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The Benefits of Swimming for People With Disabilities

Updated on August 2, 2016

The simple truth is that many people today live in constant pain. This is particularly true in the case of people who have Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis. Both of these challenges involve several different portions of the body in pain all at once. Although they are on medicine, sometimes they need even more support. Daily swimming can decrease the stress that comes with constant pain. A good fitness pool is a state-of-the-art affordable therapy pool that is best positioned to meet this need.

When people have significant health challenges, they often do not feel like socializing. This particularly happens in the case of Fibromyalgia, because of the high level of the chronic pain the people feel. Since people with Fibromyalgia often have a variety of unpleasant sensations in the body all going on simultaneously, they truly need physical relief. To experience the benefits, all they need to do is a minimum of twenty minutes, on four times a week. That is a very short time commitment that can provide a high level of return in the form of relaxation. A good therapy pool can allow them to become more relaxed and feel better so they may socialize more easily with others in their daily lives.

In addition to providing relief for Fibromyalgia, swimming is beneficial for Multiple Sclerosis. Since water removes the feeling of gravity pushing against the body, people with Multiple Sclerosis often feel instantly better in the water. Also, since movement becomes easier, they also experience the psychological benefit of feeling liberated and empowered. Mobility can be improved by regular swimming exercise. Pain and anxiety that accompany Multiple Sclerosis can also be lessened. Taken together, the improvement in pain and anxiety can provide enhancement in mood and relieve depressed spirits. Swimming is a fun and generally pleasant activity to do and it brings so many improvements, both physical and psychological.

Some people with health challenges can greatly improve by using a great pool daily. Daily swimming can decrease stress and chronic pain. Actually, all that is needed is a four day a week commitment to see the health benefits. Also, individuals with conditions like Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis can benefit from an above ground lap pool. Get a fitness pool for improvement as daily swimming decreases stress, enhances sociability and lifts mood.



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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 20 months ago

      This is good information, Yecall, and in my experience it is correct. I have a condition resulting from a spinal injury called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), formerly called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), and I am currently doing water physical therapy for this condition. CRPS, in my book, is nothing but a localized fibromyalgia, so that's why I can agree. The symptoms are the same, but localized like in arm or arms or in a leg or legs, and it responds to the same treatments and medications. Mine are in both my arms. I've had it for several years now and my muscles are shot due to sitting around. I decided to get some professional help besides medication. When my Physical therapy is over, I plan on getting a club membership and swimming on a regular basis.