Positive effect of warm water / warmth on joint pains

  • Community Lead

    The multiple confirmed, experienced effect of reduced desire to crack joints when the joints are immersed in warm water supports the newest theory on the cause of Jointcracktitis labeled Hypermobile Joints / Lax liagments.

    It is common knowledge that warmth helps to loosen up stiff muscles:

    The soothing warmth and buoyancy of warm water make it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness.

  • Community Lead

    crazyedgiggles posted another confirmation that a hot shower has a postive effect on the joint pains:

    On another note though, it tends to feel a little sore in the morning, but feels much better after a hot shower. Maybe warm/hot water helps with joint pains?

    I will move this topic to Treatment.

  • hey everyone, I click my fingers more when its cold. I get a sort of mixed urge and pain in my hand and sometimes down my arm if i dont, and it is MUCH WORSE in cold weather or when my hands are cold. This might not happen to everyone but im sure there is a relationship between weather and the need to click.
    I also notice that the sound changes abit too. In cold weather the click is more 'clean' and slightly higher pitched, whereas in hot weather it is duller and more crunchy. Does anyone else get this? And would this suggest that the clicking is my ligaments and not the bubbles?

    Take care everyone!


  • Hi,

    I think the temperature definitely has something to do with the urge to crack joints. I tend to do it more in winter, and it seems less satisfying!

  • the cold weather is a b***h when it comes to cracking for me. it always seems to hurt a little bit, but that could be because i hate the cold and i sit huddled over like the hunchback of notre dame trying to warm up, and i get all stiff. anyway, only one of my hands gets cold, i do believe it's because i'm lopsided, but it always means that when i try to crack those knuckles, my fingers fall off in little frostbitten stumps.

  • I don't think it's the warm/cold weather that causes the urge to crack… I just think the cold causes the ACHE that leads me TO the urge. I had cause to move to a snowy climate recently (have been in temperate climates all my life) and it did increase the ache.

    I also noticed the joints are heavier when it's raining or there's a lot of moisture in the air.

  • I have noticed this.

    I notice when it is cold and i mean cold - my fingers become crackable much quicker and they feel stiffer. It also feels nicer when you release the tension but it hurts more when you do.

    It is hard though because my fingers go numb sometimes when it is pretty cold and even if they don't, it is hard to crack.

  • This is a good thread, yeah i reckon warm water calms muscles and bones or something. i think cold water might do too..

  • cold numbs it and aggrovates cracking.

  • I don't think this is rocket science. Oxygen is more soluble in cold liquids. Because of this the gas bubbles that form when a knuckle is cracked is likely more rapidly resorbed in a cold joint. Also, bercause of this increased solubility more gas can be dissolved in the cold joint. As a result of this in the cold you should be able to crack a joint more frequently and perhaps more loudly (assuming more gas relates to a louder crack).

  • now you put it that way, it does seem quite simple RK 😄

  • It is harder for me to crack my toes when very cold or a lot of excercise. And it hurts to do it sometimes too.

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