How a Sauna Helps with Stiff Joints and Cold Weather

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Whether you have arthritis or just stiff joints in general, you know how the cold weather can affect it. When the weather changes, your joints start to get stiffer. This can be painful and, quite frankly, annoying. We have some good news, though. Spending time in a sauna helps with stiff joints and cold weather.

How does a sauna help with stiff joints?

Some joint stiffness occurs with age, but inflammation is also a factor for many people. Inflammation occurs when something is irritating your body, such as overuse of your joints or the wearing down of cartilage in your joints. Other than medication, some of the best ways to treat this inflammation is with activity and by increasing your blood circulation.

So if activity to increase blood circulation helps with stiff joints, where does the sauna come in? While activity is helpful, there are many ways to increase your blood circulation. By sitting in a sauna for just 15-20 minutes, your blood vessels widen and blood cells are able to get to your inflamed joints more quickly, easing the pain and stiffness.

But what about the cold weather?

What is it about the cold weather that makes joints more stiff? There’s a few contributing factors, actually:

  1. You’re moving less
  2. You’re not drinking as much water
  3. Your body’s fluids thicken

All of these things just naturally happen in the winter, but you don’t need to feel bad if this applies to you. It’s cold outside, so you’re not going outside to walk or exercise. You’re not sweating as soon as you walk out the door, so you’re not drinking as much water. And the fluid in between your joints just naturally thickens at this time of year; there’s no preventing that.

But, you can ease these symptoms. If you need warm weather to motivate you, that’s just what a sauna is for. During your session, you’ll work up a sweat and drink more water. Working up a sweat may make you more motivated to exercise, or maybe exercising is part of your sauna routine. Whatever it is, you at least have to walk to the sauna to use it, so you’re already adding a bit of activity into your day. 

Plus, if you have inflammation in your joints, you may have excess cartilage fluid. When this fluid thickens, it makes the joints even stiffer. As we mentioned, a sauna session can help with inflammation and, in turn, the excess fluid. It’s a win-win-win. 

Get help with stiff joints and cold weather

Some gyms may offer saunas as an added benefit. But, stiff joints and cold weather are an ongoing issue. They’re not going to go away after one sauna session. So, the easiest way to get the benefits you need is by having a sauna in your own home.

At Texas Hot Tub Company, we can help you design a custom cut Finnleo® sauna. This sauna will be designed to fit exactly the space you have and meet your unique needs. Contact us today to learn more.


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