Fibromyalgia is a widespread disorder characterized by targeted pain points, sensitivity to pressure, difficulty sleeping and other problems. While it affects more women than men – at roughly a 7:1 ratio – fibromyalgia is still a worrisome condition that afflicts everyone. More than 5 million adults in North America suffer from this disease.
Onset can be sudden, while the pain and discomfort can last a lifetime. But effective relief may be as close as your own backyard spa. With regular hydrotherapy for fibromyalgia, patients enjoy:
- Long-term pain relief
- A sense of calm and well-being
- Optimal blood circulation, which is essential for all healing processes
- Reduced “tender point pain”
- And much more
Different fibromyalgia hydrotherapy methods have been undertaken in recent years. Based on the evidence so far, it appears that regular hot tub therapy for fibromyalgia is effective. That’s not exactly surprising, given the already impressive amount of scientific literature that connects hot tub use with arthritis relief, but it’s still encouraging to know that, more and more, studies show that hot tubs are good for fibromyalgia!
Fibromyalgia impacts patients twelve months per year, which means that Arctic Spas hot tubs and swim spas make the perfect place for therapy and relief. Because Arctic Spas hot tubs are designed to thrive in unforgiving climates, any patient can now access effective, convenient pain relief whenever they require it.
But what about the link between fibromyalgia pain relief and hot tubs? Does it exist, and can an Arctic Spas hot tub or swim spa offer therapeutic function? We’ve looked at some interesting studies, and the answers may surprise you!
Hot Tub Therapy for Fibromyalgia – What the Data Says
A 2008 analysis studied the impact of hydrotherapy (including regular hot tub use) over a 16-year period. Results showed a positive correlation with hydrotherapy and spa treatments for fibromyalgia. Regularly scheduled tests were supplemented by randomly controlled trials, and each concluded that short and long-term hot tub use helped reduce typical fibromyalgia pain and pressure points, including the lower neck, hips and knees.
Another study examined how winter hydrotherapy benefitted fibromyalgia patients. Using a specialized metric called a “vigor-activity” score, researchers were able to document how hydrotherapy and consistent hot tub use improved overall well-being, reduced pain and increase energy levels.
The latter study is particularly apt for Arctic Spas hot tub owners, because their spas and hot tubs are built to withstand the most brutal weather conditions. Thus, year-round relief from fibromyalgia is within reach for any patient who wants it!
To learn more about Arctic Spas and how our hot tubs can offer entertainment value along with effective fibromyalgia pain relief, please visit your nearest Arctic Spas store today. You can also give our customer service department a call at 800-309-1744. Thanks for considering Arctic Spas for your next hot tub or swim spa!