Do hot tubs help sore joints? Can they help RSI sufferers?
Hot tubs were the focus of a recent article posted at Ergoweb: Hot Tubs Offer Therapy - and More - for Aging Americans. After reading the article, I think the only reason they posted it was because the world "ergonomic" came up a couple times (and I'm not sure the author was using it correctly). It doesn't really say much other than that hot tub sales are increasing as Baby Boomers reach their 50s and 60s and that they may be helpful for those with arthritis.
I have nothing against hot tubs, but I haven't noticed them doing much for the kind of ache that comes from RSI. My parents have a hot tub, and I frequently take a relaxing soak when I visit, but the hot water seems more likely to aggravate my hands if I'm having a bad hand week. I have seen hot tubs with "carpal tunnel jets" which I have not had a chance to try yet, and it'd be interesting to experience if nothing else.
Thoughts, anyone? Does hot water help your repetitive stress injuries?
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