Fibromyalgia is a word that we are hearing more and more often lately. An increasing number of Americans suffer from this debilitating disease. The worst part is that the symptoms of this disease are invisible, so many are suffering in silence. With no cure and varying success with treatments, Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat. Many doctors recommend keeping a journal to record the type of pain, when it occurs, and what makes the pain better or worse. This begins to give the patient a toolbox of treatments to try when the pain is at its worst.
We would like to suggest adding a Hot Tub to your toolbox. Regular hot tub use can help those who suffer from chronic pain, like Fibromyalgia in a number of ways.
First, hot tubs offer relief from muscle pain and joint stiffness which are frequent concerns for fibromyalgia sufferers. The moist heat of a hot tub increases blood flow which helps to heal muscles and relieve soreness. The increased blood flow also helps to act like a lubricant for your stiff joints, increasing your range of motion. Relaxed muscles and a better range of motion can help break the pain cycle that many who suffer find themselves in. Being active helps you to feel better, but with sore muscles and stiff joints it is hard to be active, so you remain sedentary which can lead to weight gain, muscle stiffness and you guessed it more pain. A hot tub can help break that cycle.
A good night’s sleep is necessary for helping your body function at its best. For those who Suffer from Fibromyalgia a good night’s sleep can be very hard to come by. In addition to all of the usual things like stress and worry that keep people awake at night, many who sufferer also experience night time pains that either keep them from falling asleep, or keep them from staying asleep. Those who make soaking in their hot tub part of their nightly routine, report having a better night’s sleep and more regular sleeping patterns. Just imagine what a difference it would make in your life if you could consistently be getting good sleep.
In one form or another exercise is usually recommended for those with Fibromyalgia. As we discussed earlier this can be very difficult when you are in a cycle of pain. It is hard to workout when you are hurting, but not working out can lead to an increase of pain. Again, a hot tub can help. a quick search will turn up many stretches and exercises that can be done in your hot tub. This is ideal for those with muscle pain and joint stiffness because the water alleviates much of the pressure that is put on your body during a dry workout. With up to 90% of your bodyweight being supported by the water, most are able to exercise with a very minimal amount of pain and a better range of motion.
As with all things, those suffering from Fibromyalgia will need to start slow with their hot tub use and know their limitations, but a hot tub can work wonders for those who have to live daily with this debilitating disease. Stop by and see us at Atlanta Spa and Leisure we carry a huge selection of new and certified pre-owned hot tubs. We are sure to have the perfect hot tub to help you manage your pain and start living life to its fullest.