Hot and cold treatments
Applications of hot and cold treatments may help to ease many rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Heat applications can help to relax your muscles while promoting healthy blood flow. Apply heat using heating pads or a towel that has been steamed. Applying cold treatments can help to reduce swelling in joints and inflammation. Soaking in a hot tub or shower may also help to sooth and relax stiff muscles. Many doctors recommend applying an ice pack to an affected joint during a rheumatoid arthritis flare-up. Cold compresses should be applied in 15-minute sessions with about 30 minutes in between applications.