Not all rheumatoid arthritis relief is found in the medicine cabinet. Here are some easy ways to relieve your pain.

•    Take a long and very warm shower first thing in the morning to ease rheumatoid arthritis pain. Heat from the shower stream helps reduce morning stiffness.

•    Soak in a warm bath or whirlpool. By immersing yourself in heat, pain will melt away.

•    Buy a moist heat pad from the drugstore, or make one at home by putting a wet wash cloth in a freezer bag and heating it in the microwave for one minute. Wrap the hot pack in a towel and place it over the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes.

•    To soothe stiff and painful joints in your hands, apply mineral oil to your hands, put on rubber dishwashing gloves, and place your hands in hot tap water for 5 to 10 minutes.

•    Incorporate other warming elements into your daily routines, such as warming your clothes in the dryer before dressing or using an electric blanket and turning it up before getting out of bed.

A physical therapist can give you many additional ideas for using heat to temporarily relieve rheumatoid arthritis pain.