If you live with an arthritic condition like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, your symptoms may worsen in the cold weather. But according to the Arthritis Foundation, time in a hot tub creates a healing environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness.
“The research shows our ancestors got it right. It makes you feel better. It makes the joints looser. It reduces pain and it seems to have a somewhat prolonged effect that goes beyond the period of immersion,” said Bruce E. Becker, MD, director of the National Aquatics & Sports Medicine Institute at Washington State University in Spokane.
The water’s buoyancy relieves stress on joints and muscles to encourage better movement, decreases swelling and inflammation, and increases circulation.