Hi, I am one of the weird ones who likes heat and ceases to function properly when cold, so the heat in a pool makes me feel better. About four times a year I go to a pool (payasyougym) down the road and have to steal myself for days because after I know I will be flummoxed for days! Anyway, they have a bubble pool which releases all the tension in my spine, it looks a bit unusual as I move about where the bubbles are to various bits, I also lift my legs a little so the bubble works from my feet which hurt a great deal down to the knee and thigh area which really hurts. The hot bubbles make my legs feel better. I then do my spine and arms which sometimes are a bit floppy and dead-feeling. Then I go and swim a short way just to strengthen my legs, it isn’t really swimming as I am not supposed to use my arms for swimming due to the spine damage etc) but I can do swimming with legs and on my back like a frog. These do not hurt me and help keep some strength. The GP a few weeks ago suggested it would be ok holding on the the long floating barrier separating the swimming isles, to hold on and walk up and down in the water. Wow this was hard work but anyway I did a little bit.
The gym is nice as there are lots of people who have push buggies, walking sticks (me), are of a certain age or just normal and not gym buffs in lycra. I then do a little bit of stretching, go home, take max pain killers and wait for it to hurt but and I cannot stress enough, feel really much better. The water treatment for me is brilliant, I feel released a little. Then I spend about two days knowing I will not be able to do much, look after myself, rest, eat well, read and let my body recover properly from what I have put it through. Well worth it as long as I manage my time and energy before and after. I have also found that oiling my legs or brushing them with a course towel after a bath and then oiling helps with my leg pain, control and a little with the floppy foot thing. Good luck.