Arthritis is a word that originates in the Greek language and translates from arthro, meaning joint and it is meaning inflammation. There are a number of different types of this painful condition with some of the most common being osteoarthritis which causes the joints to become painful and stiff and most commonly affects the knees, small joints in the hands and the hips. Acute arthritis is another common one that causes pain and swelling as well as heat and redness. We tend to think of arthritis affecting us as we grow older but young people can suffer from a condition known as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis with pain ,tenderness and swelling of the joints sometimes leading to impaired growth.

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Surprisingly arthritis can also be caused by bacterial infections and fungi. These are only a few examples but no matter what is causing the disease the sufferer will want to do as much as they can to relieve the pain and discomfort and disruption to their life.

It’s usual to be prescribed a variety of different drugs to deal with the symptoms of this painful condition, however many people would prefer to take a different approach and in addition to the usual medication, they have begun to use a hot tub as well and we’ve teamed up with Vita Spa to find out more.

Heat can be particularly helpful to those in pain and the benefits provided by using a hot tub have been recognised by the Arthritis Foundation for many of their members. Stiff and painful joints can become much more mobile after a session in the warm water and the massage jets can help even further by increasing that mobility. Add to that the fact that the heat can help to eliminate toxins from the body and you can see why hot tub therapy is rapidly becoming a recommended alternative therapy.