Water Therapy??? Good or Bad for FM

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by sfrazier, Jun 7, 2006.

  1. sfrazier

    sfrazier New Member

    I'm starting water therapy this week and just wondering what opinions are out here. When they were going through some of those tests I figured I was worse off then the other time I was there. Wasn't what I wanted to notice. Before they just gave me stretches to do but said that water therapy is a lot better. I would appreciate any advice on this one. Thanks.....SueF
  2. rockyjs

    rockyjs Member

    Sue, water therapy is the only thing I've ever done that actually felt good. It's probably important to be sure the pool is actually a therapy pool with warmer temperature so your muscles relax better.

    The PTs tend to be a bit aggressive...just start out slowly and do gentle moves and float a lot with the noodles. There are all kinds of water toys like boogie boards, styrofoam dumbbells, rubber tubing, etc that seem to be pretty harmless, but can actually make you quite sore.

    Unfortunately I became allergic to the chlorine in the therapy pool and developed rashes so I had to quit. But it was wonderful while it lasted!

    Jan
  3. JewelRA

    JewelRA New Member

    I have forced myself to continue my water exercise even on my worst weeks. It is one thing that gives me some relief and keeps my muscles working.

    The doctor I saw yesterday who finally actually gave me a FM diagnosis actually wrote me a prescription for water therapy.

    Happy swimming! :)
  4. sfrazier

    sfrazier New Member

    So far the responses have been good. I was actually given a script to have this also. I toured the pool area and all of that today. In the dressing room they even have the floors heated so that the water dries quicker then norm. The pool is heated and has 3,4,5 and 6 feet. I was told most of the excersies would be done in the 4 feet which is really good cause i'm only 5 foot. lol. but they also have a corner of the pool that has those spots that shoot out water like a jaquezee (sp) and that is used as both excerse and relaxation. Now i just have to get over the fear of putting a swimming suite on. lol. Gained a few pounds since this thing and the pills. I'll just need to find a really big tee shirt. lol. Thanks guys.....SueF
  5. Tibbiecow

    Tibbiecow New Member

    I have a certified WATSU practitioner who knows her stuff about fibro, who will be helping me get exercise in the water soon. I really enjoy the WATSU, and have not been strong enough yet to begin water exercise.

    It is VERY important that you have a physical therapist who understands fibro, and that you should NOT EVER be pushed beyond what a fibro person can handle. A physical therapist can do serious damage, in or out of water, if they use 'normal' tactics to strengthen and exercise you.
  6. notthtblonde

    notthtblonde New Member

    My husband was thinking about buying me a hot tub to see if it would help. Does anyone have one or tried it? It isn't the same as water therapy but I wonder if the jets and the warm water would help.
  7. wendye

    wendye Member

    I have a hot tub and the warm water feels wonderful. The jets help alot. The only thing i found is that as soon as I get out all the pains come back. It is real relaxing though and sometimes I get in twice a day.
  8. sfrazier

    sfrazier New Member

    the people and the therapist are all believers of fibro or i wouldn't even think of going there. also after this long i'm not one to not speak up and say that is hurting me. I honestly don't know if i'm strong enough to do this or not. I just know that something needs to happen. When sleeping on a regular bed only makes you hurt worse in the morning then sleeping on the couch does i have to do something. beside i was denied at my ssd hearing again because the judge said that i was over stating the severity of it just to get disability and would not believe my doctor cause he was only going off of what i said. now i have to refile all over again and am coving all bases too. but just the thought of feeling even a little bit better is worth it. i take 13 pills now just at night so that i can sleep. also notthtblonde first I love your name. I think i can relate to that somedays but yes a hot tub would be good for the fibro. the only thing you have to remember is that it relaxs your muscles so don't just step out into the cold. make sure the room is warm where the hot tub is too or it might be a big shock for you muscles....SueF
  9. JLH

    JLH New Member

    IS GREAT!!

    I have taken the Arthritis Foundation's warm water aerobic classes and they do make you feel so much better.

    Being in the water doing the exercises is the ONLY way I will exercise!! LOL

    The water is sooooo relaxing.

    I imagine a hot tub would make you relaxed, too; however, you can't do any exercises in them and reep the benefit from the exercise. Also, if you have high blood pressure, you can't stay in a hot tub for very long.
  10. Lolalee

    Lolalee New Member

    You have gotten unanimous positive responses, so I think you should definitely give it a try. Unfortunately my experience was not positive and I did try it for several weeks. I took a water aerobics class and as hard as I tried to go at my own pace and not keep up with the hard-working class, I couldn't. In the water you do not feel the intensity of the exercises until it is too late.

    I needed help getting out of the pool and my symptoms flared terribly. I have CFIDS as well as FMS, so that is probably why it did not work for me.

    Just try to go easy.

    Lola
  11. sfrazier

    sfrazier New Member

    From my impression this is a one on one session with a physical therapist who will instruct me on some excersises and then after I am familiar with them I will be allowed to do them whenever I want. While it is water arobics this is to help the pain and not loose the weight. lol. I can hope that it might help with the weight but I'll be happy just to get rid of a little of the pain. I don't think I would ever join a water arobics class. I'm so out of shape a 90 year old grandma could do better them. lol. Call your hospital or talk to your doctor about water physical therapy. You have to have a doctor write a script in order to go. Hopefully there is one right there where you live. Good luck.
  12. Lolalee

    Lolalee New Member

    I'm glad that your water therapy is different than what I did. I did have a script for water therapy with a Physical Therapist many years ago. It didn't help me, but as I recall the person assigned to me was not very familiar with my illness. Did me more harm back then.

    These days there is more awareness and better trained Phys Therapists for water therapy.

    I just started seeing a new doctor who has given me a script for physical therapy, but it is not water therapy. It is for stretching and massage and modalities. Hopefully, this will help because nothing else has.

    All the best to you, SFrazier.

    Lolalee
  13. sfrazier

    sfrazier New Member

    Thanks loralee for the best wishes. i did regular physical therapy when i was first dx'ed and i didn't feel any better. however my therapist was familiar with fibro. I think the fibro and the chronic fatuge are getting better recognized as something more then just all in your head. There are still doctors and therapist that might still think that but the younger doctors are more open to it. Just wish it was easier to find them. I lucked out though and my regular doctor dx'ed me right away and sent me to several other specialist. I also used the dr. list on here and that is the one that i am staying with now. Now if only social security would start believing in these a lot of people would be better off. Take care and good luck......SueF
  14. Tibbiecow

    Tibbiecow New Member

    Sue,
    My water-therapist is very concerned that I tell her IMMEDIATELY if something hurts, or even is uncomfortable. This way she can do her best not to cause any damage.

    Something she did last time caused a bit of pain for me, and we stopped to discuss it. She wanted to know where, how much, shooting or aching, etc right away. It was a small spasm, moderately intense but very quick, just shy of 'flinch' but I didn't feel any more. This gives us both information about what is going on in my body, what to continue with, take it easy on, and avoid.

    In other words, I guess that I am recommending a therapist who is REALLY knowledgeable about how NOT to hurt you, and that you trust enough to say 'ouch' to.

    I would also recommend that you start with WATSU therapy. There is no active movement on your part; the warm water and the therapist support you in the water and move your joints and muscles for you. Once your body can deal with this you can go on to water exercise.

    Do a search on WATSU on this site, and the internet. You'll find it highly recommended for fibro.

    Good luck,
    Tibbie
  15. Scarlett2

    Scarlett2 New Member

    I have FM, OA and DDD and started with water therapy classes for people with arthritis in December. I did that for 2 months, then since that got a bit easier, I switched to water pilates. All that does is help stretch the muscles and since those of us with FM, that's a big bonus! I had thought about doing aerobics, but I don't think I could do that, so I'm just going to stay with the water pilates since that feels sooooo good!! Hope it works for you too!

    Scarlett
  16. Tibbiecow

    Tibbiecow New Member

  17. sfrazier

    sfrazier New Member

    It actually went pretty good. it was a very light work out really should say just streatching and walking in the water. she told me that if anything hurt that she wanted to know because she wanted me to feel the stretch but not pain. She also said that she will want to know how i felt the next day or so afterwards cause that way they can tell if they need to go even lighter or if they can up it some. Had to take a darvocet when i got home so we will see how tomorrow does....SueF