Your therapeutic oasis! Hot tubs can help with arthritis

February 22, 2024

Did you know? There are about fifty-four million adults in the U.S. suffering from some type of arthritis. There are over 100 variations of the condition that have been identified. Arthritis, which affects our joints, can cause pain, stiffness, swelling and make doing some very basic tasks sometimes daunting. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are definitely ways to manage it and improve day to day life: exercise, weight management and medication. But, if you want to integrate a tried and true natural method, a hot tub could be the perfect answer.

There is a terrific array of real benefits that soaking will provide to those living with arthritis. Consider these:


  • The pain experienced from arthritis can be eased with soaking in 102-104 degree water. As you soak, your blood vessels will dilate as your body heats, improving blood flow and helping ease pain and stiffness.
  • Immersion in hot water provides instant aid, thanks to the buoyancy you experience. It relieves pressure on your joints, providing relief.
  • Let’s talk about jets! Adjustable jets in a hot tub that combine the power of air and hot water can help massage away muscle tenderness and facilitate flexibility.
  • The buoyancy and heat experienced during a hot tub soak make it the perfect place to do some stretches that can increase your range of movement and help eliminate stiffness.
  • Stress can exacerbate the symptoms of arthritis. It’s been well documented that regular hot tub soaks greatly alleviate stress, thanks to the increased production of dopamine and endorphins. You’ll emerge feeling better physically, mentally and emotionally!


The key to maximizing the benefits of hot water for arthritis is consistent soaks. You should consult with your doctor to determine the right regimen for you to follow. In general, regular hot tub sessions that last anywhere from 15-30 minutes at least 3-4 times per week should help you realize the cumulative effects. It should help improve your range of motion as well as help reduce pain associated with arthritis.

The line of Hot Spring Spas we carry at Olympic have the added benefit of saltwater soaking! Not only will you be immersing yourself in healthier water, but you’ll also be using fewer bottled water care products, limiting exposure to any harsh chemicals. You’d love the way it makes you feel!