I believe in the power of a hot shower for warming up before a cold morning run or for a relaxing post-workout treat. A hot shower is also a natural way to relieve cold symptoms. The hot water and steam work like a natural decongestant, which can relieve sinus pressure too. Plus the shower will not only relax you, but it will moisturize your nasal passages as well. If you're running a slight fever, a hot shower can help break it.
Standing under a hot shower is also great way to relieve a a stiff neck. The heat relaxes the stiff muscles allowing for better neck movement. Sometimes, if I can stand it and the symptoms are new, I ice my neck for 10 minutes before jumping into the shower. A bag of frozen peas or corn does the trick. After the shower I usually go through these five moves to relieve shoulder tension, since a stiff neck and tense shoulders are usually related.
Do you use a hot shower medicinally? If so, tell me how in the comments section below.