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Hydrotherapy involves the use of water for pain relief and exercise. It takes advantage of the physical properties of water, such as the temperature and the pressure, for therapeutic purposes, to stimulate blood circulation and treat the symptoms of certain diseases, injuries and conditions.
The hydrotherapy class I attend is a combination of walking in warm water and gentle movements in water such as squats which are much easier to do in water than out of the water and balance exercises. The program is run by a physiotherapist and many of the participants in the class have rheumatoid arthritis.
Studies done at the Universities in Spain and Portugal showed participants doing hydro experienced improvement in their fibromyalgia symptoms including:
(3) daily activities
(4) pain and discomfort
(5) anxiety or depression.
So far I have only done 2 sessions, and I know these improvements need to be felt over the long term, but mostly it has all been the opposite to improvement (whatever that word is?)
I have felt less improvement in (1) (2) and (3) and more of (4). The only thing that may have improved is (5) because on one day a week I get out of the house to do something for myself and when in the water I actually feel good and positive. But the night time is when the problems start and the next day and night and then the next day and night too! The pain is so bad that it wakes me at night and I am taking extra painkillers. This is extra pain that I don't usually have. This is not good!
Do you think it will slowly settle down over the weeks and I will get these improvements mentioned in the study? Stay tuned for the next hydrotherapy update.
Water Exercises for Fibromyalgia: The Gentle Way to Relax And Reduce Pain