Why Water is Beneficial for Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Patients
With the inflammation caused by Arthritis and the chronic pain associated with Fibromyalgia, managing these symptoms is a daily challenge. More and more patients are finding that relaxation and aquatic therapy are two of the most important elements to keeping your body healthy.
Exercising in a HydroWorx pool allows for the patient to maintain relaxation while exercising. The warm water allows for the body to receive sensory stimulation, which relaxes the muscles and takes away the unnecessary stress to the joints. While the patient exercises in the pool, 80% of their body weight is removed, so 20% of their weight is putting stress on their body. The pool also allows for patients to manage pain while using the HydroWorx massage hose for relaxing and healing injured tissue.
There are many benefits that result from exercising with an underwater treadmill that allow the body to relieve stress and muscle soreness. These include: relaxation, increased joint range of motion, pain relief, enhanced mobility, improved flexibility, removing weight from joints and bones, and many other benefits that decrease the side effects of chronic pain conditions.
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Since many arthritis and joint replacement patients are prohibited from a land-based exercise program because of pain, aquatic therapy offers relief and better outcomes through several of water’s intrinsic properties. Kurt Stork, PT, Director of Rehabilitation at Four States Physical Therapy & Aquatic Rehabilitation & Premier Surgical Institute, provides you with reasons and outcomes as to why use aquatic therapy works. To find out more about how aquatic therapy and exercise can be beneficial for those suffering from osteoarthritis or joint replacements, download this tipsheet!