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What temperature is best when using heat therapy for arthritis?

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When using moist heat therapy, make sure the temperature is not so hot that you burn your skin. Find a temperature that you can comfortably tolerate, whether using a bath, hot water bottle, or spa therapy.

You also need to give it time to work. Use the moist heat application for at least 15 minutes before exercise. Then use it again immediately following exercise. You can also use moist heat anytime you want additional relief from arthritis pain.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Use Heat and Cold."

American College of Rheumatology: "Back Pain."

American Physical Therapy Association: "What You Need to Know About Arthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases: "Back Pain."

McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Marlowe, 2007. A Diet for a Pain-Free Life,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 19, 2017

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Use Heat and Cold."

American College of Rheumatology: "Back Pain."

American Physical Therapy Association: "What You Need to Know About Arthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases: "Back Pain."

McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Marlowe, 2007. A Diet for a Pain-Free Life,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 19, 2017

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