Hot Tubs & Fibromyalgia


Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle and connective tissue pain. Although the cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, the pain is still very real. Most people with Fibromyalgia suffer from chronic pain, severe fatigue, muscle spasms, and weakness in the limbs. The treatment for this disorder varies from aerobic exercise to prescribed medicine. Surprisingly, however, people who have fibromyalgia have been known to utilize water to alleviate pain and muscle spasms.

According Aquatic Therapy Journal, “an aquatic environment is an ideal setting for working with Fibromyalgia clients.”

Specifically, the setting should be a therapeutic spa heated between 91 and 94 degrees Fahrenheit. Warmth promotes relaxation while patients are exercising. Most patients with fibromyalgia do not want to move, exercise, or even continue with their daily routines, so it is amazing that, through the use of heated water, these patients are living a healthier life. Much like arthritis, Fibromyalgia will not be alleviated if you do not move around and exercising. To make your muscles and joints feel better, we recommend the easiest form of exercise so you can control your pain. Some doctors recommend water aerobics, along with soaking and stretching in hot-water spas or baths. This will improve mobility among fibromyalgia sufferers. Patients who have experienced water treatments are more likely to continue exercising and engaging in other healthy habits. Stress management is another main concern for people who suffer with Fibromyalgia. Hydrotherapy has been introduced to fibromyalgia sufferers, bring to many of them an improvement in feeling and confidence. Having this disorder usually means your life is limited by the excruciating pain, but now sufferers can work out, become less stressed, and even feel good about themselves.

If hydrotherapy doesn’t help your symptoms, doctors also recommend massage therapy.

If you are interested in learning more about Fibromyalgia, CLICK HERE to be directed to the Fibromyalgia Network.