Swimming may be just as effective for alleviating pain as painkillers. Doctors conducted a study on a man who suffered from excessive facial flushing. The man had surgery on the nerves in his chest to reduce the flushing.
The surgery was successful. However, the man suffered from severe pain that could not be relieved with surgery and physical therapy. The constant pain ruined the man’s life because he was an athlete before the surgery. He decided to turn to swimming for pain relief. The man did not feel any pain while he was swimming. The pain also went away after he stopped swimming.
The man’s quality of life has greatly improved. He has been able to return to his normal activities including his athletics. He has also not had any pain.
Doctors do not know exactly why this happened. However, they do believe that immersing yourself in cold water can shock the sympathetic nervous system. This can help alleviate pain. They also believe that the swimming in cold water can alter pain perception.
Pain relief is not the only benefit that can be reaped from swimming. It helps take some of the stress off of the body. It can also build your endurance and muscle strength. Additionally, it is a workout that requires you to use all of the major muscle groups in your body.