Swimming can significantly soothe fibromyalgia pain, European researchers reported in February after studying aquatic exercise as an effective fibromyalgia treatment.
In this study, published in the journal "Arthritis Research & Therapy," researchers divided 33 female study participants into two groups. For eight months, one group exercised in warm water for more than 60 minutes three times weekly. The other group did no aquatic training.
The swimming women reported an improved quality of life and said the workouts eased their pain.
Researchers noted that adding an aquatic exercise program to the fibromyalgia treatment mix is effective for pain and cost-effective in terms of both health care costs.