Advantages of Water for People With Fibromyalgia

Controversy over denied beach access due to the coronavirus has brought to mind the large role that water plays in fibromyalgia treatment. Not that the ocean is where I wish to be at this time. The nearby ocean temperatures are way too cold for me! For now, I’m content (relatively speaking) to stay at home and be safe from infection. My rheumatologist recommended warm water therapy soon after my fibromyalgia diagnosis. As a water person, this was not a hardship for me. For nearly 20 years I was fortunate to live near either a YMCA or a hotel that sold annual pool memberships. One of these spots was my after-work destination three or more times a week. During those years I managed to work full time, be a soccer mom, and attend college at night. I can only conclude that water therapy was beneficial for me. However, as the cost of electricity went up, the temperature of those pools went down. In time, the benefits were lost. An 87 F pool is therapeutic for me. An 80 F pool is not. In fact, it causes my muscles to contract, and it increases my pain. My desire to swim year-round was a deciding factor in my move to southern California. Sadly, in the 20 years I’ve lived here, I haven’t found an acceptable option. One issue is that I’ve become so sensitized to chlorine that my eyes water and I feel nauseous after entering an indoor pool area. I prefer outdoor heated pools. However, none of the pools near my home are priced within my budget.                                                                                                                         Reference:

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