:idea: Hot packs may help relax tightened and sore muscles around the joint.
Using moist heat is especially useful in treating back pain caused by muscle spasms from strain and tension. The heat and rest will gradually relax the muscle in spasm, give joint pain treatment restoring its normal length and relieving pain.
But if you have any inflammation, swelling or immediately after an injury, use an ice pack instead for 15-20 minutes before switching to heat. Ice packs can also be used for joint pain. Dont use ice if you have poor circulation or vasculitis.
If using hot or cold packs, use for only 15-20 minutes at a time. Also dont forget to put a towel between your skin and the hot/cold pack.
I know you love soaking in a hottub and warm water, but make sure the water isnt too hot. This may cause dizziness or fatigue.
Hope this helps out!
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