I love pools. Great for therapy and exercise in general. I also love the jacuzzi bath tub but I can control the pressure. Sometimes it is great sometimes not so much. I have done most post surgical physical therapy in a heated pool. It seems to help my muscles stretch with less pain and is very easy on the joints. I am seriously considering a small lap pool for my house the ones you turn on the jets and can swim agsinst them. I hope you find some relief soon.
I love pools, but I'm currently avoiding them because of all the chlorine. I found out its not good for my health =( I was going to take diving lessons with my cousin this summer, now I might not. Good luck finding something helpful that's also gentle in the body =) T
The best part of going in a pool for me is going into the deep end where I can't touch the bottom. This lets my spine stretch and releases pressure and makes me feel weightless. Unfortunately, after I get in the pool and am in there for a while, relaxed and feeling better, when I swim to the shallow end and stand up, its rough but then, when I get out of the pool... Holy Crap!! I feel like I have an elephant on my shoulders and the pain in my neck, back, hips and knees is like nothing I can describe. I think that would be one time I would register my pain level close to a 9. I went to Florida and was at Clearwater Beach and was in the water for three hours just treading water and floating, etc... When I walked towards the shore and then the water wasn't covering me, I collapsed in the sand from the pain and couldn't get back up. It too three people to get me up and all I wanted to do was get back in the water and not feel that any more. I was mortified and they wanted to call an ambulance. Thank God, they let my Cousin bring the car to the sand's edge and then like five people walked me up supporting me all the way. I have been back to Florida but don't do that any more. I sit at the sand's edge and relax but don't go in to decompress.
There are places that use salt instead of chlorine now. Most therapy locations use chlorine ( I think it is safer for recent surgical wounds) but even some gyms are changing to salt. By the way the salt does NOT leave you feeling sticky like beach water. Sometimes you can use a pool that is owned by an individual that teaches swim lessons at their home. Explore the options just ask if you can pay for lessons and just do your own thing. You are really just paying for the time I have done this before. Best of luck.
I have found the warm pool meant for PT (which is why they keep it warmer) to be great. Sounds like it might work for you as well. It isn't cold like most lap pools like what you describe and no jets like the jacuzzi. Some of the larger hot tubs also have areas away from the jets that might be ok for you but you can't move and stretch the way you can in the pool.
I am an hour from the Rez and their natural hot springs pool and hot tubs. I, like always go out to where I can't touch and hang from a floatie. It's something my pt did with me in their pool. The water at kahneetah comes out of the ground at 132 degrees and they cool it but the pool runs very warm. I checked with my doc and he played the used of weights while I hang as long as it doesn't hurt. Headed that way today and I'll let you know how they work
Oregon, I hope that it is a pleasant and pain relieving experience. That would be so cool to be able to go and get into a natural hot spring and just relax. With my luck, I wouldn't be able to get back out... LOL!!! You'd all see me on the evening news that some wacko women got in the spring and couldn't get herself out. Anyway, you enjoy yourself and I'll be praying for a good result.
Hot or cold makes my pain worse the pool seems to cold and hot tubs to hot. They don't seem to get the pain hot or cold causes me. They want me to do pool therapy but my anxiety about the pain got so bad we skipped it.
It is so different for each one of us, I was just conversing with LMB about prolotherapy injections and that sounded like something I don't want to consider.. Shamm I feel bad that the pool is a source of pain for you, that makes me truly sad😔... Always and Flappy do a google search for hot springs in your state, maybe there is something within reach... I'm sending out the mojo to y'all today. 😘
Thanks, Oregon.. I am glad your results were positive with the weights that you chose to use. It makes me happy to hear that someone has had at least some kind of relief. Makes me feel better that somewhere, perhaps there is hope that I, too, will find something to quell at least some of my pain. I hope you all have a peaceful and low pain day.