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Open water swimming – benefits to chronic pain sufferers

Water based exercise, including swimming, is claimed to be particularly effective for patients with fibromyalgia or chronic pain syndrome (CPS). Social media new feeds are full of images of people dipping their toes in a local lake, or donning wetsuits and taking off for a swim in the sea for a variety of mental and physical health benefits.

With the increase in popularity of open water swimming throughout lockdown and the numerous reports revealing the health benefits of wild swimming, many fibromyalgia sufferers are taking to the water to try to improve their health.

 

Fibromyalgia and exercise

Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, exercise can help to ease the symptoms associated to it. Exhaustion is a typical effect of fibromyalgia with 4 out of 5 people with the condition suffering from fibro-fatigue. Exercise in general is one of the most effective ways to reduce fibro-fatigue. It can also help to alleviate pain, prevent future flare-ups and reduce symptoms of depression. Not only can exercising improve your overall health and increase your energy, but the endorphins released during a workout can also help you get a better quality of sleep at night – again key for those diagnosed with fibromyalgia or CRPS.

A recent report has shown that tension, fatigue, memory impairment, and negative mood all improved with the duration of swimming, and regular exposure to cold water is said to increase antioxidant levels in the body and reduce inflammation, which could help manage chronic pain symptoms.

Swimming is of course a non-weight-bearing sport because the buoyancy of the water counteracts the effects of gravity, therefore if an accident or injury is to blame for your chronic pain symptoms and prevents you from exercising fully, water based exercise may be an option worth considering.

If you are suffering from fibromyalgia as a result of an injury or accident that was not your fault, get in touch with Brian Barr Solicitors to see if you’re eligible to claim compensation. Call us today on 0161 737 9248 or visit our website to find out more.

 

We do not endorse any research, studies or sources mentioned within our blogs and comments. The blog is for information purposes only as we are not medical professionals. We do not endorse any medical advice provided and would strongly recommend anyone seeking medical advice to contact their local healthcare provider before any changes to treatment and/or management of your condition is undertaken.

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