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Friday, October 7, 2011

Hydrotherapy For Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is one type of Rheumatic Disease. This condition is characterized by pain that is usually experienced throughout the entire body in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. In addition, patients commonly express that certain parts of their body are especially sensitive to touch.

These are called tender points and only slight pressure applied to these areas can cause pain. In many cases, the patient will also suffer from extreme fatigue and possibly depression. Symptoms can either get worse or better depending upon environmental circumstances such as the weather, physical activity or stress.

It has even been reported that symptoms seem to worsen at the end of the day. Medical research has discovered that in many cases, Fibromyalgia can be brought on by extreme emotional or physical trauma. This condition is especially frustrating because until recent years, the disease went un-diagnosed.

Many people went through extensive testing for their pain only to be told by their doctor that they couldn't find anything wrong with them. In the United States, almost 4 million people have now been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and in Australia, almost 300,000 people suffer with the disease. According to, there are over 80 million people suffering with Fibromyalgia worldwide in 120 countries.

Traditional methods of treatment for Rheumatic Diseases include aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen, corticosteroids like Prednisone and anti-depressants like Prozac. Most people are aware that aspirin can cause stomach bleeding and so can Ibuprofen. The combination of these two drugs has also been connected with severe asthma.

More seriously, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Celebrex have been associated with some severe side effects like cardiovascular events and life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding. In fact, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) issued in April of 2005 a requirement that this drug list on its packaging the serious side effects that have been associated with it.

More and more health professionals are recommending Hydrotherapy for treatment of pain and stiffness related to RD. Just six weeks of water therapy improves mobility and function in people with osteoarthritis according to the Arthritis Care and Research journal. It continues to report that hydrotherapy can greatly improve the quality of life for patients suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Patients who received hydrotherapy reported significant improvement when assessed after treatments.

You may wish to ask your doctor if hydrotherapy is right for you.

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