Does Aquatic Exercise Really Relieve Pain And Increase Brain Power?

What Is Fibromyalgia Exactly?

Let’s start with some basic definitions. Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by prevalent pain, and scattered tenderness throughout the body. The word “fibromyalgia” originates from the Latin term for coarse tissue (fibro) as well as the Greek ones for muscle mass (myo) and also discomfort (algia).

Although fibromyalgia is typically considered an arthritis-related condition, it is not truly a kind of arthritis (a condition of the joints) because it does not create swelling or damage to the joints, muscular tissues, or various other tissues. Like arthritis, nonetheless, fibromyalgia can create substantial pain and tiredness, and it can interfere with an individual’s capability to continue to perform day-to-day activities. Fibromyalgia is also considered a rheumatic problem, aka a medical problem that harms the joints and/or soft tissues which also triggers chronic pain and discomfort.

In addition to pain and fatigue, people who have fibromyalgia may experience a variety of other symptoms including: cognitive and memory problems (sometimes referred to as “fibro fog”), sleep disturbances, morning stiffness, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, painful menstrual periods, numbness or tingling of the extremities, restless legs syndrome, temperature sensitivity, and sensitivity to loud noises or bright lights.

It is estimated that fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans age 18 or older. For unknown reasons, a majority (80 to 90 percent) of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women; but, men and children also can be affected. Fortunately, recent medical studies are suggesting that aquatic exercise can help relieve and improve fibromyalgia symptoms including pain and cognitive function.

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Beating Pain and The Fibro Fog

In 2007, a study was conducted by medical researchers Diego Munguía-Izquierdo and his associates to understand the effect of aquatic exercise on fibromyalgia. The team conducted an experiment with 60 middle-aged women with fibromyalgia, randomly assigning them to an aquatic exercise training group or a control group for 3 sessions per week of aquatic training for 16 weeks. Afterwards, pain was assessed in patients using a pressure dolorimeter and the severity of fibromyalgia was evaluated using the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire. Cognitive function was also measured in healthy individuals and patients using standard neuropsychological tests. All these patients were measured at baseline and post-treatment.

The results are very encouraging. The exercise group showed significantly improved pain threshold, tender point count, self-reported pain, and cognitive function, compared to the control group. This suggests that an exercise aquatic therapy routine for as little as three times per week can be a helpful treatment to decrease pain and the severity of fibromyalgia as well as significantly improve cognitive function.

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Pain Relief And Greater Memory Without Leaving Home

In the past, having a home aquatic exercise center or water gym was often cost prohibitive. But after years of research, Fitmax Inc is proud to introduce the iPool, the cutting edge innovation in home aquatic therapy technology. The iPool supplies a user with hours of swimming and exercise at 1/10th the price of a typical swimming pool. The high quality galvanized steel frame can fit into your garage, basement, yard, or greenhouse providing you all the benefits of aquatic exercise with less chemicals and less hassle.

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The iPool occupies a total footprint of just 8.5 ft x 11.5 ft x 8ft of area, much less compared to a minivan or perhaps some sedans. Due to the fact that it is so easy to put together as well as uses minimal parts, it is mobile as well as could additionally be taken anywhere that you want to go. No more having to wait in line or in traffic to use a pool in a local gym or rec center. The iPool brings aquatic exercise right to your home!

Relax the body and also nerves while decreasing anxiety and sleeplessness. Rest much better and also really feel greater mental clarity and pain relief after soaking and exercising in our warm water pool. Finally appreciate all the benefits of water therapy in the privacy and comfort of your own home!

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