Use a spa and live a longer, healthier life: A personal story

Did you know that as well looking great and being lots of fun, spas offer incredible therapeutic benefits? In this article, we share the personal story of Dr Don Rabush – a rehabilitation expert who has used spas for 30+ years and knows firsthand the difference a spa can make to your health and wellbeing.

As both a rehabilitation expert and a spa user for more than three decades, Dr Rabush is uniquely positioned to comment on the therapeutic benefits of spas and swim spas.

Don (pictured below) has led a rich and fulfilling life – but it certainly hasn’t been without its health issues. He suffered his first heart-attack – a massive cardiac event which very nearly claimed his life – at the age of 33, and has had two others since then.

A double bypass and four major midline surgeries followed, with the volume of medication required thereafter eventually leading to a cancer diagnosis.

A tour of Vietnam, where Don served as a Captain in the US army, also took its toll. He was exposed to agent orange causing peripheral neuropathy which impacts muscle strength and balance.

It's hard to believe this when you look at him. At 80 years old, Don still has a sense of energy and vibrancy about him which belies his age and defies the health challenges he’s faced.

He reflects that, through all his health battles, regular use of a spa has come to the rescue. In fact, Don credits much of his current good health to his daily swim spa ritual.

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Spas and swim spas are a great tool at any stage of life, and can be hugely beneficial for people with all sorts of disabilities or health complaints.

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Over the last three decades, Don has owned a number of spas and swim spas, using his PhD in Education (majoring in Rehabilitation) to design his own rehab routine.

“I started out with spa pools”, says Don. “Then moved to swim spas as a way to keep fit. Initially I used my swim spa for anaerobic exercise (i.e. swimming), but nowadays I do more and more yoga-type activities.”

From swimming and walking to squats, stretching and mobility work, Don performs an array of exercises which he believes have helped limit the effects of ageing.

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I’ve been able to enhance my balance, retain muscle mass, increase my oxygenation levels and even improve my sleep!

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“Regular, low-impact hydrotherapy has helped me maintain a standard of living which I believe wouldn’t otherwise have been possible, given the health issues I’ve faced. I’ve been able to enhance my balance, retain muscle mass, increase my oxygenation levels and even improve my sleep!”

Don’s also convinced his wife to get in the water. She used to suffer from chronic knee issues.

“She was sceptical at first, but that quickly changed. The warm water increased her circulation, and she’s been able to enjoy exercising without impact on her hips or knees.

"Today, she’s much more active, and has regained her sense of self-confidence."

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Because you can use them year-round, you can exercise and rehab more frequently, which has to be a good thing.

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Dr Don Rabush – Rehabilitation expert

Given the benefits he and his wife have experienced, it’s little wonder Don has become a passionate advocate for swim spas.

“I think they’re absolutely wonderful”, he says. “They’re a great tool at any stage of life, and can be hugely beneficial for people with all sorts of disabilities or health complaints.

"And, because you can use them year-round, you can exercise and rehab more frequently, which has to be a good thing. I know it increases the quality of my life, so I’m all for it!”

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