Hydrotherapy is an effective form of treatment for various aches and pains. It can soothe tense muscles as well as decrease swelling or inflammation.
A doctor may suggest that you try hydrotherapy to help with a condition or pain you have, so it is good to look into. It can help various conditions in a potentially less expensive and natural way.
There are some people who should not use this treatment though, so ensure that you talk to your care physician or doctor first.
That is something you should do for any treatment, so ensure that you do always talk to your doctor about if it is right for you or not. Still, learning about it could be helpful.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that, while it cannot be cured, can be treated with hydrotherapy. Various forms of hydrotherapy help ease the body pains that patients with Fibromyalgia get frequently. Exercising in pools and water can also help strengthen the muscles, which could help.
What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a lifelong condition that affects the joints and muscles. It causes moderate to severe recurring pain is various places that can make various things in life difficult. Fibromyalgia, also known as FMS, is not life threatening though.
Since the pain varies it can either just be a nuisance or actually damage one’s daily and social life. The symptoms, for some, have made the condition seem almost like a long-lasting, annoying flu.
Some get random spouts of drowsiness or have issues sleeping. There are other conditions that could be brought on by the lasting trauma the body goes through with Fibromyalgia, so it is important to keep your body healthy. Decreasing the pain levels can limit the other problems your body may develop from FMS.
Symptoms of FMS:
- Various tender points on body
- Constant/Recurring muscle or joint pain
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Insomnia and other sleeping issues
- Increase in headaches
- Memory and concentration issues
- Possible Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
What Is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is a type of therapy that can help relieve various pains as well as ease tense muscles. It involves a form of water, frozen or hot, and utilizes the healing properties the water has.
It is one of the oldest forms of treatments, since it is natural and easily available. Water is able to soothe muscles in a way that some treatments cannot, so it is definitely a treatment to look into for various conditions.
Types of Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy is a compilation of various techniques or types of treatments available. Hydrotherapy can be used for multiple reasons in different ways; each way can help different symptoms and issues.
Talk to a doctor or care physician to find the best form for you. The types of hydrotherapy available are icing, cold or hot compresses, and baths.
Icing: Icing is the act of using ice cubes, or ice packs, to help reduce swelling and inflammation. Holding the wrapped ice to the part of your body that aches for around 20 minutes every few hours can help decrease the pain and swelling.
Compresses: There are different types of compresses, such as cold, hot, or tepid. The varying temperature can help different levels of body pain, and sometimes switching between temperatures can help better.
Simply soak a towel or cloth in the water, choose whichever temperature is recommended to you by your doctor, and wring it out so it is damp enough to rest on the pained body part.
Baths: There are many types of Hydrotherapy baths such as Warm and Cold Foot Bath, Steam Inhalation and Bath, Hip or Sitz Bath, Full Bath etc.
You can invest in a good quality spa for your courtyard, and start doing a workout routine under the guidance of a professional therapist.
How Can Hydrotherapy Help?
I have already explained how hydrotherapy can be a useful form of treatment for Fibromyalgia, but I will expand on that more. The tension and pain from the muscles can be eased with different forms of hydrotherapy.
Easing the tension and pain can give relief to patients with Fibromyalgia so they can perform their usual activities without too much problem.
Icing or cold compresses is an easy way to ease the tension, and is natural; it is not a pill or medication. Because of this, it will not interfere with the medications someone with FMS is put on.
It can be used separately or together with various medications and treatments. Having a natural way of treating an ongoing condition can also be less costly, unless you put money into a pool or spa (which could be worth it in the long run).
The Benefits of Trying Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy can be a cheap way to help ease the ongoing pain, as making ice or getting cold and hot compresses is not too expensive.
It is not a medication and has potential to help every day. If a doctor approves of the treatment, then it is definitely a good treatment to look forward to.
Hydrotherapy is just one out of many treatments used to help those with Fibromyalgia. It is able to ease the ongoing pain that comes with the condition so people can still enjoy their daily lives.
It is not that expensive compared to pills and other invasive treatments, but can be costly if you choose to really devote yourself to it.
Buying a pool or spa can cost a lot but could be worth it if it truly helps and is something you would use frequently.
The various types of hydrotherapy, including icing and compresses, can decrease the swelling or inflammation in very tender places.
Since Fibromyalgia is an ongoing condition and cannot be truly healed, hydrotherapy can be an easy or fun way to relax your sore muscles.
Taking ice packs and compresses places is fairly easy, so you can have treatments with you even when you are at work or other places.
I would just like to repeat that it is very important that, like any other treatment, you bring up hydrotherapy and how it could help or harm you to your doctor. Ensure that this is right for you and will not worsen other conditions you may have.
Those who are pregnant, have diabetes or heart condition, severe osteoporosis, or other issues that the doctor can elaborate on, should not use hydrotherapy.