Water Therapy for Chronic Pain

People are always asking about things they can do to relieve their chronic pain on their own time. We’ve talked about plenty of home remedies on the blog before, but one avenue we haven’t explored is water therapy.

Water therapy is growing in popularity as a treatment for chronic conditions because of its numerous benefits, including:

  • Chronic pain relief
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Increased movement function
  • Decreased load bearing
  • Decompression of inflamed joints and discs
  • Relaxation
  • General exercise

What is Aqua Therapy?

Aqua therapy, otherwise referred to as pool therapy, involves preforming an exercise program or a set or exercise in the water. Oftentimes patients with chronic pain can’t preform regular exercises because the movements serve to exacerbate the pain, but aqua therapy can provide the relief they need. Because the load bearing in joints is decreased while in the water, patients can move their body without putting extra stress on painful areas of the body.

Water Therapy for Chronic Pain

Aqua therapy is beneficial for patients with numerous health conditions, including:

  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Migraines or headaches

As we’ve mentioned before, chronic pain affects more than 50 million Americans every year. A chronic pain specialist can help you with injections or other hands-on treatment options, but it’s going to take some work on your own to rid yourself of your pain. If other home treatments have failed, or you simply want to explore a new exercise technique, give water therapy a try.

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Thomas Cohn, MD

Interventional pain doctor helping Minnesotans manage back, neck, foot, and other pain. Board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with additional board-certification in pain management from the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) and the American Board of Pain Medicine (ABPM).