Aquatic Therapy and Fibromyalgia

This time of year brings colder conditions. With these colder temperatures it is very hard on those that suffer from arthritis and fibromyalgia. Aquatic therapy is an excellent way to relieve some of the aspects of the debilitating effects that these issues can sometime bring.

Whether you work out on land or do water exercise, if you have fibromyalgia, you can expect an improvement in pain and overall physical function. However, some studies suggest that a pool-based workout, such as water aerobics, may do more to improve your sleep quality and your overall mood than a land-based activity such as walking or dancing. Water exercise helps people with fibromyalgia feel less pain, sleep better, move more easily, and generally feel more positive about life. Advanced Rehabilitation can answer any questions if you consider signing up for water aerobics and start enjoying the benefits of aquatic therapy.

Some benefits of Aquatic Therapy are:

  • Reduce tender-point count
  • Reduce pain
  • Boost cognitive function
  • Improve functional capacity
  • Improve mental health
  • Decrease body fat
  • Make you perceive your condition as less severe

 

Warm water can be very comforting. The exercise gets blood flow to muscles and tendons. And if you’re in the water, your joints are not being stressed during exercise. Also, water offers resistance, which helps muscles get stronger. The natural buoyancy of water helps you move, so you can do exercises that would otherwise be painful. These exercises can be done with an instructor or a physical therapist, contact Advanced Rehabilitation today at any of our 3 locations to see what will work for you.