For many patients with fibromyalgia, shortness of breath can be a way of life. However, according to a new study, there may be help for patients. New non-drug therapy might help relieve chest strain in people with fibromyalgia. Two kinds of water therapy treatments also helped relieve the pain commonly associated with the chronic condition.
During the study, Turkish researchers evaluated more than 50 fibromyalgia patients. All participants were divided up into one of three different groups. All of the teams received traditional physical therapy, and two of the groups also received an additional session of water therapy including hydrotherapy and warm water therapy.
Each study participant was treated daily over a period of three weeks, with the exception of Sundays. Following treatment, lung function tests and pains scores were taken and compared to scores collected prior to the beginning of treatment.
The tests showed that patients perceived their breathing to be easier after completing in both forms of water treatment.
Who is affected by fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia mostly affects females. In fact, more than 80% of people with fibromyalgia are women between 35 and 55 years old. However, the condition still does affect men, children, and seniors. It can occur on its own or be connected with another disease like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
What are the common symptoms?
- Widespread pain or sensitivity to stimulus
- Trouble sleeping
- Jaw pain
- Irritable bowel
Fibromyalgia can be made worse by a number of different factors including acid reflux, dizziness, muscle weakness, nasal congestion, sweating and more. So the news that non-invasive therapy can improve quality of life for sufferers is welcome to those with the condition.