform attending about Sundance hydrotherapy. In addition to hot tubs serving as a therapeutic retreat for people had serious life and physical changing injuries to them, hydrotherapy is also ideal for athletic training and workout recovery. Event attendees had the opportunity to learn how to alleviate discomfort of muscle soreness from miles of cycling through the combination of heat, buoyancy, and massage.
Hot Tub Health Benefits
Hydrotherapy hot tubs provide is used to “treat injuries and aid in the rehabilitation of the athlete,” according to the book, Principles of Manual Sports Medicine by Steven J. Karageanes. Writing about the effects of a warm-water whirlpool, Karageanes states, “It is believed that the circulating water causes mechanical stimulation to the skin, which causes a reflex anesthetic effect and a decrease in muscle spasm.”