Originally Posted by painman2009
I keep seeing the epsom salt idea here but i have only stand up stalls and my house isn't big enough to change them. re the pool. I do not give in that easily Im stubborn that way i need to try giving this a chance. Im really just trying to see how this has effected others and how they coped. It might not be for me (that will suck) but for zoo many reasons(100 lbs of reasons) I need to try again
I am doing aquatherapy. I'm relatively new to the disease. I started aquatherapy with a PT on a treadmill in about 4 ft. of water. The sessions were 2Xs/wk and the time in the water was about 15 min. I found I needed water shoes because the current on my foot was too painful (site of original injury). But then the PT's aquatherapy motherboard fried and the department is waiting on parts.
I didn't want to interupt my aquathery routine so I started my own aquatherapy at the local Y. The water temp is about 84 degrees. The advantage I found with the Y is that I just float or slowly tread water without any pressure on my foot. I tread the water in an upright position and just move my legs as if I'm riding a bicycle but without the pressure. The way I look at it is that my body is feeling comfortable sensation all over all at once so hopefully (???) I'll be able to reprogram my brain.
I love being in the water. What I have to be careful with is that I don't want to get out. I think I spend too much time in the water (over 1 hr.). If I were still working with my PT, he would make sure I didn't overdo it. I pay for it in that I get very fatiqued and, later that day, my right leg gets much colder to touch. I don't know if that's related to spending too much time in the pool or just part of the disease.
I do believe the aquatherapy is helping the mobility of my right ankle and foot. I'm finding more flexibility in both.
That's been my recent experience with aquatherapy. If you decide to stick with it, just be careful not to overdo it.