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Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia Relief: Discover the Healing Benefits of Watsu and Aquatic Bodywork

by Alex Medin January 01, 2023

Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia Relief: Discover the Healing Benefits of Watsu and Aquatic Bodywork

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and tenderness. It is often accompanied by other symptoms such as sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating, and mood changes. The cause of fibromyalgia is not fully understood, and it is thought to be related to a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors.

 

How can Watsu and Aquatic Healingwork help?

Watsu, also known as water shiatsu, is a form of bodywork that involves gentle stretches and massages while floating in a warm pool. It has gained popularity in recent years as a method of relaxation and stress reduction, and it offers a variety of potential benefits for those who try it.

 

Watsu & Aquatic Healingwork

 

One of the primary benefits of Watsu is pain relief. The buoyancy of the water can help to support the weight of the body, reducing pressure on joints and making it easier to relax and release muscle tension. This can be particularly helpful for those with chronic pain or discomfort, including those with conditions such as fibromyalgia.

A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2006 examined the effects of Watsu on a group of individuals with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition often associated with trauma. The study found that Watsu treatments were associated with significant reductions in pain, fatigue, and depression in participants.

This other study showed statistically significant improvements on those with Arthritis in physical functioning, disability index, distress index, and functional health status after treatment compared to conventional hydrotherapy.

In addition to pain relief, Watsu can also improve flexibility and range of motion. The stretches and massages performed by the therapist, as well as the buoyancy of the water, can help to loosen and relax the muscles, improving flexibility and range of motion. This can be particularly beneficial for those with physical limitations or disabilities that make traditional exercise or stretching challenging.

Watsu can also provide stress reduction, improved sleep quality, improved circulation, and promote feelings of well-being. These additional benefits can also be helpful in the management of musculoskeletal issues, as they can help to improve overall physical and mental health.

It's important to note that Watsu should be performed by a trained professional and that individuals should consult with their healthcare provider before starting any new treatment regimen. Watsu may not be suitable for everyone, and it's important to consider any potential risks or contraindications before starting treatment.

Overall, Watsu can be a helpful tool for those looking to manage musculoskeletal system issues, including chronic pain and discomfort. Its relaxation and stress reduction effects, as well as its ability to improve flexibility and range of motion and provide pain relief, make it a valuable treatment option to consider. If you're interested in exploring the potential benefits of Watsu for muscle and skeletal system issues, we recommend speaking with a trained professional to determine if it is a suitable treatment option for you.

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