Water Therapy for Reduced Fibromyalgia Pain

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Regular exercise has many benefits; a sharper mind, stronger body, and a happier person, among others. For those suffering from fibromyalgia, getting the exercise necessary can be very difficult. If coping with muscle and joint paint causes too much worry in you or a loved one struggling with fibromyalgia, you may lack the motivation to get any physical exercise at all. However, studies find that aerobic or cardiovascular exercise can greatly reduce the physical symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Without regular exercise, muscles can weaken, causing even more pain on the patient. Water therapy is a great alternative to the more strenuous cardio workouts like running.

Why Swimming?

A recent medical study took 33 women suffering from fibromyalgia and split them into two groups. While one group completed no water therapy, the other took to the pool at least three times a week, for an hour each time. After 8 months, the women who used water activity as exercise had significant pain reduction and generally improved their quality of life.

Benefits of Water Therapy

Swimming is a great cardiovascular workout, but also works the major muscle groups with its strength training properties. Because of the buoyancy people have in water, swimming exercises are naturally easier on the body and the joints. The regular exercise done in the pool will improve flexibility, stamina, and energy; all problems associated with fibromyalgia.


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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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