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How does water therapy help people with fibromyalgia?

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Water therapy strengthens and conditions as you move your body against the water. Water supports your weight during movement, which helps reduce impact on muscles and joints. It can also provide mild resistance. Whether stretching in the water, using a kickboard as a floatation device as you push and kick, or swimming using slow, gentle strokes, water therapy can provide a gentle form of conditioning. That makes it quite beneficial for many people with fibromyalgia.

From: Fibromyalgia and Exercise WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Fibromyalgia and Exercise." McIlwain, H, MD, and Bruce, D, PhD. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

National Institutes of Health.

UpToDate.

Carson, J. , November 2010. Pain

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 02, 2018

SOURCES: Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Fibromyalgia and Exercise." McIlwain, H, MD, and Bruce, D, PhD. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

National Institutes of Health.

UpToDate.

Carson, J. , November 2010. Pain

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 02, 2018

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