For arthritis sufferers, pain is an everyday reality. While medical treatment such as pain relievers and physical therapy can help to alleviate some of the discomfort, the growing trend is for patients to buy a hot tub to use at home. It not only helps to lessen the daily pain, it can also be used by other members of the household for relaxation. It provides quality time for family and friends while improving the quality of life for arthritis sufferers.

Heat has long been a means of soothing sore muscles and ebbing the aches and pains associated with arthritis. Hot tub heaters increase the water temperature to help bathers relax by diminishing the inflammation in tense and swollen muscles and tissue.

The exertion of pressure to backs, legs, arms and joints allows blood flow in the body to increase. This, in turn, increases the flow of oxygen circulation in the body and reduces inflammation.

Soaking in water is helpful for arthritis sufferers because the buoyancy effect reduces the strain and extra effort needed to move and exercise joints and muscles. The reduction in gravity also makes movement easier, promoting a feeling of weightlessness.

The combination of hot tub pumps powering air jets and heated water increase the body's production of adrenaline. Adrenaline helps to reduce joint swelling, especially under water.

When heat, relaxation, buoyancy and pressure combine, sore muscles from swelling and inflammation of the joints have a chance to subside. This reduces pain and, in turn, lowers blood pressure which is elevated by pain. For arthritis sufferers looking for relief from daily symptoms beyond medication and therapy, a hot tub might just be what the doctor ordered.