Aquatic exercise is often the best and least painful option for those suffering from chronic pain.
Treatment of fibromyalgia (FM) is often complex. It is important to use a graded exercise program supervised by a medical professional to avoid increased pain. Beginning an exercise program with an experienced physical therapist insures you receive instruction in an exercise program that won’t exacerbate your pain.
- FM patients often experience worsening pain with repetition of pressure. Aquatic PT allows for decreased weight bearing on the joints with exercise.
- FM patients often feel pain at lower levels of stimulation than others. Muscles do not produce as much lactic acid during water exercise which results in decreased soreness.
- The buoyancy of the water assists with raising limbs to improve flexibility and range of motion. This is less painful to a person who has increased sensitivity to touch than having a physical therapist manually manipulate the painful joint.
- Water walking eliminates the risk of injury from falls by providing a safe environment for patients with balance impairments.
All treatments are conducted by a licensed PT, in the pool with you, throughout your treatment session.