Fibromyalgia is a common chronic condition characterized by widespread pain, diffuse tenderness, and a number of other symptoms. Fibromyalgia affects the muscles and soft tissues. Symptoms include chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems and painful tender points or trigger points and sometimes associated fatigue and depression. While there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, physical therapy may help ease the symptoms of pain.
Studies have proven that if a person can exercise at least three times a week, even low impact exercises, it will help control fibromyalgia pain and muscle tenderness. Exercise has shown to relieve fatigue and depression, and always helps people feel better about them. Exercise helps your mood, helps you sleep better and helps you overcome chronic pain. If traditional exercises or stretching is too painful, there is an alternative form of exercise which can be done in water known as aqua Therapy or aqua exercises.
Why Aqua therapy?
If your muscles are extremely stiff or you are living with a chronic unrelenting pain, traditional exercise is an intimidating task, whereas Aqua therapy could be a wonderful adjunct to developing a perfect exercise routine. It could also prove to be a great alternative for those dealing with obesity in addition to their fibromyalgia.
- Aqua Therapy exercises improve blood flow to muscles and tendons without stressing your joints.
- It actually provides a three-dimensional resistance to movement so muscles develop more equally in all directions.
- Water exerts hydrostatic pressure on your body, which reduces swelling and discomfort. It helps improve fitness while treating your pain at the same time.
- The natural buoyancy of water helps you move and allows you to exercise in ways that would otherwise be painful. It eliminates painful tissues and joints and provides an ease of movement that is not possible with routine exercise for those suffering with fibromyalgia.
- You need not know how to swim. If you sign up for aquatic therapy classes, the instructor will train you to exercise in shallow water and if you are taken to the deeper end of the pool.
- Your therapist will also help you in achieving a pain free exercise routine. Help you to overcome stress and depression by using floatation techniques in water with Aqua floatation devices which will ultimately relax your stiff joints and muscles and help you improve sleep.
How could we help you in managing fibromyalgia?
Our expert therapists hep you in managing your condition effectively with a customised treatment plan based on your symptoms. It may include a combination of physiotherapy exercises, stretching, aquatic therapy, strength and endurance training. We help you set realistic goals in managing your condition and successfully get you through achieving it.
The aim of the treatment approach would be to help you
- Reduce Pain and symptoms
- Improve flexibility and functional ability
- Reduce associated stress and depression
- Keep you fit and going in a long run