The jury is still out on the benefits of hydrotherapy in treating fibromyalgia. Some patients benefit and some do not. According the Langhorst, et al. the short term benefits are only moderate.
Because of comorbid myofascial pain syndrome as a peripheral pain generator to amplification of pain in the brain, fibromyalgia, warm water hydrotherapy such as the massaging motion from a hot tub, make be of greater benefit. Warm water exercise, on the other hand, can activate latent myofascial trigger points, https://thesethree.com/Myofascial_Pain.html# MTPs because resistance is minimal in water. Warm water is always suggested regardless because of the cold intolerance associated with fibromyalgia.
Langhorst J, Musial F, Klose P, Häuser W. Efficacy of hydrotherapy in fibromyalgia syndrome--a meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical trials. Thematology (Oxford) 2009 Sep;48(9):1155-9. Epub 2009 Jul 16.
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