Treatment of Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Pain
Exercising has been proven to release endorphins to the brain while reducing pain and helping to heal the body. However, it’s hard to exercise if you’re in a constant state of discomfort. In the Transitions Aquatic Therapy pool, even patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain can exercise without causing pain or discomfort.
The Assistance of Buoyancy
As the water level in the pool is raised, the body becomes more buoyant which decreases the amount of weight bearing on your joints and muscles. This means the constant tension, pressure, and stress on the joints and muscles is eliminated.
Relaxation is one of the most important aspects of controlling arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain. The warm water of the pool brings relief by providing sensory stimulation to the entire body. This can help create kinesthetic awareness of the body, aiding in relaxation and stress relief. By localizing the areas of pain, warm water and a spa jet massage are effective in reducing your overall discomfort.
The hydromassage hose allows the participant to get a focused massage for sore, aching muscles while helping to reduce joint pain. Hydromassage allows you to soothe arthritic joints, manipulate scar tissue, or simply relieve aching muscles. It’s like having a professional masseuse at your fingertips!
The American Arthritis Foundation has recommended aquatic rehabilitation and exercise for those suffering with arthritis because immersion in water decreases the weight-bearing through the lower extremity joints and allows exercises to be performed with less pain. Gentle, low-impact exercises have been shown to be effective in the reduction of pain, swelling, and stiffness associated with arthritis when combined with a well-balanced diet and weight-loss.