If You’re Living with Fibromyalgia, Aquatic Therapy Can Help
Are You Ready to Find Relief for Your Fibromyalgia Symptoms?
If you are suffering from chronic pain that is accompanied by fatigue, changes in mood, or irregular sleep patterns, you may be dealing with a serious physiological condition, known as fibromyalgia. Aquatic therapy at Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy & Balance Center may be beneficial for you.
Aquatic therapy is a good option for those searching for long-lasting relief from chronic pain. Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center is proud to offer an aquatic therapy program suited for patients dealing with fibromyalgia. The soothing effects of water help to alleviate muscle pain and take the stress off the joints and spine without forcing you to feel increased pain.
If you can identify, contact Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center today to request an appointment with one of our skilled and experienced therapists. We can help provide relief for your fibromyalgia.
So, what exactly is fibromyalgia?
The exact causes of fibromyalgia are still unclear, although some medical experts believe it may be caused by an overactive sympathetic nervous system – the part of your body that elicits “fight or flight” responses.
This theory makes sense, as people tend to develop their first symptoms of fibromyalgia after experiencing a physically or emotionally traumatic event, though it has never been scientifically proven.
Fibromyalgia is somewhat of an umbrella term used to describe someone who is experiencing a certain combination of symptoms.
Some people who develop fibromyalgia begin with chronic bouts of stress or depression, while other symptoms build over time.
Fibromyalgia also tends to affect more women than men, and your likelihood of developing it increases if you have a family member with the same condition.
The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Fluctuations in mood
- Forgetfulness or disorientation
- Disrupted sleep cycles/irregular sleep schedules
- Sensitivity to touch/numbness
- Chronic and/or sharp muscle pains
- Tender areas of the body
Aquatic therapy and fibromyalgia relief
At Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center, we can provide effective treatments for both managing symptoms in the long-term and regaining optimum function to your body. It is normal to experience a little bit of pain from time to time. You may feel sore from exercising too much, or you may stub your toe on a piece of furniture. Most of the time, you’re able to shake it off or take ibuprofen and go about your day.
However, sometimes you can experience pain that’s widespread and chronic, failing to diminish despite your best efforts. This can cause a large impact on your life that anti-inflammatory drugs simply will not fix.
Since fibromyalgia is not a disease, but rather a range of symptoms, there is no single, surefire treatment for the condition. Our physical and occupational therapists will examine your physical abilities, analyze your medical history, and discuss your current symptoms, in order to design a treatment plan that will fit your unique needs.
Primary physicians will typically prescribe some sort of pain medication or an anti-depressant to manage symptoms; however, those medications do not address the chronic nature of the condition or the loss of function that chronic pain and distress typically bring.
Aquatic therapy treatments will typically begin with pain-relieving movements to provide relief and promote healing. After this, your treatments will shift toward active therapies, such as muscle strengthening, range-of-motion activities, and cardiovascular exercises.
Ready to find relief for fibromyalgia?
Studies have shown that cardiovascular exercise paired with postural strengthening activities not only relieves widespread pain, but also increases energy levels, improves sleep, and elevates mood.
Regardless of where you are on your journey, it is possible to find relief from even your worst fibromyalgia symptoms, through our aquatic therapy services.
Contact Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center today at Port Charlotte, FL for your appointment today and find out how we can get you started on the road to recovery.