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Why does a physical therapist use hydrotherapy to treat fibromyalgia?

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Hydrotherapy may help provide short-term relief of fibromyalgia pain. Cold compresses may reduce the pain of an injury, such as a sprain or strain. Moist heat may give relief to fibromyalgia's chronic muscle pain or trigger point pain. You may use a moist heating pad, a warm, damp towel, or a hydrocollator pack. You can also stand or sit on a stool in the shower and let warm water hit the painful area on your body.

From: Fibromyalgia and Physical Therapy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." U.S. Department of Labor: "Physical Therapists." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.


The Fibromyalgia Handbook, 

Lanhorst, J et al. (Oxford), 2009.  Rheumatology

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 05, 2018

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." U.S. Department of Labor: "Physical Therapists." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.


The Fibromyalgia Handbook, 

Lanhorst, J et al. (Oxford), 2009.  Rheumatology

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 05, 2018

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